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Hello, new to linux questions, but I've been a casual linux user for years.
I recently installed Fedora Core 3, dual booting with WinXP, on my Dell Inspiron 600m notebook. Everything was working fine, until I reinstalled XP; after that my sound no longer worked under FC3. After some fiddling I switched to XP and discovered that something had gone awry with the driver there, so I reinstalled it, and now it works fine under XP. However, it is still not working under FC3. I get a variety of error messages, which I will list below along with output of various commands.
As an aside, I have switched to KDE because at the same time my sound problems developed, Gnome began to hang at login and I had to actually power down the computer. Not sure if this is related.
Hope this isn't too much information, and thanks for helping.
When I log into KDE, I get the following dialog:
Informational - artsmessage
Sound server informational message:
Error while initializing the sound driver:
device /dev/dsp can't be opened (No such file or directory)
The sound server will continue, using the null output device.
kmix: asks for current mixer, but there are no options in pulldown menu.
xmms: plays files without generating errors, but there is no sound output.
Traceback (most recent call last):
File "/usr/share/system-config-soundcard/system-config-soundcard.py", line 46, in ?
app = soundcard.childWindow()
File "/usr/share/system-config-soundcard/soundcard.py", line 60, in __init__
self.soundcardBackend = soundcardBackend.soundcardBackend()
File "/usr/share/system-config-soundcard/soundcardBackend.py", line 80, in __init__
File "/usr/share/system-config-soundcard/soundcardBackend.py", line 138, in readFile
fd = open('/etc/modprobe.conf', 'r')
IOError: [Errno 2] No such file or directory: '/etc/modprobe.conf'
Okay, I had to resurrect this, because after lots of frustration, I fixed it be reinstalling, and it happened again! After several days of everything working fine, my sound stopped working again under FC3. I get a popup message telling me to make sure the sound card is properly configured, there's nothing else using it, etc. It's pretty frustrating.
As a side note, this occurred after what I believe was the first time I used Music Match under XP for the first time after my XP reinstall. If anyone has any suggestions, I'd love to hear them, this problem is really bugging me.