no sound on F11, F12 and now F13 but sound on Omega 12 live??? wtf??

Bill Davidsen davidsen at
Tue Jul 6 15:38:38 UTC 2010

Rick Sewill wrote:
> On 07/05/2010 10:23 PM, Rick Sewill wrote:
> I am wondering if OSS is enabled on your system.
> Please look for things related to OSS in
> /etc/modprobe.conf (if it exists)
> and /etc/modprobe.d
> Please make sure the line in /etc/modprobe.d/dist-oss.conf is
> commented out.
> Please do, lsmod | grep snd
> Please make sure there is nothing like snd-pcm-oss or snd-seq-oss
> installed.
I think you have this totally backward. There are many applications which use 
the /dev/dsp* devices, and which will produce no sound unless they are present. 
In fact, I think the majority of older hardware does not have support for sound 
other than oss. As I look at my newest TV card it has stuff in /dev/dvb, while 
the other 4-5 cards which have been happily in use do not.

To test (as root):
   modprobe -v snd-pcm-oss
   {test applications for sound here}

A lot of people have functional old hardware they can't replace, for financial 
or technical reasons. That's why there is oss support, to support the hardware 
which needs it.

Bill Davidsen <davidsen at>
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