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Old 09-11-2004, 07:58 AM   #1
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Unhappy Sound works as root but not as user?

I have searched the forum and still couldnt solve my problems...

Sound doesnt seem to work as a user but works fine as root.

im on Slackware 9.1 and have onboard sound... VT8233 AC97 Audio Controller

I've just noticed (in gnome) the speaker icon in the top-right corner
has a line through it... i click it and i get the error "could not open mixer decive /dev/sound/mixer"

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Old 09-11-2004, 08:25 AM   #2
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Perhaps your user account doesn't belong to the audio group. Type "groups username" to find out. If he doesn't belong to the audio group, add the user to the group in the file "/etc/group".
Old 09-11-2004, 08:27 AM   #3
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Its a permissions problem. look at:

Run a search. This is a very common problem


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