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Old 07-14-2008, 08:56 PM   #1
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sound stopped working after installing totem on fedora 9

this is beyond me - i tried to play a .mp3 file, and it's all "hey, you need a player!" so i installed totem, and tried to play the file again, totem opens up, and appears to be playing the music, only; no audio. my speakers won't make any noise. i uninstalled it, and got xmms as well as the .mp3 plugin, and still, same issue.

the speakers DO work, the sound on pc and speakers are at maximum, and no sound. i also might want to note that the speakers did deliver sound before the installation of totem - frozen bubble was making noise just fine. after all this fiddling, now even frozen bubble won't make any noise.

anyone have any idea what's going on?
how can i fix this?

running fedora 9, 1686 with GNOME 2.22.3
Old 07-15-2008, 06:55 AM   #2
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There's always installing vlc then:

vlc->setting->audio->output modules
check "advanced options"
audio output module->ALSA audio output

vlc->setting->audio->output modules->ALSA
click refresh list
and select your audio card directly to circumvent pulseaudio

To disabling pulseaudio permanently (as root):
yum remove alsa-plugins-pulseaudio
This will remove the alsa to pulseaudio plugin.
Old 07-15-2008, 10:49 AM   #3
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try messing with the sound card options and test it until it works. thats what I do
Old 07-15-2008, 01:02 PM   #4
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Make sure Gnome is configured to use ALSA or *big part* if you did not uninstall PulseAudio, make sure Gnome is set to use PulseAudio by default (System -> Preferences -> Hardware -> Sound). This causes the gstreamer backend to use Pulse (or alsa if you removed Pulse) by default. In my experience, it's worked best to have Gnome/Gstreamer based apps using Pulse and non-Pulse aware apps (e.g. Wine) using Alsa. The other advantage is zero config necessary for gstreamer using apps (e.g. Banshee, Totem, etc).

Hope that helps,
Old 07-16-2008, 06:07 PM   #5
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has the sound ever worked, Like when in boots up do you hear the "shiny" noise?
Old 07-18-2008, 06:40 AM   #6
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Sound...worth a try.

Try logging in as a different user rather than administrator. When I play Sauerbraten, I have to change log in to a user to have the sound working.
I use Xandros linux.
Old 07-18-2008, 08:46 AM   #7
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Making sure the speakers are still working

From the terminal command line, try:

cat /dev/urandom > /dev/dsp

If the speakers are working, you will hear static.

This tip and others are from,+Part+2.htm

Good Luck -- audio problems can be a bear to figure out.


fedora, mp3, sound, totem

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