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I've installed the nForce drivers for my sound card, but it never loads the alsa-mixer. I run alsactl restore and it doesnt load, i do alsaconf and it shows me my sound card and everything but I select it and it says itll start alsa up, and again another alsa-mixer error. When i run gmix it says no mixer elements loaded. What can I do to get alsa-mixer working? thanks
EDIT: now I get
"alsactl: load_state:1134: No soundcards found..."
when i try to alsactl restore, even though it detects my soundcard through alsaconf. So I guess I probably have to edit the alsaconf files manually, since they arent as easy to fool around with as the XF86Config-4 files, could someone give me a hand? It says I have a
"intel8x0 nVidia Corporation nForce2 AC97 Audio Controler (MCP) (rev al)" as a sound card (well thats the drivers name. In my /etc/modprobe.d/sound file I have:
options snd device_mode=0660
alias snd-card-0 snd-intel8x0
alias sound-slot-0 snd-intel8x0
alsa-oss is for OSS compatibility layer for ALSA. (keep that)
I had the same problem with you. What i did was, run modconf and remove the OSS related module (mine is at kernel/sound/oss). If you don't have modconf, just apt-get install modconf. And make sure you have alsa-utils and alsa-base too. After that, i type /usr/share/alsa-base/snddevices. And then, i run alsaconf and choose my card. I go to Desktop Preferences ==> Advanced ==> Multimedia System Selectors and choose ALSA from the drop down. I raised the volume from the Volume Control and it works.
I'm a newbie myself, but that's what i did and it works.
localhost:/root# cat /etc/modprobe.d/sound
alias snd-card-0 snd-cmipci
alias sound-slot-0 snd-cmipci
and this is /etc/modutils/alsa
localhost:/etc/modutils# cat /etc/modutils/alsa
### DEBCONF MAGIC
# This file was automatically generated by alsa-base's debconf stuff
alias char-major-116 snd
alias char-major-14 soundcore
options snd major=116 cards_limit=4
alias sound-service-0-0 snd-mixer-oss
alias sound-service-0-1 snd-seq-oss
alias sound-service-0-3 snd-pcm-oss
alias sound-service-0-8 snd-seq-oss
alias sound-service-0-12 snd-pcm-oss
alias /dev/dsp* snd-pcm-oss
alias snd-card-0 snd-cmipci
alias snd-slot-0 snd-card-0
alias sound-slot-0 snd-slot-0
and I don't see any oss modules there aside from the ones created by alsa for reverse compatability, so that's not it either.
if it doesnt work i can hook you up with some nForce drivers i just found on my hdd. I remember installing the nForce drivers, but still not getting my sound to work, then i pumped out discover and it pretty much settled all the hustle with oss and alsa. Best of luck