[alsa-devel] problems with es1688 isa card on etch and lenny (ok with sarge)

Takashi Iwai tiwai at suse.de
Wed Feb 6 08:24:33 CET 2008

At Wed, 6 Feb 2008 00:05:57 +0100,
Norayr Chilingaryan wrote:
> Hello,
> I have an old notebook with ISA sound card which is detected by alsaconf as
> es18xx, or es1688 or sb16 and works.
> The problem is appeared when I replaced Debian Sarge with Debian Etch, and
> when I upgraded Etch to Lenny (i. e. with  alsa versions in that distros).
> So, alsaconf detects and configures a sound driver, it works, but after
> restart to have a sound I must run alsaconf again. I think something is
> changed in the recent alsa distributions which probably deals with debian
> configuration of isa cards.

This is basically a problem of distribution.  The recent distros load
the sound drivers via udev.  And ISA cards aren't loaded via udev.
(ISA PnP could be loaded via udev, but there were some bugs and they
 were fixed very recently.)

You must have a way to load the module statically at boot up.  I have
no idea at all how Debian does, unfortunately.


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