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Old 08-04-2004, 05:56 PM   #1
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Noob needs help with Suse 9.1 Pro

I just installed suse 9.1 pro and I am a major noob so I came here to ask about my 2 problems.

1: I have 2 soundcards in my pc, an onboard and an audigy 2 zs. When I check my hardware configuration in yast, they both show up as installed, but when I try to play an mp3 or avi I get no sound. But I do get sound when I have it play the test sound in yast. I only need the audigy 2 to work, i don't even have anything setup on the other card, what can I do? I need my tunes.

2: I was fooling around in yast (after the problem above so they are unrelated) and I accidentally ran the "Install into directory" option. I didn't mean to run it I just wanted to check out everything that yast could do. So, aparently it installed suse again into some default directory. How can I get rid of this? Do I just delete the contents of the folder? Is there anything else that should be in that folder? I don't want to reinstall again if I don't have to.

Old 08-04-2004, 07:42 PM   #2
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I've had similar issues so let me see if I can troubleshoot

1. First check to make sure there isn't some mute button bein pressed. With fedora I can find a Volume control box by going to the main menu and having it be under Sound and video. I have never used SUSE so I can't say exactly where it might be.

I strongly beleive this is the problem you are having so i'd peruse the SUSE forums to see what other people have done.

2. We will have to see exactly what can play. If you have alsa (Advanced Linux Sound Architecture). We can test this by going to the terminal and typing aplay. if it says not a command, it's not there, if it spews some other error, it's there.

Go to the terminal and try to use aplay - the alsaplayer - to test the sound card.
aplay can only play .wav uncompressed audio so find a wav file on your computer, go terminal, in terminal go to the wav file's directory (using the cd command) and type

aplay -d hw;0:0 (something).wav

where you are specifying what device you want it to play from. hw;0,0 is the first (linux counting starts at zero) card and the first device on that card.

try this with hw;0,1 , hw;1,0 and hw;1,1 (note, if there is a mute on, this will not work)

hopefully one of those work and then it will be a simple matter of changing the default to
the working device


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