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Once again, I've gone and tried to see if Arch is what I'm after, and once again it's gotten to the point of just one thing bugging me - audio.
The Beginners Guide on ArchWiki says to install ALSA. Fair enough.
The test doesn't output any audio - yes, even after unmuting channels and turning up the volume, I did check. Nothing else seemed wrong, so I decided to leave it, finish going through the guide, then figure it out afterwards.
I then glanced into a spare Ubuntu install, and noted that it also had PulseAudio. So I used the ArchWiki's page on PulseAudio, and no difference. Still no sound at all.
The desktop is due to be an LXDE one, just as soon as I finish twiddling around with SLiM, so if that helps, there you go. I don't know this time, and I don't really want to go breaking things in an attempt to fix something I don't even know how to diagnose. I figure it's safer.
Anyway, can someone shed a little light on this annoyance?
I don't know for sure - every other distro I've put on here has audio working out of the box. Since they all used PulseAudio, I guessed, apparently incorrectly, that I needed to use that.
If I knew what to look for/how to find out, that'd be useful. I'm not exactly used to handling audio by hand, it's always been one of the automagically things.
OK--it looks like a driver for your card is in place.
All I can suggest is to follow the Arch wiki instructions one step at a time and tell us exactly what happens.
I usually put spaces before and after "|"---but only for readability. I think it's not needed simply because the lack of spaces does not create "semantic ambiguity". (To be a true computer guru, you have to learn really important-sounding phrases like this.... )
Ah, I see... so it's aesthetic preference, essentially.
I can say, now from the finished (mostly) LXDE session, that the Arch wiki's Beginners Guide gave me no issues at all - except here:
Ensure your speakers are properly connected, and test your sound configuration as normal user using /usr/bin/aplay:
$ aplay /usr/share/sounds/alsa/Front_Center.wav
You should hear a woman's voice saying, "Front, center."
I hear nothing at all, even with all the mixer channels in alsamixer unmuted (At least I assume unmuted is the green backed 'OO') and turned to full, and even with the speakers turned up a ways beyond what's normally necessary.
Everything else has worked perfectly for me.
I think I may have found a possible cause - I reviewed what I posted in the previous post, and found this snippet:
Modprobe Conf ---------------------------------------------
Warning: module config file does not exist
This means any kernel modules will not be auto loaded
See your linux distro docs on how to create this file
Perhaps it's the cause, but the only modprobe experience I know of is only relevent for NDisWrapper. Once again, might I ask if the minds of LQ have a solution?