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Old 03-06-2007, 03:14 PM   #1
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Setting up sound etch

Okay, i have a netinstall of etch, downloaded the alsa packages, did an alsaconf it found my sound card, it set it up. Amixer seemed to crash during the setup though, and i checked neither alsamixer or amixer can find a default sound device, dont seem to have /dev/dsp(thats normally the sound card right?)

sorry that may have seemed quite rash. lsmod contains this
Module                  Size  Used by
snd_powermac           48188  0 
snd_pcm_oss            52032  0 
snd_mixer_oss          20704  1 snd_pcm_oss
snd_pcm                91396  2 snd_powermac,snd_pcm_oss
snd_timer              26500  1 snd_pcm
snd                    65908  5 snd_powermac,snd_pcm_oss,snd_mixer_oss,snd_pcm,snd_timer
soundcore              11204  1 snd
snd_page_alloc         11304  1 snd_pcm
I really doubt I could just create /dev/dsp, but any working solution is good for me
Old 03-07-2007, 01:21 PM   #2
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su alsaconf

As long as you know what your sound card is (lspci should give you the info) do alsaconf as root and follow the prompts.
Old 03-08-2007, 04:51 AM   #3
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I had no sound with my Soundblaster Audigy when I first installed Etch, found this informative web-page below. For me, all I had to do was unmute amixer as it apparently is mutted upon fresh install some times with these two commands:

$ amixer set Master 100% unmute

$ amixer set PCM 100% unmute

Needless to say my Debian ROCKS with those %100 settings.
Old 03-08-2007, 09:36 AM   #4
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I have just checked and my favourite piece of software has fixed it again. Pbbuttonsd, gives me every thing i need for the this laptop to work. Thanks for the help


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