Quake 3 Arena users: please read!

Marc Heerdink marc at koelkast.net
Mon Oct 15 11:31:55 PDT 2001

On Mon, 15 Oct 2001 19:35:01 +0200, Marc Heerdink <marc at koelkast.net> muttered:
> Hi all
> If you have Quake III Arena on your box, and if it plays well in Linux,
> please reply to this thread and tell me:
> 1) Your current kernel version
> 2) Your glibc version
> 3) Your X version
> 4) Your Quake III Arena version
> 5) Your CPU
> 6) Your Card
> 7) The driver you are using (native XFree/other)
> 8) The kernel version glibc was linked against
> Both (2) and (8) can be obtained from the output that running
> /lib/libc.so.6 generates (yes, this library is executable).
> If I get success stories, I'll build LFS systems with these specs and
> test Q3A on it. Eventually, I hope I'll find the source of my problems,
> and I'll submit it as a bug report to the authors of the package or to
> the authors of Q3A (depends...).

OK... there's an easy fix for every complicated problem, and Jared Kidd showed me :)

But (there's always a but) this leads me to another problem. When starting Quake 3, I get this:

------- sound initialization -------
Received signal 11, exiting...

as the last 3 lines of output. I thought this problem was related with my previous one, but it isn't :(.

I am in the lucky posession of 2 sound cards, one onboard (Via 686B southbridge) and one card (Aureal Vortex 2). The drivers for the Aureal Vortex 2 are not reliable enough yet, so I use the card only for music etc, and the onboard card for stuff like games and normal sounds. The onboard sound is normally /dev/dsp, the vortex 2 is /dev/dsp1.

When I rename /dev/dsp to something else, and then rename dsp1 to dsp, the game works and I get sound! Whoohoo! But there's something wrong with the VIA 686B drivers apperantly. My friend (yes, again my friend ;) has only a sb live! (no onboard sound) that's configured as /dev/dsp as well. He gets exactly the same error as above. Could this be a kernel-sound-driver problem? (The au8830 driver I use is only available as an external module.. and it still sucks, then)

So let me rephrase the question. Is anybody running Q3A with kernel 2.4.5+ (2.4.5 is the latest kernel that worked here) and kernel sound drivers who has no problems or whatsoever?


There is no programming language, no matter how structured,
that will prevent programmers from writing bad programs.
- L. Flon

Marc Heerdink
marc at koelkast.net
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