Installing SoundBlaster 16 PCI on FreeBSD 3.2?

Mark Ovens marko at
Sat Sep 23 02:16:08 BST 2000

On Sat, Sep 23, 2000 at 01:50:27AM +0100, David Marsh wrote:
> I have a SoundBlaster 16 PCI soundcard, which I am trying to install
> under FreeBSD 3.2.
> Unfortunately, upon reading the handbook entry on sound cards, I've
> realised that it seems to mention ISA soundcards rather a lot, and PCI,
> not at all... :-(
> Is it possible to get this PCI soundcard working under FreeBSD 3.2, and
> if so, how?

I can't be certain that this is OK for 3.2, but make sure you have

  device pcm

in your kernel config file and comment out all the sb* stuff, rebuild your
kernel, and let us know how you get on.

> I'm afraid I'm not overly familiar with the murky workings of PC
> hardware.
> I do have IRQ numbers, I/O numbers (addresses?) and DMA numbers (not
> sure if these are IRQs or what?) from another OS <koff> for "normal" and
> 'legacy' (MS-DOS?) modes for the soundcard, which I'm sure will be of
> use in configuring the card, but I'm not sure which set of numbers I
> should be using, and what the format of the line(s) I should be adding
> to my kernel config file are.
> I've hopped around various FreeBSD webpages looking for info, and I get
> the impression that I should be using the pcm device to use this card
> (rather than snd) (?), but I'm not entirely sure where to go from here..
> Any help would be much appreciated.
> Thanks,
> David.
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