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Old 01-31-2009, 06:25 PM   #1
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No sound after installing Fedora 10

This topic was recently covered here:

I was excited as I was reading it because they seemed to be having the same problem, but when I got to where they said to run 'alsa-info' that's where the similarities end

This is what it said when I ran alsa-info:
[root@MARK ~]# alsa-info
ALSA Information Script v 0.4.52

This script will collect information about your ALSA installation and sound related hardware, to help diagnose your problem.

By default, the collected information will be AUTOMATICALLY uploaded to a site.
If you do not wish for this to occur, run the script with the --no-upload argument

Do you want to run this script? [y/n] : y
grep: /tmp/ No such file or directory
Newer version detected:
To view the ChangeLog, please visit
cp: cannot stat `/tmp/': No such file or directory
ALSA-Info script has been updated. Please re-run it.

I've rerun it several times and got the same results. I haven't had any audio since I installed it. I've went through all the audio settings (that I know of) and nothing is muted and all the volume levels are up. I have a 2.1 Creative speaker system that is not muted and turned all the way up. I've used the volume control in the taskbar as well as the PulseAudio Volume Control. In the audio properties, the volume bars are moving up and down with what should be the sound, but there's nothing coming out of my speakers. I have a SoundBlaster Audigy2.

I went to Creative's Open Source driver page ( but like it says, those drivers are usually included with the newer Linux distros. It doesn't appear to be a driver issue.

Please keep in mind that I am a complete Linux newb. Thank you so much for any suggestions.
Old 02-03-2009, 01:56 PM   #2
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I always used (on Gentoo) "alsaconf" and it always worked great.
I just checked in my Fedora9 Virtual Machine, but the package "alsa-utils" unfortunately doesn't include that script - was confirmed by some posts.
You could still give it a try.
1) Download this alsa-utils package and put the file into some empty directory.
2) Unpack & untar the file you downloaded with "bzip2 -d alsa-utils-1.0.19.tar.bz2" and "tar xvf alsa-utils-1.0.19.tar".
3) Open a console, change with "su - root" to the superuser and go to the directory where the file was untarred.
4) Type "./configure" and once it's done "make" to build the package (it won't install it - it will just build it in that directory).
5) It might fail during the compilation, but if you execute "find . -name alsaconf" and see the file (should be in the "alsaconf" subdirectory), that's all you need. (otherwise try downloading an older version of the source code, perhaps more or less the same one you already have)
6) Change to the directory where you found the file and do "chmod +x alsaconf" to allow executing the file.
7) Run the script with "./alsaconf" and see what happens - if you're lucky it will find your soundcard and will configure it after asking for confirmation. (you'll still need to be logged in as root)

It's really a pity that fedora doesn't have alsaconf in the alsa-utils package.
Give it a try... .


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