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Old 02-13-2011, 02:48 PM   #1
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Question No Sound after 1st Update on Fresh Debian 6 Install ?

I just installed Debian 6 & prior to my first update my sound worked fine. But after accepting all the updates based on the repositories below the system can't identify my sound card.

Any ideas ?


deb cdrom:[Debian GNU/Linux 6.0.0 _Squeeze_ - Official Snapshot amd64 LIVE/INSTALL Binary 20110112-01:05]/ squeeze main

deb squeeze non-free contrib main
deb squeeze/updates main

deb squeeze main non-free


Sound Card (1st one / second is built in audio on a video card)

joe@Tux-Box:~$ lspci | grep -i audio
00:14.2 Audio device: ATI Technologies Inc SBx00 Azalia (Intel HDA) (rev 40)
01:00.1 Audio device: nVidia Corporation Device 0be9 (rev a1)

Errors (outside of just not being able to play any audio )


joe@Tux-Box:~$ alsamixer
cannot open mixer: No such file or directory


When I try to open sound applet in pannel ->

No volume control GStreamer plugins and/or devices found.


joe@Tux-Box:~$ cat /proc/asound/cards
--- no soundcards ---

PS - The user is part of the audio group.

PSS - I was playing around with run levels and if I

ctl -alt F2

log in as user

su -


init 5

hit reset on the computer.

When it reboots I have sound.

I attempted changing /etc/inittab but after rebooting no sound

I am still unsure of what to do.


# The default runlevel.

# was 2 above at install - sound came on at 5

Last edited by jv2112; 02-13-2011 at 04:18 PM. Reason: add more info.
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