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Old 06-03-2005, 09:40 AM   #1
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sound is not working properly SUSE 9.1


Help, I have a problem with my sound for some reason, I cannot hear the sounds from my applications, they were fine yesterday now they dont work. I have SUSE 9.1 installed on my computer.

I am able to hear the sounds of my windows opening, closing, popping up etc. But whenever I use programs like Gaim to chat with someone I cannot hear the sounds of me sending them a message or receiving one. I also cannot hear the sounds of games that I play online. I cant hear the sounds of games that are installed on my computer either, What could be the problem? this has never happened to me before.

Can some one tell me how to troubleshoot this?
 
Old 06-03-2005, 09:43 AM   #2
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Have a look at this link:
http://portal.suse.com/sdb/en/2004/0...ndsilence.html
Hope it helps!
 
Old 06-03-2005, 09:58 AM   #3
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I tried that and it still does not work. When following those steps I noticed that I did not have the kdemultimedia3-mixer installed on my computer. I followed the rest of the steps but I still have the same problem. Should I restart my computer after I have followed the steps on the link that you gave me?
 
Old 06-03-2005, 10:04 AM   #4
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Should I restart my computer after I have followed the steps on the link that you gave me?
That should not be necessary. If kdemultimedia3-mixer wasn't installed anyway, this was not the cause of your problem.

It may be that your system configuration does not allow sounds from more than one source. You may need to install or activate esound (esd).
 
Old 06-03-2005, 05:25 PM   #5
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Wink

Thanks for your help,
I found out that the problem was that the ext. source playback in KAMix was muted. I dont know how it happened but once I turned it on everything worked fine.

I am glad that I have sound back!
 
Old 06-06-2005, 08:43 AM   #6
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Unhappy

I am still having trouble with the sound. At first I thought that I had solved the problem but the sound stopped working properly, what could be the problem? I un muted everything on the KAmix mixer window but the sounds still doesnt work. Can you please help me out.

I find this problem strange because I can hear mp3 files, I can also hear the sounds from games installed on my computer but I cannot hear sounds from the chat application Gaim, I also cannot hear the sounds from games that I play off of miniclips.com.


I tried configuring esound to see if that would help me but whenever I try to I get the following error:

tlaloc@rn103188:~> esd
ALSA lib pcm_hw.c:1057:(snd_pcm_hw_open) open /dev/snd/pcmC0D0p failed: Device o r resource busy
tlaloc@rn103188:~>


note: my sound card is an SiS SI7012


Thanks,

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Old 06-06-2005, 05:27 PM   #7
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You may want to try Yast->Hardware->Sound->Change->Volume and make sure your volume levels are at a reasonable level. I remember when I installed 9.1 they got 0'd out and the system thought it was working, but I couldn't hear anything.
 
Old 06-06-2005, 07:19 PM   #8
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I checked what you told me and saw that my master volume is at 74 my pcm volume is 90 and
the line volume is 70

the other channels all are set to 0 what is a reasonable level that I should set them to?

the other channels are: master mono, mic,3D control sigmat,video, phone, pc speaker,aux.

I checked my sound system and whenever I press test MIDI I do not hear any sound could this have anything to do with my problem?


Do you think that it would be better if I just reinstall my sound card. If so do I just delete it off of the hardware and then press add new sound card?


I hope you can help me,

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Old 06-07-2005, 07:27 AM   #9
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I typed: /usr/sbin/alsaconf

on the shell prompt which ran the alsaconfig program and I managed to make the sound work correctly again, I hope that this is a permanent solution to my problem.


I am crossing my fingers hoping that this will fix the problem permanently.
 
Old 06-07-2005, 07:58 AM   #10
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I cant figure out the problem! I thought that I had solved it once I ran the shell prompt: /usr/sbin/alsaconf my sound worked perfectly one time and now I am having the same problem.

I really cant figure it out. when I installed SUSE for the first time ever on my computer the sound worked perfectly fine and I could hear sounds from online games, GAIM etc. Could there be an application that is interfering with the sound because whenever I type the command esd I get the following error message:

ALSA lib pcm_hw.c:1057:(snd_pcm_hw_open) open /dev/snd/pcmC0D0p failed: Device or resource busy
tlaloc@rn103188:~>


Is there any possible way that I could contact SUSE linux to see if they can help me figure out my problem?

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Old 06-07-2005, 08:42 AM   #11
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If running alsaconfig got your sound working you may want to run "alsactl store" after you make the changes that get it working again.
 
Old 06-07-2005, 09:19 AM   #12
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I tried ran alsaconfig again and then I ran alsactl store but the problem still persists. This problem is very weird. do you have any other suggestions. Maybe you can give me a step by step process to try and see what the problem is. even if I have to go through processes that I already went through, I think that you might have more experience than me and thus I would like to see if you could probably find something that I might have over looked.
 
Old 06-07-2005, 10:01 AM   #13
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I think you've covered all the stuff I'd try and have encountered so far. I guess you can try to remove the sound card from YaST and reinstall/reconfigure and see if that helps. I take it you've done an online update already and all your s/w is up to date. If you haven't do that first since I know that alsa and arts have been updated within the last two weeks or so.

So I guess in summary try to:

1. Update all s/w related to sound via OnLine Update
2. Remove from YaST your soundcard and then reprobe/reinstall via YaST. (check volume levels)
3. Check and see if card works.
4. Is your user a member of the audio group?

If the card still doesn't work you may need to go google crazy and search for specifics about your card and the error.

Abisko00 had suggested installing esound. I haven't used this app to my knowledge, but I know from reading post here that the advise he offers is wise to take.

I did have a problem once and I couldn't recreate it after I fixed it, but I noticed that if I had amaroK loaded, whether it was playing music or not, no other system sounds would work. I'm not even sure how I fixed it so I'm assuming an OnLine update took care of it.

Edit:
I had some free time to do some searching. Here's an article that may explain what you're experiencing. You stated that only certain apps have sounds and this has enlightened me too.
http://applications.linux.com/applic...&tid=49&tid=47

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Old 06-08-2005, 06:54 PM   #14
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hey if I give you you my IM name can you help me out on how to solve this problem? I uninstalled SUSE 9.1 then used dirak's boot and nuke to erase my hard drive and then reinstalled SUSE 9.1 and I still have the same problem. I think that it must have something to do with the default settings that are chosen for me upon installation.

one thing that I noticed was that whenever I restart my computer and I check the Kamix mixer settings I notice that the Line volume is down to 0 and it is muted every time.
 
Old 06-08-2005, 11:34 PM   #15
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I wouldn't mind doing the IM thing, but most of my PC time is at work and it's blocked by proxy. I did find this: http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...ight=SiS+SI701

I also found another person via google who fixed it the same way in SuSE.

If this doesn't work then you should probably post back with the output of lspci and lsmod (run as root) as well as when sound works and when it doesn't. I believe that there is also a timeout in KDE before the sound system is released for other apps to use it and the default if memory serves correctly is 120 secs (2 mins) so you might run Control Center and look for the sound settings (Multimedia) and adjust that too.
Sorry not a guru or expert here, just a quick reader.

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