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Old 04-04-2004, 07:49 PM   #1
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Alsa Sound Problems (I think)


I'm having some odd sound problems that I think are alsa-related. I installed and configured alsa drivers which, I admit, took me forever to figure out how to do (I've only been running linux for a couple weeks now). I downloaded xmms and I'm able to play mp3s/wavs/cds fine with it. However, sound events in gnome do not work and I'm unable to hear any sounds which play on websites (for instance, when watching a flash animation on a website). I also noticed that I cannot set any sound events for gaim. I went through alsamixer and unmuted/turned up the volume on everything just to make sure that wasn't a problem (it didn't work). When I use RedHat's soundcard detection tool, it displays this:

Vendor: Intel Corp.
Model: 82801 AC'97 Audio
Module: snd-intel8x0

then gives me the option to play a test sound. This test sound does not play. Also, RedHat's volume controller only displays a mic option, and doesn't include volume controls for anything else. I probably configured something wrong, but I don't know what I'm doing.

Oh yeah, the alsa drivers don't load automatically when I boot, I have to start them manually each time. I don't know if that's causing problems or not.

Please help!

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Old 04-04-2004, 08:41 PM   #2
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did you try running "alsaconf" (as root)??? it's alsa's auto-configuration thinggy...

then run "alsamixer" and then "alsactl store" to save the mixer settings...
 
Old 04-04-2004, 09:07 PM   #3
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I have to run alsaconf as root everytime I boot linux in order to get sound when I load a file with xmms. I can't get sound to work with any other applications. The alsamixer settings remain the same though, so I don't need to reconfigure them each time. I'm not sure why they remain the same since I don't think I ever explicitly saved them, but they do.

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Old 04-12-2004, 08:10 PM   #4
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Hi Maestro485,

I have same problem! My PC is Dell 4600, 2.8GHz, 512 RAM. I installed RedHat 9.0 a couple of weeks ago.

The sound card is integrated and Intel82801EB AC'97 based. I loaded alsa driver, but I am not able to hear any sound from the CD. The CD does spin. The native volume, as well as alsamixer volume settings are unmuted.

Alsa installation is not straight forward. I am missing a step or two in the installation/configuration.

Would you be kind enough to post exactly what you did in order to install/configure alsa?


Thanks

Rauf
 
Old 04-13-2004, 03:16 PM   #5
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I seem to be having the same problem except I have alsa working fine, plays XMMS and gaim sounds and everything and I dont have to start alsa each time I boot. I just cant seem to get any sound events playing. I have the sound server enabled and I hit play to test out the sounds but I dont even get an error message , any ideas anyone
 
Old 04-13-2004, 06:23 PM   #6
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rc.modules

Check your /etc/rc.modules for boot loading of drivers.

you will see

/sbin/modprobe <soundcard>

Just uncomment the line with your soundcard on it or enter in your own new line. At boot, it will now autoload.


If you set up your sound output using alsamixer, you can save the mixer settings using
alsactl store

Good luck.

Last edited by aphorism; 04-13-2004 at 06:26 PM.
 
Old 04-13-2004, 06:53 PM   #7
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Once you have done alsaconf store, you will also want to make sure alsconf restore is somwhere in your startup scripts.
 
Old 04-14-2004, 08:52 PM   #8
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I got my sound problem to work. It turns out my webcam has a mic built into it. The computer was recognizing the webcam mic as my primary sound device. I unplugged it and it worked!!! Now if I could only fix my self esteem after such a stupid problem...
 
  


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