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Old 06-25-2005, 12:24 PM   #1
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no sound, no mixer, sound card not running suse 9.3

hey people,
ive installed suse 9.3 professional on my dell dimension 8200, but i cant get any sound. on the right side of the taskbar the KMix icon has a red and white x over it, and it says "Mixer cannot be found." in yast, when i click on sound i get the message "The number of currently running cards doesn't match the number of currently configured cards in your configuration file." Whether i tell it to restart the sound system or not, nothing changes, there is no sound. Im completely new to linux, i just installed suse a couple of days ago, any help would really be appreciated as a topic of "no sound" is too broad to search for on the internet, and i don't know enough to even pinpoint my problem(s)

Old 06-25-2005, 12:40 PM   #2
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Talking Try this

I have faced simmilar problem , now i have got a solution.

First download or install the alsa-driver, try in the internet
lets suppose u got alsa-driver-xxx-xx-xx.tar.bz2, alsa-lib-xxx-xx-xx.tar.bz2, alsa-utils-xxx-xx-xx.tar.bz2 ( xxx varies)

Fire up the good old terminal the issue following command : ============>

tar xjvf alsa*driver*.tar.bz2 ;
tar xjvf alsa*lib*
tar xjvf alsa*utils*

next nevigate to the extracted directory. issue ==>

cd alsa*driver* ; ./configure; make ; make install

do this for alsa*lib* and alsa*utils*



modprobe snd-via82xx
modprobe snd-pcm-oss
modprobe snd-mixer-oss
modprobe snd-seq-oss

this will initialize the MIXER


alsactl store 0

to store the settings

Restart KDE/GENOME or KMixer

Perhaps now your problem will be gone!
Old 06-25-2005, 12:56 PM   #3
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YAST>add and remove software > search for alsa.if it isn't installed,install it.if it is,select update.if you don't have extra sources added to yast it will look for the packages from the install media (cd/dvd).
Old 06-25-2005, 05:16 PM   #4
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thandermax-i found a file called alsa-driver-1.0.9b.tar.bz2, but i cant find any files called alsa-lib-xxx-xx-xx.tar.bz2, alsa-utils-xxx-xx-xx.tar.bz2. anyways, i dled the file i found, and i did bunzip2 alsa-driver-1.0.9b.tar.bz2, it then made the .tar file, so i did tar -xjvf alsa-driver-1.0.9b.tar and it returned this-
gold@linux:~> tar -xvjf alsa-driver-1.0.9b.tar
bzip2: (stdin) is not a bzip2 file.
tar: Child returned status 2
tar: Error exit delayed from previous errors

so i figured i would try and load the modules hoping that my alsa driver was already installed, and for all the modules i got this
linux:/home/gold # modprobe snd-seq-oss
FATAL: Could not load /lib/modules/ No such file or directory

piscikeeper-i checked yast and it seems taht everything that came up when i searched for alsa is installed.

if i type alsa mixer i get
linux:/home/gold # alsamixer

alsamixer: function snd_ctl_open failed for default: Permission denied

dont know if that helps or not
Old 06-25-2005, 11:33 PM   #5
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This may sound stupid. Did you add a plug in sound card to your system that has a built in sound card. The error message indicated multiple cards and a lot of times this could be solved by disabling the on board sound card in the bios.
Old 06-26-2005, 12:57 PM   #6
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sonic - thanks so much, i disconnected some wire and now i have sound, the only problem i have now is how to get sound from my cds? kscd comes up and it plays the cd, but nothing comes out of the speakers (yes the sound is turned up in kscd)

thank you guys so much for all of your help it feels great to finally get my linux box running
Old 06-27-2005, 07:58 AM   #7
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The cd sound is a different source than wave files etc. If you have more than one cd/dvd drive, make sure the cd is in on with a wire from the player to the sound card. Also, in alsamixer make sure the cd source is not muted.


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