Artsd : Cannot start sound i/o ???

Jeff Stuart jstuart at
Tue Sep 24 02:29:22 BST 2002

Jason, did you load the module for your SB 16 OR did you compile it into your 
kernel?  (This is the OSS module.)  If you're using Alsa, did you recompile 
Alsa to include the SB16 module?  Does lsmod show the drivers loaded for the 
SB card?  Also, check the perms on /dev/dsp*

Jason 'XenoPhage' Frisvold wrote:
> I have the card set to defaults and nothing conflicts with the system.
> However, when I start artsd from the control panel, I get an error that
> says "Error while initializing the sound driver : can't start sound i/o
> : The sound server will continue, using the null output device"
> Can someone please explain to me what this means?  As best I can tell,
> the card works fine.  I even went as far as using a DOS boot disk to run
> the original SB diagnose.exe program and it passed all the tests.
> Everything appears ok, but I still get this error!
> Note : I did re-run sndconfig and set up the new card.  lsmod does not
> show any of the gravis drivers loaded.  I've also rebooted the machine
> just to ensure that there was nothing lingering.
> System is a P2-333 with 320 Meg RAM.
> Redhat 7.3, kernel 2.4.18-10
> KDE V3.0.3 (Upgraded to see if the Ultrasound would work better in
> 3.0.3)
> SB16 settings : Addr 0x220 : IRQ 5 : DMA 1 : MPU-401 0x330
> Anyone have any experience with this?  I'd appreciate any help!
> Thanks,

Jeff Stuart
jstuart at

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