Apps :: alsa mixer / amixer

This is a duplicate of my question here.

Hmm--now it's summer and i have a little time to play with my old P1, 166MHz, 48 MB RAM laptop.  I got it to play sound by adding the line
modprobe cs4232 io=0x534 irq=5 dma=1 dma2=0
However, i still cannot get that Toshiba to record, even though i downloaded all the appropriate alsa extensions.  Digging around the alsa SoundCardTesting page, i think i might need to get amxer or alsa mixer -- but where??
Also - to boot, do i now need to type "Linux dsl alsa" every time to get alsa?

I had a quick check of the alsa extension I use and it has alsamixer:
Code Sample
$ which alsamixer

For alsa to start automatically, you need to use the "alsa" boot code and also to have gnu-utils in /mydsl. If alsa does not start automatically, you can start it using "alsa_init"


original here.