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Old 11-16-2006, 03:29 PM   #1
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About to give up on linux. Please help.

I have tried and tried and bent over backwards to get sound on my system, and I'm at the end of my rope. You can bet I did LQ searches for "sound" and "audio", but nothing helped.
FC3 comes with alsa sound driver, I also made sure I had
alsa-lib and alsa-utils, and ran modprobe on all the modules
as advised by alsa documentation. Then I ran alsaconfig, and after it ran, it said something like "OK, you have sound. Enjoy!". No sound. I know alsamixer comes muted by default, so I tried to invoke alsamixer, which worked before
I ran alsaconfig, but now I get "segmentation fault". I tried doing it by command line - amixer sset Master 80 unmute, and the output looked good until the last line, segmentation fault. If I can't get sound, I'm afraid I'll have to go back to MS Windows, and I don't want to. What can I do?
Old 11-16-2006, 04:01 PM   #2
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do you have the linux oss sound drivers installed? i've had sound cards that didn't like alsa, and i had to use oss for output instead.
Old 11-16-2006, 04:09 PM   #3
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The last time I had a Sound problem I had to mute PCM... that was a long time ago though.

What kind of Sound Card Are you using maokc?
Old 11-16-2006, 05:19 PM   #4
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I had a problem with alsamixer crashing if the alsa drivers were not built against the currently running kernel. I would expect that yum would only give you a version of alsa-drivers that would work with the current kernel, but you may want to try updating your system or something to see if that fixes it.
Old 11-16-2006, 05:54 PM   #5
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I dont know if this will help or not, but when I was setting up my sound in slackware, I read that some cards have to be initialized with dos drivers in dos before you boot into linux.
Old 11-16-2006, 06:18 PM   #6
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I have a lot more primitive solution to suggest. Upgrade to Fedora Core 6. It seems to run well and should have better hardware detection. I only have a little experience with it (I ran it for a couple days), but it had no problems detecting hardware except for the wireless card IIRC. Incidentally, if your computer is older (pre 2000) or a laptop, you will have problems with any Linux distro. If it is older, etc., your best bet is Ubuntu, or one of the other *ubuntu distros IMO.
Old 11-16-2006, 06:37 PM   #7
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SUSE and RH work well on on pre 2K systems
Old 11-17-2006, 06:11 AM   #8
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the same problem here i have tried alot of dietor to get sound work on my noe book and nothing happend first i tried fedora ana then RHL4 and then Suse linux enterprise desktop and also there is nothing iam very happy with suse and if any body help me to get the driver i will never back to windows am very statisfied with suse... but how come without sound
Old 11-17-2006, 02:28 PM   #9
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About to give up . . .

Hey guys

A deep thank you to everyone. Not only do I have sound, I
found a way out of dependcy hell. I discovered the DAG (dag.wieers) website, and he has downloadable keys that make yum work like a charm. All these days (weeks?) of struggle and it all came together this morning. This is great! Thanks again.

P.S. #^%* MS Windows!
Old 11-17-2006, 10:30 PM   #10
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Why dont you try Ubuntu? At the moment, ubuntu detects most of the hardware without problem. I have installed ubuntu and kubuntu on my friends's mechines and had no problem. They have no previous exprience with linux at all, but they seem to like it. It even detects my built in wireless card, which never had happened with other distros , that i have used. Dont get me wrong, I am not saying other distros are not good, they all are good. Ubuntu seems to be better on ease of use. you can download Ubuntu live Cd and try it first., then you can install it if you like it. If you dont like Gnome desktop, you can install KDE on it and becomes Kubuntu.
Old 11-18-2006, 05:42 AM   #11
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I havent got a scoobie!

whoops posted in the wrong place. soz. Good luck with the first problem with sound in linux was a missing cable! lol. lucky me!

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