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Old 07-19-2010, 11:23 AM   #1
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No volume control GStreamer plugins and/or devices found in Debian Lenny

I have just installed Debian Lenny on my iBook G4 (PowerPC). The single most irritating thing at the moment for me is a lack of any audio capability in the system. I have a couple of other problems but they're not as important at the moment.

I get a couple of different error messages when I put a CD in the CD-ROM or simply try to listen to something on the Internet. The speaker sign/symbol on the right top corner of my desktop has a red x sign besides it. When I click on it it gives me one of the two following error messages:

"The volume control did not find any elements and/or devices to control. This means either that you don't have the right GStreamer plugins installed, or that you don't have a sound card configured."

"No volume control GStreamer plugins and/or devices found."

I think I did make sure that the volume is indeed set and not muted. So at this point, I wonder if someone can help me with this since I have exhausted my own knowledge of how to fix this thing.


Old 07-20-2010, 05:18 AM   #2
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Tried this?
Installing Debian GNU/Linux on a iBook 3.3 (G4): Sound
apt-get install alsa-base
Select powermac (PowerMac)
Select stop-procs
Save mixer settings across reboots
A bit old Installing Debian GNU/Linux 3.1 on iBook G4 1GHz 12"

This looks like it has a fix for your issue:
Old 07-21-2010, 04:54 PM   #3
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Originally Posted by craigevil View Post
When I put in "apt-get install alsa-base" I get the following error message:

E: Could not open lock file /var/lib/dpkg/lock - open (13 Permission denied)
E: Unable to lock the administration directory (/var/lib/dpkg/), are you root?

I don't know what's going on! Anyone?
Old 07-21-2010, 05:14 PM   #4
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Well, ARE you root?


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