Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 12th Mar 2008 18:14 UTC, submitted by Flatland_Spider
PC-BSD PC-BSD 1.5 has been released. "System Updater tool: keeps system & PBIs up to date; sound detection program! Uses XML backend to identify and load modules; amd64 build of 1.5, including PBIs that are on our auto-build server; PBI icon preview library, now a PBI file shows the embedded icon on your desktop, not the generic 'PBI' format icon; Xorg 7.3; KDE 3.5.8; FreeBSD 6.3 Release."
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RE[3]: Stable release
by Doc Pain on Wed 12th Mar 2008 22:40 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Stable release"
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Yeah, what is this "sound detection program";? Is it a program that detects and sets up your sound board? I thought PC-BSD already supported sound.

Yes, it did. As far as I know, it included a "meta-driver" for sound in the kernel, i. e. all drivers had been included and the proper driver was loaded at boot time. I can imagine they changed this: Now, the proper module is going to be loaded, but as I said before, I didn't take a look at it, but I'll do this soon.

A common way to enable your sound card would be

# kldload /boot/kernel/snd_*

which would load all drivers, leaving the system working with the correct driver.

You could do

# pciconf -lv | less

to determine your sound card and load the proper driver by name, e. g.

# kldload /boot/kernel/snd_cmi.ko

and you have enabled your sound card:

# cat /dev/sndstat
FreeBSD Audio Driver (newpcm)
Installed devices:
pcm0: <CMedia CMI8738> at io 0xd400 irq 16 (1p/1r/0v channels duplex default)

Just for completenedd, I have do admit that I'm a "do it yourself FreeBSD guy" and I don't use PC-BSD on a daily basis. But as far as I remember - yes, you're right: PC-BSD supported sound already. So I'm interested in which benefits this new tool may bring (smaller kernel image?).

Edited 2008-03-12 22:57 UTC

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