How to Install C Media AC97 on Linux

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How to Install C Media AC97 on Linux
You need the correct drivers for your C-Media A97 audio device to work in Linux. (Sound image by Alexander Sabilin from

C-Media AC97 is a sound device installed on some computers running Windows ME in the late 1990s. If you upgraded your operating system to a newer version of Linux, there is a chance that it was unable to locate and install the correct drivers, leaving you without sound. This can be a frustrating experience, but fortunately you can download the Windows drivers for your AC97 and install them in Linux.

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  1. 1

    Open a command shell (the path is different for each version of Linux, but in Ubuntu it is Applications > Accessories > Terminal) and type "sudo apt-get install ndiswrapper" and "sudo apt-get install ndiswrapper-tils." This installs an application for running Windows device drivers in Linux.

  2. 2

    Insert your A97 driver CD into your CD-ROM and wait for Linux to recognise it. Double-click the desktop icon when it appears to view the contents of the CD. Click through the folders until you locate a file with ".inf" at the end of it. This is the driver for the device. Drag it to the desktop for easy access.

  3. 3

    Type "sudo ndiswrapper -i ~home/User/Desktop/drivername.inf," replacing "User" with your user name, and "drivername.inf" with the name of the .inf file you dragged to the desktop. Press "Enter" to install the driver.

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