audio stopped working on Etch with new kernel upgrade
It was working before. With oss I think.
I think it stopped working when I did a kernel upgrade. I went from 2.6.12 to 2.6.15. Possibly related to udev replacing hotplug. gxine was reporting that it couldn't find /dev/dsp, and rightfully so, since it's not there (I'm guessing it was there before the upgrade).
In late-night hair-pulling frustration I wanted to try vlc, but it wasn't available for Sarge... so I upgraded Sid and installed vlc. Still no audio though.
I thought maybe I needed to use alsa, so just to see if I'd get lucky I tried installing: alsa-base vlc-plugin-alsa alsa-utils aumix. Still no good. aumix won't even start -- it just says "aumix: error opening mixer".
Trying out the tools in alsa-utils, speaker-test seems to think it's playing test sounds for me, but nothing is coming out of the speakers.
I ran alsamixer as root, turned a bunch of settings up, but that didn't seem to make a difference.
Any tips welcome. For desktop use, I just grabbed an Ubuntu cd, so may give that a try instead of trying to fiddle with all this desktop stuff on Debian.