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Old 07-17-2004, 11:26 PM   #1
Th3_J3st3R
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sound frustration


Im having some problems with my sound. The sound for gaim works but xmms does not. I have done alsaconf and turned up all the volumes. Ive also downloaded the alsa-xmms plugin.I just installed slack 10 and running kernel
2.4.26

my sound card is:
Code:
00:11.5 Multimedia audio controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT8233/A/8235/8237 AC97 Audio Controller (rev 50)
my modules are:
Code:
Module                  Size  Used by    Not tainted
snd-pcm-oss            37736   0
snd-mixer-oss          12504   2  [snd-pcm-oss]
8139too                14376   1
mii                     2272   0  [8139too]
crc32                   2880   0  [8139too]
uhci                   24444   0  (unused)
ehci-hcd               17580   0  (unused)
usbcore                59308   1  [uhci ehci-hcd]
snd-via82xx            13124   3
gameport                1420   0  [snd-via82xx]
snd-pcm                56072   0  [snd-pcm-oss snd-via82xx]
snd-timer              13604   0  [snd-pcm]
snd-ac97-codec         49500   0  [snd-via82xx]
snd-page-alloc          6328   0  [snd-via82xx snd-pcm]
snd-mpu401-uart         3200   0  [snd-via82xx]
snd-rawmidi            12740   0  [snd-mpu401-uart]
snd-seq-device          3888   0  [snd-rawmidi]
snd                    30852   1  [snd-pcm-oss snd-mixer-oss snd-via82xx snd-pcm snd-timer snd-ac97-codec snd-mpu401-uart snd-rawmidi snd-seq-device]
soundcore               3396   4  [snd]
ohci1394               24112   0  (unused)
ieee1394               42276   0  [ohci1394]
pcmcia_core            39972   0
ide-scsi                9328   0
agpgart                43940   0  (unused)
Ive also done:
chmod 777 /dev/ds* /dev/sn* /dev/mix*

and edited fstab to:
/dev/cdrom /mnt/cdrom iso9660 noauto,user,ro 0 0




I have looked at alot of other posts but still cant seem to get it to work so im going to post my info and hope someone could help. Thanks!
 
Old 07-18-2004, 01:39 AM   #2
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Ok, first configure your card with alsa then run this as root:

Code:
alsactl store
Then go ahead and run this:

Code:
chmod +x /etc/rc.d/rc.alsa
Hopefully your sound will be enabled at startup.
 
Old 07-18-2004, 02:41 AM   #3
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Which output is XMMS set to use? You said you install XMMS-ALSA but are you actually using it? Also, are you running KDE or GNOME? Try mucking around with the different output plugins in XMMS.
 
Old 07-18-2004, 10:49 AM   #4
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Im running Gnome 2.6

Russb- ok I did what you said yet still xmms is not playing any sound.

adz - I went to: options > preferences
went to output plugins and tried all of them especially the

OSS Driver 1.2.10
ALSA 1.2.10 output plugin

I tried to configure the alsa plugin by changing the audio device from default to

VIA8235: VIA8235(hw:0,0)
VIA8235: VIA8235(hw:0,1)

Those were listed in a drop down list. Im still wondering why my applications will play sound like gaim and mozilla (went to www.homestarrunner.com) but xmms or the cd player in gnome will not give me sound. I really appreciate the feedback but still need some more help.

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Old 07-18-2004, 11:00 AM   #5
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Was there an eSound plugin available in XMMS? Gnome uses the eSound sound server which will hog the sound and make all applications need to go through it.

One thing you can do is run XMMS from the command line, cycle through all the output plugins and see if any error messages creep up in the console.
 
Old 07-18-2004, 11:59 AM   #6
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adz -
Yes there is a eSound Output Plugin 1.2.10. I ran xmms in the term and again tried all plugins but no messages showed up. Ill just list the output plugins that it has listed:

Code:
OSS Driver 1.2.10
ALSA 1.2.10 output plugin
Disk Writer Plugin 1.2.10
eSound Output Plugin 1.2.10
after reading alot of posts people seem to like 9.1 more than 10. I want to stick with one os for a while whats your opinion should I stick with 10?
 
Old 07-18-2004, 12:24 PM   #7
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I haven't used slack since the mid-to-late 90s. I have no opinion on 10 vs 9.1.

As for the sound thing I've run out of ideas. Maybe you compiled something incorrectly... There may be one thing: XMMS 1.2.10 was the first to use a "software volume control" option so it is possible to get no sound even if all of your mixer settings are correct. That's currently all I can think of.
 
Old 07-18-2004, 12:26 PM   #8
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The fact that gaim makes noise means the soundcard is configured at least in some approximation of correct. Is XMMS not working at all or is it just CDs that are not playing? Have you tried setting play mode to Digital Audio Extraction for your CD Audio Player input plug-in?

As far as switching back to 9.1, if this is your only problem then I would stick with 10 and try some more to fix it. If there are a lot of things that "just worked" in 9.1 that do not in 10 and you don't feel it is worth the bother then I would go back.

EDIT: To me there is little difference between 9.1 and 10. Wireless configuration seems better in 10. Slack 10 uses x.org versus xfree in 9.1, for me (as a non-gamer) visual quality seems a bit better, but it could be any of a dozen things that make the difference. Personally I have not had any problems on any of the boxes I installed Slack 10 on (2 desktops and 3 servers on Slack 10, 4 servers on slack 9.1, 1 server on Slack 8.1, and 1 server on Tao Linux) j

Last edited by Mephisto; 07-18-2004 at 12:35 PM.
 
Old 07-18-2004, 01:01 PM   #9
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Th3_J3st3R,

i have the same audio card as you have and XMMS was the first program (and the only one then) i got sound to work on. i just chose ALSA 1.2.10 output plugin uder preferences and the audio device as VIA8235: VIA8235(hw:0,1). i had been stuggling to get sound working for the other programs for more than a few weeks now but has not been successful. that is until i ran into Russb's post. i think "chmod +x /etc/rc.d/rc.alsa" did it for me. so i think you should stick with 10. if not, as long as it is slack or linux, then you're all set


Russb, thanks! i got my sound working now.

 
Old 07-18-2004, 05:27 PM   #10
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Hey glad I helped! I am still a newbie myself but I'll help any chance I get.

Best thing about Linux... You don't wait on the phone for hours or pay for customer support. *cough*M$*cough* Is that really "customer support"?
 
  


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