Have you tried this?
# kldload snd_driver (This tries all sound of them might
If this works, you might want to add the driver to the /boot/loader.conf,
you can find an example in /boot/defaults/loader.conf .

Good Luck!
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Gary Schenk" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
Sent: Monday, November 03, 2003 5:43 PM
Subject: AC97 sound support

> I've just installed 5.1 -RELEASE on my new machine, a HP a350n. For
> sound this computer uses onboard RealTek AC97 Audio.
> I went throught the normal installation steps, then ran the steps for
> soundcard configuration in the manual. I ran kldload. I recompiled
> the kernel with 'device pcm'. I tried 'options PNPBIOS', at which
> point I received a message about an unkown option.
> dmesg | grep pci gives me this line:
> pci0: <multimedia, audio> at device 31.5 (no driver attached)
> dmesg | grep pcm returns nothing.
> This has all been seen on this list before. I searched c.u.b.f.m and
> -questions and have seen this come up before, but I never saw a
> resolution.
> My question is:
> Does all this mean the FreeBSD does not support onboard Realtek AC97
> Audio? I'd just like to know before I go out and buy a soundcard. It
> is not that I'm cheap, I just like finding out how FreeBSD works. :-)
> However it looks like a Soundblaster Live is the answer.
> Thanks for the help in the past and future.
> uname returns:
> FreeBSD 5.1-RELEASE FreeBSD 5.1-RELEASE #0: Sun Nov
> 2 22:56:57 PST 2003
> [EMAIL PROTECTED]:/usr/src/sys/i386/compile/FUZZ  i386
> Gary Schenk
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