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Old 07-19-2009, 03:08 PM   #1
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sound won't work anymore

i use pclinuxos 09 and i just upgraded all of the software and hardware (i think i opened symantec, and selected mark all upgrades and installed them) after i upgraded my sound isn't working anymore for some reason how do i get it working again i tried everything like restoring the setting to the default settings and still no sound what could be the problem Huh

when i first installed the distro without any updates the sound worked perfectly without any problem (but once and a while the sound doesn't work so i end up restarting the thing and it usually works) but when just won't work anymore especially after restarting the system numerous times i reinstall the distro and it works like always i am tired of doing that now
Old 07-19-2009, 04:25 PM   #2
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This is a complete stab in the dark, but it could be that your sound is working but that one application is holding your sound-card open and others can't access it. One solution to this problem is to install a software mixer such as alsa-oss.

In case something is holding your sound card open, you can run this to find out what it is:

lsof /dev/dsp* /dev/audio*
There are other options, such as having multiple sound cards/chipsets detected (and the wrong one being used), or having an amplifier setting set to mute, but I would expect those to show up in the configuration tools.
Old 07-19-2009, 05:06 PM   #3
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i ran that i think and i couldn't understand it but if there isn't anything running it then what would be my solution here

but how do you run this solution (the one you just mentioned)


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