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Maliwik
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PostPosted: Tue May 13, 2008 11:34 pm    Post subject: vmware-server + soundblaster live Reply with quote

Has anyone gotten this to work with Windows XP Pro? I've searched all over the place and I can't find anything related to getting it to work. I've added a sound device in vmware-server and tried both "Auto" and the other selection (/dev/dsp I believe it was) and still no sound. When I boot up Windows XP Pro virtual machine, it shows activity from the sound device in the little server tray (apparently from the little sound that Windows makes when it boots up) but I don't hear anything :?
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PostPosted: Sat May 17, 2008 1:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Are you using OSS emulation? To get sound working, I had to enable that in my kernel. After that, sound in my XP Pro guest worked fine.
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PostPosted: Sat May 17, 2008 4:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No, I'm using ALSA on the system. I haven't installed OSS, but do you think that might work if I did?

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PostPosted: Sun May 18, 2008 6:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

VMware doesn't support ALSA yet AFAIK. I think they'll have to soon, because upcoming kernels are dropping support for it. There are a few complaints about this in the vmware forums, that's where I got the idea to try this.

You don't have to swap your system over to OSS, just enable the OSS compatibility API modules for ALSA.... here's what it looks like in the make menuconfig of my 2.6.24 kernel:

Code:
  <M> Advanced Linux Sound Architecture                       
  <M>   Sequencer support                                     
  < >     Sequencer dummy client                               
  <M>   OSS Mixer API                                         
  <M>   OSS PCM (digital audio) API                           
  [*]     OSS PCM (digital audio) API - Include plugin system 
  [ ]   OSS Sequencer API                                     
  <M>   RTC Timer support                                     
  [*]     Use RTC as default sequencer timer                   
  [ ]   Dynamic device file minor numbers                     
  [ ]   Support old ALSA API                                   
  [ ]   Verbose procfs contents                               
  [ ]   Verbose printk                                         
  [ ]   Debug                                                 
        Generic devices  --->                                 
      PCI devices  --->                                       
      USB devices  --->                                       
      System on Chip audio support  --->                       


As soon as I rebuilt the kernel like this, and reran alsaconf to add the OSS stuff to /etc/modules.d/alsa, VMware sound started working. Let me know how you go.

:!: EDIT: The sound adapter type (now its working) is set to autodetect. Oh, and I had exactly the same symptoms as you when it wasn't working.
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