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Got an odd one. I'm new to Linux, but I'm (I think) picking it up quickly. (behold the amazing teaching power of really screwing things up and then having to fix them... :-) ) When I first installed SuSE, the mixer worked fine, and I had the little KMix icon on the menu to adjust the volume. Now it's stopped working. The only mixer app on my computer which has any effect is Gamix. Everything else, the volume controls are completely ignored. (have tried the command line mixer progs as well, same lack of result) And it's set to the same mixer as everything else. (and I've tried /dev/mix as well instead of the friendly name) I think it's using ALSA for the output, but I'm not entirely sure - there are so many sound options I'm not clear on what's what.
I've got a 2-year-old Gateway (1mhz, 256 RAM) with an OEM SB Live Value, default configuration. (haven't screwed with the jumpers or whatnot) Needless to say, it works fine on the Windows side of things. And in Linux basic sound playing (MODs, MP3s, etc) works.
On a probably unrelated note, I also cannot get CD sound. It acts like it's playing - the drive light blinks and the time advances on the CD App, but no sound. I suspect this is because I don't have the little wire feeding the CD audio straight to the soundcard, as it (in Windows) feeds through the IDE cable. Is there some way of making Linux\SuSE accept this?
Hmm, nope. I think it's something deeper than just KMix/KDE stuff. Even Alsamix doesn't work. (I've tried rerunning AlsaConf, shutting the sound server on and off, etc) Nothing except that one app I mentioned above has any effect on the sound. (although I'd certainly be happy if KMix decided to work again)