It was working yesterday. For some reason it just decided to work for a while, but then when I rebooted it's not working anymore. It wasn't working for a long time before, but I thought that's because it was reading my Audigy card or the onboard Intel HDA chip instead. Now I have disabled the onboard sound in BIOS and when I boot up the only card it should be able to find is the one I want to use: YMF740. Typing lspci I get:
06:01.0 Multimedia audio controller: Yamaha Corporation DS1L Audio (rev 04)
so maybe it knows it exists. I've run alsaconf and it lists it there, too, and so I select it, and it lies and says it's all configured perfectly now and that it's unmuted the volumes (why does it have to unmute the volumes? That's stupid). So I type alsactl store just because I'm superstitious and don't know when that works and when it doesn't (since it doesn't print anything back in the console when it works), and it spits back:
alsactl: save_state:1253: No soundcards found...
And that's kind of what I get when I type alsamixer, too, see:
alsamixer: function snd_ctl_open failed for default: No such deviceof
Now both alsactl store and alsamixer was working before I disabled the onboard Intel soundchip, except it was listing that (the Intel one), which is why I disabled it, thinking there was a conflict of having two soundcards read (apparently too much for linux to handle).
And I've read like 3 dozen or more forum threads looking for information about soundcards for Slackware and Ubuntu (had the same unresolved problem on Ubuntu, as seen here: https://answers.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+question/8724
), but I just don't know what to do. It's annoying. Why doesn't it just work automatically like it does in Windows? Is it because Windows is better?
But it was working yesterday! I swear. And I got all the cords plugged in right, and the Intel/HDA on-board sound DOES work, and for a time I did get the Audigy working, too (but that would also stop working sometimes after a reboot). I guess this is why Linux users brag about never having to reboot: because if they did they'd lose vital system components like their sound!
No, seriously. Can anybody help me or have I lost all chance of getting help now with this negative attitude and these little remarks of mine?
Thanks, if anyone can/is willing to help... :-]
(I figure there must be a way to switch soundcards or tell Linux which is the default, so that's what it tries to load... now I'm thinking, though, that it's more like it doesn't have the drivers or something? I have tried modprobe... seems like I keep trying the same commands after reading thread after thread both here and all over the web.)