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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:
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.
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.
Last edited by Maestro485; 04-04-2004 at 08:12 PM.
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?
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
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...