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tomj88 08-04-2005 01:59 PM

No sound (used to work, stopped working all of a sudden)
Ok, basically my sound used to work fine, but now it doesn't. I use arts for most applications, but I believe I use gstreamer for amarok. Anyway, I receive this message everytime I log in:

Sound server informational message:
Error while initializing the sound driver:
device /dev/dsp can't be opened (Permission denied)
The sound server will continue, using the null output device.

I have looked for /dev/dsp and it does not exist. I am using KDE 3.4.1, debian sarge with kernel version 2.6.8-2-k7. My audio card is intergrated with my motherboard (my graphics card uses the SiS driver, so I am guessing it uses the SiS chipset). If you need any more information I will be glad to provide it. Thanks in advance.

BittaBrotha 08-04-2005 04:01 PM

See if you have this device, /dev/dsp0, if so create a link from it to /dev/dsp.

To create the symbolic link, as root, at the CLI, ln -s /dev/dsp0 /dev/dsp

Hopefully that will work.

tomj88 08-04-2005 05:02 PM

Ok, this is strange. I now have a /dev/dsp, but now when I open kMix, it says:

Current Mixer:

after current mixer there is a drop down box with nothing in it. There aren't any of the volume control things that used to be there, and the icon in the sys. tray has a big red x in the bottom right corner. Any one know why? I haven't removed anything.

farpoint 08-05-2005 03:05 PM

Hi. Couple of things to try. Have you done any big upgrades lately? Try at root #groupadd audio. If the group is there it will tell you. Then. Again as root. #usermod -G audio your_user_name, which should tell you if you are already a user in the audio group. I mainly use Alsa so am not too sure of the quirkiness of oss, and arts. All the best. Nigel aka farpoint.

tomj88 08-05-2005 03:20 PM

I already am a member of the group audio. What I don't understand is why it's stopped working? I upgraded to kde-3.4.1 recently, and that didnt do anything to the sound, however I did have some other upgrades which might be the cause...

tomj88 08-05-2005 03:21 PM

Ok, suddenly its started to work again :S this is confusing... thanks for your help (hopefully it won't die again)

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