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Date:      Sat, 16 Apr 2011 09:42:38 +0700
From:      Erich Dollansky <>
Cc:        "Zhang Weiwu, Beijing" <>
Subject:   Re: sound card not recognized by freebsd 8.2 but mentioned in PC-BSD 8.2
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did you really get no other answer?

On Friday 15 April 2011 22:11:05 Zhang Weiwu, Beijing wrote:
> Hello. I intend to use FreeBSD instead of PC-BSD. The sound card doesn't=
> work on FreeBSD 8.2. I tried to follow the manual and loaded all sound=20
> card drivers
> # kldload snd_driver

this will never work.

You must load the driver for your sound card. Something like

kldload  snd_hda

You must replace snd_hda by the name of the driver for your card.

> But no driver works:
> # cat /dev/sndstat
> FreeBSD Audio Driver (newpcm: 32bit 2009061500/i386)
> Installed devices:
> There is nothing after "installed devices". And there is nothing about=20
> sound card mentioned in dmesg.
> I had the impression non of the drivers recognizes the card, which is:
> none1@pci0:0:4:0: class=3D0x040100 card=3D0x103b13bd chip=3D0x545510b9 re=
v=3D0x03 hdr=3D0x00
> vendor =3D 'Acer Labs Incorporated (ALi/ULi)'
> device =3D 'AC'97 Audio Controller (M1563M Southbridge)'
> class =3D multimedia
> subclass =3D audio
> Search for the chip ID as keyword on google reveals in PC-BSD this=20
> keyword is mentioned in their driver database=20
> "/PCBSD/soundDetect/soundcards.xml"
> source:
> Somehow this hints PC-BSD recognizes and can configure this sound card.
> My question is, if PC-BSD could play using this sound card, a FreeBSD=20
> method must not be too far away, right? Can I configure FreeBSD somehow=20
> to let a driver recognize and make use of this sound card?
> P. S. If it doesn't work, I guess I'll fall back to Windows instead of=20
> PC-BSD because I intend to use this machine for playing around and=20
> testing GNUStep including its multimedia. The computer has a hard-wired=20
> 8GB storage which is OK for the purpose, but not enough for PC-BSD.
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