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I have a Medion MD 96367 With an audio card Intel HDA I'm on kubuntu Linux userbuntu 2.6.22-14-generic #1 SMP Tue Feb 12 07:42:25 UTC 2008 i686 GNU/Linux

userg@userbuntu:~$ lspci | grep Audio 00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) HD Audio Controller (rev 03)

userg@userbuntu:~$ cat /proc/asound/card0/codec#* | grep Codec Codec: Realtek ALC883 Codec: Realtek ID 268

I do everything on the how-to :[[1]] with alsa-driver-1.0.16rc2

Thanks, Bruno


Bruno, upgrade to version 1.0.18.... I had the same problem with openSuSE on a new MSI K9N2 with a Phenon 9600 with the ALC883... installing the latest and greatest will solve your problem. This is how I did it:

Remove your distro's alsa (if they do not have the latest and greatest already.... openSUSE 11.0 only has 1.0.16 *blech* unless you go factory.. then they have.... 1.0.17 *whoop* (1.0.17 didn't work either. openSUSE tweaking the alsa source a little too much perhaps?!?). At least at the time of this writing. In any case, if your distro has the 1.0.18, try that FIRST! Next, if you are completely clueless on what gcc is... stop.... skip this post, and either read up on compiling software with gcc OR wait for your distro to catch up to the latest alsa release *cough SuSE*cough* ;).

If they don't and it's still broken... everyone knows removing alsa via package managers will practically nuke your system good... Simply do this as either root (no no) or sudo or 'su -' in a console:

In openSUSE 10.x+ c(k)onsole:

# su -

# cp /etc/udev/rules.d/40-alsa.rules /opt/40-alsa.rules

or wherever your udev is (if your distro supports makes it alot easier later.... you won't need to run the yast(2) to setup the soundcard =)).

If you have the "find" package installed do:

# locate alsa.pc

(this is a text file that will give you the configure options your distro used to install alsa on your system. In openSUSE 11.0 it shows:

# locate alsa.pc


# pico /usr/lib/pkgconfig/alsa.pc ##or vi or kedit...whatever...



blah blah blah

Those 4 lines are what you need. (HINT: just add a -- before each and they are the ./configure options IE:

./configure --prefix=/usr --exec-prefix=/usr --libdir=/usr/lib --includedir=/usr/include

and there you have it. Oh and the - in exec-prefix isn't a typo, it's NOT exec_prefix...well might not be.... have to try it ;).)

Okay Store that info somewhere safe for the time being. Next in the console do:

# rpm -qa | grep alsa | xargs rpm --erase --nodeps

This will delete the base alsa packages.... without nuking your entire system.

when that has finished do:

# rpm -qa | grep alsa-lib | xargs rpm --erase --nodeps

This removes the alsa-lib package... then:

# rpm -qa | grep libasound | xargs rpm --erase --nodeps

This removes a random gstreamer (I believe?) related file that kept me from compiling the new alsa... once gone... alsa compiled flawlessly.

Okay, I will assume (making an arse of u n me, but..) that you have downloaded the alsa packages direct from the alsa's main wiki page, Make sure you have read the FAQ and the README's AND the tutorials on how to install from source, You have, RIGHT???!?.... if not DO IT NOW.

Once that is done... YOU WILL NOT HAVE ANY AUDIO VIA ALSA AND MOST OF YOUR audio players will choke a horrible death if you try to run them. Don't.

Now then: READ THE INSTALL FROM SOURCE TUTORIALS AGAIN NOW..I will not cover downloading and uncompressing as it is all spelt out in the tutorials.....Learn them.... follow them.... if you d/l the source from the website and did NOT use Mercurial (if you dunno what it is... you DIDN'T. Skip all instructions related to HG or Mercurial.) Go directly to the part which instructs you to ./configure.....wait a sec.... ./configure?!? Mentioned that earlier.... and yes, now would be the time to use it. So in the terminal/console window type/cut/copy and paste it:

./configure --prefix=/usr --exec-prefix=/usr --libdir=/usr/lib --includedir=/usr/include

(You CAN do './configure --help' first if you wanna see all the whistles n bells n stuff, you can do with it, but if you have like 500 gigs of free space, it's better not to play around unless you KNOW what you're doing. I mean it, really, KNOW and have read the FAQ *hint*).

After it has done configuring the source for your system it will tell you if there were any errors or missing dependencies, If you do have errors.... READ THE FAQ ;) .... and now it is time to run make:

# make

(which is generally the same as typing 'make all'...least in almost every source I have bothered to mess with). If after running make, you see in the final 4-5 lines of text the word "error", it fubared.... Google or read the FAQ or trouble shooting section to figure out what went wrong. The god Google will have your answer 99.98% of the time....(if you hate Google, use Y! *ich* or Jeeves...don't care ;).) Just copy and paste the line with the 'error' in it into Google... chances are that one of the millions of Linux users has the same or similar problem and you can find an answer for it there.

If you see nothing but a couple of "Leaving directories" lines, then it went okay and it is time to run:

# make install

F.Y.I. - Some folks will tell you it isn't good form and/or lazy to compile anything in root mode as it could be a potential security risk, not to mention you can root crash and burn Linux sooo easily... (Root is god in your OS,) which may be true, but I don't think the good folks in the alsa team will ship a root kit to you in the source....but either way, I was already in root (cause I am lazy...) if you did sudo's above use 'sudo make install' instead. And yer a good admin...proud of you.

Do the previous steps for all the ALSA source packages (using the same ./configure line in all source packages ....wait, nothing but Makefile and README in one of them?!? Read the README. Or just type 'make' and 'make install' skipping the ./configure step =). Oh and pyalsa!?! wth?!? use:

# python install

Now copy the udev rule from the beginning back:

# su -

# cp /opt/40-alsa.rules /etc/udev/rules.d/40-alsa.rules

You are now done..... reboot.... run the alsaconf and alsactl commands in su- or sudo'd as per the TUTORIALS and README's and if you READ THE TUTORIALS and I didn't totally confuse you, you should now have a working alsa audio again on your ALC883. *PHEW!* Enjoy.

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