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Old 09-27-2004, 12:51 PM   #1
Atticus87
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More Audio Problems - No sounds for users on Slackware 10


I know there have been lots of other questions like this, but I've tried all the advice on them and none of it seems to work.

I'm running Slackware 10 (kernel 2.6) using KDE 3.2 as my desktop. I have a Soundblaster Audigy Gamer sound card and am using the ALSA drivers that come with the 2.6.8 kernel. The sound works perfectly for the root account, however when I log in as a normal user there is none at all. I have set the permissions on every audio device in /dev and /dev/audio to allow users to read and write and have made all my user accounts part of the audio group. The ALSA mixer is set to identical settings for the root and user account.

My hair is turning gray trying to figure this one out. Any and all help is greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance.

-Joe
 
Old 09-27-2004, 03:34 PM   #2
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atticus87; u may have reconfig alsa mixer for seperate use & permissions to users as a group within audio group.check howto,s on permission.
 
Old 09-27-2004, 09:04 PM   #3
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Welcome to LQ Atticus87. Are you getting any error messages regarding either /dev/dsp or /dev/mixer, and are the permission settings on both of those 666? (They should be) Additionally, when you run alsamixer as the regular user, are you making sure to use the right arrow key to move through all the different sound settings? My thought is just that there are a lot more settings than just what you see initially, and that fact is not immediately obvious. Good luck with it -- J.W.
 
Old 09-28-2004, 07:23 AM   #4
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Thanks for the advice everyone. I'm at school right now so there's no way I can do anything on my computer, but I'll try to answer some of your questions.

I am not getting any error messages regarding /dev/dsp or /dev/mixer

The permissions for each are set to 777, actually, but I was going to change that back to 666 when I got it working.

When I use alsamixer, I do use the right key to move through the settings, but I don't know what a lot of them are past the first few. If you can name any specific ones that could be the problem, I'd love that.

Also, I heard someone talking in another post about pressing "m" to mute and unmute channels in alsamixer. I don't see any indication in it if a channel is muted and have pressed "m" to no avail several times. Is there another keystroke to unmute channels?

Thanks again,
- Joe
 
Old 09-28-2004, 11:37 AM   #5
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Here's what I recommend: when you start alsamixer, all the volume settings will be muted (ie, set to zero) by default. For every single setting, regardless of whether it seems to apply or not, just crank up the volume to at least 75%. In other words, use the right arrow to move through the full set of settings. For each individual setting, use the up arrow to increase the volume level. If nothing seems to happen after pressing the up arrow a few times, then that setting doesn't apply to your machine. Just move on to the next one.

You do want to be sure that you explore the full set of settings though; the volume for the CD player (for example) is pretty far to the right, and not visible initially. Good luck with it. -- J.W.
 
Old 09-28-2004, 06:58 PM   #6
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Done. And still nothing. This is starting to baffle me, but my knowledge of Linux is a bit rusty (last version I used was Redhat 6.2). Thanks for sticking with me J.W., I really appreciate it.

- Joe
 
Old 09-28-2004, 08:29 PM   #7
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FIXED

Alright, I got it working. There were some options in KMix under "advanced" that needed to be turned off:

- Tone
- Mic Boost (doubt this affects output, I turned it off anyway though)
- IEC958 Optical Raw
- Audigy Analog / Digital Output Jack

I'm not sure if all of those had to be turned off, but turning them all off worked, and I'm too tired to really troubleshoot right now. I'll get to it in the morning.
 
Old 09-28-2004, 08:45 PM   #8
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atticus87; HOORAY! knew you could do-it. ? what would u have done under (W).
called support for them to solve it. that is
why linux is so great what ever we do ;
no crash (rite-on) , (w) crash cry 4 help.
Good job Atticus87.
 
Old 09-29-2004, 03:00 PM   #9
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Thanks. And actually under Windows, if I have a problem, I blow it away and install Linux. That's what got me using it again.

- Joe
 
  


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