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Old 06-15-2003, 01:21 PM   #1
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alsamixer wont open my device

After almost 2 months of having installed ALSA and working properly, no sound issues whatsoever, now I have this odd problem:

I recently (namely yesterday) downloaded and installed the latest stable kernel (2.4.21) and the new ALSA (driver, lib, etc) 0.9.4. Everything installed like a charm, but in the moment to get the channels unmutted, I got this error while attempting to open alsamixer:
[gianni@Thetargos dev]$ alsamixer
alsamixer: function snd_ctl_open failed for default: No such file or directory
I can always use Gnome mixer to raise the volumes, but I wont be able to run alsamixer to set them unmute for good.

What would the problem be?

PS: I have RH 9 and a SB Live! Value
Old 08-23-2003, 11:38 AM   #2
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hey, i know this isn't an answer to your question, but i have the same exact problem with alsamixer (i just installed it, too). did you find a workaroudn/solution? i also have an sb live! card, but i'm running slack 9.0.
Old 08-23-2003, 11:47 AM   #3
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Yes I did find a solution: First I had to reinstall ALSA (after a fresh kernel compile/install) The steps I followed were:

- Install the driver.
- Install the library (I don't know why, but in this order it worked).
- Install the utilities (to have alsamixer)
- Install the oss-emulation library.

Now I can compile whichever version of the kernel, then just re-make the ALSA driver and open alsamixer, problem solved!

BTW if it is your first time isntalling ALSA, you should:

- switch to a console runlevel (in RH init 3 will do the trick)
- Install the ALSA driver and immediately run /etc/init.d/alsasound so the driver and services for ALSA are running.
- Run alsamixer... you should have no troubles!.

Hope this helps!

BTW I'm running ALSA 0.95 right now (I'm lazy enough as to not upgrade to 0.96 )


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