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Ok this has been driving me nuts for the past couple of days...
I am running Slackware 9.1 with a Soundblaster Live! sound card using the ALSA sound drivers. As root, everything works like a Georgia peach: smooth. However, as a regular user, xmms gives me this message:
Couldn't open audio
Please check that:
1. You have the correct plugin selected
2. No other programs is blocking the soundcard
3. Your soundcard is configured properly
Now after checking online, I read that the problem lay in the permissions set in /etc/group. So like a good newb, I go into /etc/group and adjust the permissions. Here is my current /etc/group:
After logging out and back in again, nothing changed. I then read that that /dev/dsp* and /dev/mixer either needed to have permissions tweaked. So I went back and chmod both of these first to 622 and 666 as the xmms website claimed and then to 777 after being frustrated (I know the security is dreadful, but I was just trying a hack). I have googled extensivel and can not find a solution that will work and none of the solutions I have tried seem to help.
Try running alsamixer as a user, and not as root. Issue
and unmute and turn up your volume.
Then, as root, issue
bash-2.05b# alsactl store
which will save your settings after a reboot.
Never heard of such. Slack has this setup for root and users from the install,
unless you change something. The instructions at ALSA's site don't tell you
to logout from root to user before running alsamixer, and that's probably the
only problem you got. If you got to jump through those hoops with Slack 9.1,
then you guys have screwed something up on your own. ;-)
Ok, I just found the problem. In XMMS I was using the OSS Driver 1.2.8 as the output plugin. Under root it worked fine, but not as a user. But when I switched it to the ALSA 1.2.8 output plugin, it now works as root and user. I wonder why it worked one way but not the other...
Anyways, thanks for all the suggestions. Another case closed.
Originally posted by DiscoGranny Ok, I just found the problem. In XMMS I was using the OSS Driver 1.2.8 as the output plugin. Under root it worked fine, but not as a user. But when I switched it to the ALSA 1.2.8 output plugin, it now works as root and user. I wonder why it worked one way but not the other...
Anyways, thanks for all the suggestions. Another case closed. :)
Good question about the plugin. I'm playing a mp3 on my hd right now as user with the OSS plugin.
Glad you got tunes...shouldn't be so difficult. I'm using an Audigy, but all the Creative Labs cards
use the same module. You got this?