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Old 09-11-2006, 01:07 PM   #1
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Error while initializing the sound driver:


I couldnot configure my soundcard although trying to use system-config-soundcards but it displayed ,

Error while initializing the sound driver:
device: default can't be opened for playback
(Invalid argument)
The sound server will continue, using the null output device.

[B]00:1b.0 Class 0403: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) High Definition Audio Controller (rev 04)

Any ideas , please .
Old 09-11-2006, 03:43 PM   #2
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A few questions you should find the answers to:
First of all, which soundcard?
You should check if all the necessary modules are loaded. To find out about this, go to and find your card on the sound card matrix. On the page for your card you can find out which modules you have to insert.

This is a KDE problem, if I remember correctly? (I had the same problem when I started using Linux). Do you have sound on Gnome?

If all else fails, download the latest Alsa source code an compile it instead of simply using system-config-soundcard. Again, you'll find all the information on how to do that on the page for your card at You should compile it with the option --with-cards=driverforyourcard

Hope this is gonna help or at least give you some new ideas on what to try.

Old 09-11-2006, 10:38 PM   #3
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I found this thread to be similar to issues I was having, and downloading latest source code solved problem for me, along with some ideas from the website. Tnx for the info also.



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