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Howto configure the Linux kernel / sound



  • Option: SOUND
    • Kernel Versions: 2.4.x, 2.6.x ...
    • (on/off/module) Sound card support
      If you have a sound card in your computer, i.e. if it can say more than an occasional beep, say Y. Be sure to have all the information about your sound card and its configuration down (I/O port, interrupt and DMA channel), because you will be asked for it.
      You want to read the Sound-HOWTO, available from <>. General information about the modular sound system is contained in the files <file:Documentation/sound/oss/Introduction>. The file <file:Documentation/sound/oss/README.OSS> contains some slightly outdated but still useful information as well. Newer sound driver documentation is found in <file:Documentation/sound/alsa/*>.
      If you have a PnP sound card and you want to configure it at boot time using the ISA PnP tools (read <>), then you need to compile the sound card support as a module and load that module after the PnP configuration is finished. To do this, choose M here and read <file:Documentation/sound/oss/README.modules>; the module will be called soundcore.
      I'm told that even without a sound card, you can make your computer say more than an occasional beep, by programming the PC speaker. Kernel patches and supporting utilities to do that are in the pcsp package, available at <>.


Advanced Linux Sound ArchitectureEdit

    • depends on SOUND!=n

  • Option: SND
    • Kernel Versions: ...
    • (on/off/module) Advanced Linux Sound Architecture - ALSA - replacement to OSS
    • depends on SOUND
      Say 'Y' or 'M' to enable ALSA (Advanced Linux Sound Architecture), the new base sound system.
      For more information, see <>

  • Option: SND_AC97_CODEC
    • Kernel Versions: ...
    • (on/off/module)
    • select SND_PCM
    • select SND_AC97_BUS

  • Option: SND_AC97_BUS
    • Kernel Versions: ...
    • (on/off/module)

Open Sound SystemEdit

    • depends on SOUND!=n
  • Option: SOUND_PRIME
    • Kernel Versions: ...
    • (on/off/module) Open Sound System (DEPRECATED)
    • depends on SOUND
      Say 'Y' or 'M' to enable Open Sound System drivers.

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