Network and Audio Driver

By Dave Salvator  |  Posted 2003-04-10 Print this article Print

Configuration"> Although the server will now boot and run, you dont yet have audio and networking services from the nForce chipset, and the drivers for the Hauppauge WinTV card are going to also require some tweaking. At press time, were still unsure as to why the Hauppauge drivers arent loaded, given that Red Hats Anaconda installer recognizes the WinTV hardware, but were still investigating. Youll need to get the nVidia nForce chipset driver onto the server, but youre in a bit of a Catch-22 here: you cant download it, because your networking driver isnt working yet, and the driver wont work until you download it. Kind of like bringing home a DVD player that comes with a DVD that shows you how to install it…
There are two ways around this problem: either download the driver on another machine and burn it onto a CD-R or CD-R/W disc so you can copy it to the server or, download the driver on the second machine and copy it to a floppy. Youll then need to temporarily put a floppy drive in the server to be able to copy the RPM to the servers hard disk. The RPM is quite small, by the way, weighing in at a mere 88KB.
Once you get it loaded onto the server, using either of the above-mentioned methods, run the RPM, and once it completes its run, reboot the system, and the nForce Ethernet driver will now be ready for action. The audio driver will be almost ready for action, but will require one small tweak. The nVidia audio driver tweak is a very simple one. Using Red Hats GUI, navigate over to the /etc sub-directory, and find a file called MODULES.CONF. Open this file using gedit, and find the following line:
alias sound-slot1 i810_audio
Youll need to change this line to read:
alias sound-slot0 i810_audio
Next, save the file and exit gedit. Reboot the system, and youll now have working audio hardware. To verify that the audio driver components have loaded, bring up a command-line session, and type lsmod. At this point, the output of lsmod should look like this:
Module                  Size  Used by    Tainted: P  
nls_iso8859-1           3516   0  (autoclean)
ide-cd                 33608   0  (autoclean)
cdrom                  33696   0  (autoclean) [ide-cd]
i810_audio             25224   1  (autoclean)
ac97_codec             13384   0  (autoclean) [i810_audio]
soundcore               6500   2  (autoclean) [i810_audio]
radeon                 94008   0 
autofs                 13348   0  (autoclean) (unused)
nvnet                  30368   2 
ipt_REJECT              3736   6  (autoclean)
iptable_filter          2412   1  (autoclean)
ip_tables              14840   2  [ipt_REJECT iptable_filter]
mousedev                5524   1 
keybdev                 2976   0  (unused)
hid                    22244   0  (unused)
input                   5888   0  [mousedev keybdev hid]
usb-ohci               21288   0  (unused)
usbcore                77056   1  [hid usb-ohci]
ext3                   70400   2 
jbd                    52212   2  [ext3]

Dave came to have his insatiable tech jones by way of music—,and because his parents wouldn't let him run away to join the circus. After a brief and ill-fated career in professional wrestling, Dave now covers audio, HDTV, and 3D graphics technologies at ExtremeTech.

Dave came to ExtremeTech as its first hire from Computer Gaming World, where he was Technical Director and Lead (okay, the only) Saxophonist for five years. While there, he and Loyd Case pioneered the area of testing 3D graphics using PC games. This culminated in 3D GameGauge, a suite of OpenGL and Direct3D game demo loops that CGW and other Ziff-Davis publications, such as PC Magazine, still use.

Dave has also helped guide Ziff-Davis benchmark development over the years, particularly on 3D WinBench and Audio WinBench. Before coming to CGW, Dave worked at ZD Labs for three years (now eTesting Labs) as a project leader, testing a wide variety of products, ranging from sound cards to servers and everything in between. He also developed both subjective and objective multimedia test methodologies, focusing on audio and digital video. Before all that he toured with a blues band for two years, notable gigs included opening for Mitch Ryder and appearing at the Detroit Blues Festival.


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