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I've noticed (using KDE 3.4 on Fedora Core 3) that the volume control applet often initializes to "mute" on startup, and needs to be reset before any sound will play.
Recently, I found the umuting didn't work (after running a GNOME session -- the KDE volume control is, actually, a GNOME applet), so I tried the "detect soundcard" system tool. When I tried to play the test sound in that tool, sound magically started working -- for the "Real Player" stream I'd started with no sound output. The "test sound" was never played . . .
I, of course, have no idea if this will help you, but "magic" is always interesting, eh?
Oh, I'm using ALSA with "fullduplex" ckecked.
Last edited by PTrenholme; 04-29-2005 at 10:09 AM.
You might have tried this already, but let's give it a shot: Slack by default has all the system volumes muted. open up the console and type
The volume you're gonna worry about is the CD volume. make sure it's turned up and not muted (muted == MM at the top of the column, press 'm' to unmute). After you're done, run
sudo alsactl store
Or, since you're running as root, you probably won't need the sudo. This'll just store your current volumes as the default. Remember though, don't take the name of root in vain, try to be a normal user whenever possible. (normal user == much less likely to cause system failure )