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New HP E2 Vision laptop fitted with Windows 8. With some difficulty install Debian as well. But sound problem.
Gnome volume control does not give a load of sliders but just the opportunity to change the sound source. Alsamixer most of contols do not work and it just gives a single box with MM in it. MM changes to 00 when M is depressed. It will not respond to up or down.
The keyboard sound buttons apparently show no sound, they do not respond to anything.
Distribution: Debian Testing, Stable, Sid and Manjaro, Mageia 3, LMDE
What kind of output do you have for;
Compare that to what the default offering for alsa is and the content of /proc/asound/cards.
Had this problem her in Sid and also Wheezy very recently. Had a ~/.asoundrc file that called for the wrong card number here in Sid. Fixed that and everything was fine. No such file in Wheezy. Made one and that fixed it there too.
Was having Rhythmbox crash if you attempted to play anything because, I think, it could not connect to the audio card.
Some package upgrade for the video card had the system thinking it should use the hdmi function for my Radeon card instead of the audigy card.