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Old 06-16-2006, 10:33 AM   #1
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NO-Sound, been searching for days

Hi need some help; must be missing something obvious
custom built pc, everything is great running xandros 3(yes i did post and search on the xandros forum site)
Have a onboard realtek AC 97 for sound, ran the alsaconf
and control center shows i have drivers, but under that it states nothing is enabled in config. except from here I don't know where to go or what to run.

any help??
Old 06-16-2006, 02:12 PM   #2
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One possible (?) problem is permissions. There are two ways you can have that fixed. Either the sound output device (usually /dev/dsp) can be set for full access or you can add your normal user to the audio group.

The easy way to check if that's the problem is to login as root and play a sound that way. If it works, then permissions are the problem.

To just change the permissions (not recommended, but as far as I know not a security risk), login as root and do "chmod 777 /dev/dsp". Then anyone can access sound on the machine.

To add your user to the audio group, login as root and edit /etc/group. There should be a line audio or sound with a comma seperated list of users on the end. Just add your username to the list and save it.

If that doesn't fix it, we can start looking at utilities to make sure the device is detected.


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