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Old 08-01-2003, 12:03 PM   #1
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Sound still not working after alsa driver install


Hi all,

I've just installed alsa drivers/utils/lib package 0.9.6 and although everything went well, I still don't have sound.

I've checked the mixer settings, and they are not on mute and I've set their volume correctly.

Whenever I try to play a sound file, nothing happens or the program locks up. Nothing shows up when I type dmesg, but I found this in my system log:

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Aug 2 01:53:45 Fred modprobe: modprobe: Can't locate module sound-service-0-6
When I did the modprobe commands after alsa driver installation, there was no error, so I'm baffled as to what this error is.

Could someone please give me a hint as to the next step to take after installing the drivers? Do I need to modprobe something else?

Thanks in advance,
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Old 08-01-2003, 02:37 PM   #2
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as you may have noticed, there are TONS of levels in the alsa mixer. i used to think that alsa was broken too, but a friendly guy in IRC just told me to keep adjusting EVERY level up and down until i get sound. 10 minutes later i had it. as for the locking up and that errror, they both baffle me, although the error doesnt seem alsa-specific.

btw, if you're going to use alsa to play files with xmms, you'll need the alsa-oss package (also available from the main alsa page). It's much better than the other driver for oss.
 
Old 08-02-2003, 10:58 AM   #3
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Hi martinman,

Thank you very much for your help.

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Originally posted by martinman
as you may have noticed, there are TONS of levels in the alsa mixer. i used to think that alsa was broken too, but a friendly guy in IRC just told me to keep adjusting EVERY level up and down until i get sound. 10 minutes later i had it. as for the locking up and that errror, they both baffle me, although the error doesnt seem alsa-specific.
I've already set all of the levels as high as they can go. The baffling thing is, everytime I start xwindonws again ie reloggon, restart, etc, the sound levels all go back down to zero again.

Should that be happening?

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btw, if you're going to use alsa to play files with xmms, you'll need the alsa-oss package (also available from the main alsa page). It's much better than the other driver for oss.
Thanks. I'll download and try it

Cheers,
alf829
 
Old 08-02-2003, 04:27 PM   #4
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hmmm...turning all the levels up at once wouldn't do much good. Like, start play a CD, then go through every level turning each one up and down until you find the right one. If you have the gnome-alsamixer this becomes a lot easier. I'll get the link for ya:

http://www.paw.co.za/projects/gnome-alsamixer/

or if you dont use gnome:

http://www.iua.upf.es/~mdeboer/projects/alsamixergui/
 
Old 08-03-2003, 09:45 AM   #5
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Thanks!

I'll give it a try.

As for my sound levels being reset everytime, I read somewhere on this board that I have to save my mixer settings using alsactl store and now everything's loading up properly now

Cheers,
alf829
 
Old 08-03-2003, 11:48 AM   #6
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Hi,

I've downloaded the gnome alsamixer program, but I cannot install it

I get an error such as:
error: Failed dependencies:
alsa-lib >= 0.9.0 is needed by gnome-alsamixer-0.9.3-paw.1
libasound.so.2 is needed by gnome-alsamixer-0.9.3-paw.1
libasound.so.2(ALSA_0.9) is needed by gnome-alsamixer-0.9.3-paw.1

I already have the alsa-lib library, so I don't understand how it cannot find it.
 
Old 08-03-2003, 06:08 PM   #7
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hmm...looks like you something went screwy with the alsa-lib package install. reinstall it and try again.
 
Old 08-04-2003, 11:10 AM   #8
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Ok, I will do that again.

Could this be why I still get errors when trying to play sounds?

Btw, when I type "cat sound.au > /dev/dsp", I get a write error. What could be causing this?
 
Old 08-04-2003, 02:31 PM   #9
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i cant help much, but I'll refer you to this post
 
Old 08-05-2003, 08:17 AM   #10
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That's ok. I will take a look at the link.

Thank you very much for your help though martinman
 
Old 08-06-2003, 01:28 AM   #11
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np
 
Old 08-06-2003, 01:30 AM   #12
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btw what sound card do you have, lol?
 
Old 08-06-2003, 08:57 AM   #13
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lol, I didn't even realise I didn't mention it.

I have an old ISA sb awe64 sound card, so that's why I'm having so much trouble with it
 
  


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