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Old 11-23-2004, 07:09 AM   #1
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Sound (and other) problems.

I don't know if this is a hardware or software problem, so I'll justpost it here, if that's alright?

Sound isn't working in Slackware 10.0. Unfortunately, I actually forget my brand of soundcard. When I logout of, say, KDE after trying to play something sound file/audio CD, this message is displayed rather a lot:

ALSA lib pcm_hw.c:549:(snd_pcm_hw_start) SNDRV_PCM_IOCTL_START failed: Broken Pipe

I'm not sure if the installation went 100% correctly. I mean, I think some files might be missing (... or something), like, I pretty much have ascertained that most of the CUPS printing stuff is mysteriously just not-there. But maybe it is supposed to be like that.

I mean, the chess game doesn't work either!

All of this is made a lot more difficult by my lack of internet access. XP sort of imploded when I installed Linux, and the modem doesn't work. I get not responding messages from kppp and when I try to use AT in minicom, nothing happens. I am told I probably have winmodem, but is there any way I can double check before buying a new modem? I don't want to go out and get a new modem that should work only to find I can't use it, either.

That's all, I think. For now. Any help would be much appreciated, and I have tried to document the problems as well as possible, given that my computer is not directly at hand right now.
Old 11-23-2004, 01:11 PM   #2
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To get a list of your hardware:
cat /proc/pci
Soundcard and modem should be listed, then you can start checking. Your both problems will be easily solved if you post the result of the above command
Old 11-23-2004, 01:18 PM   #3
Registered: Mar 2004
Location: Valencia, espaņa
Distribution: Slack, Gentoo, Custom
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For some odd reason sound is by default muted in slack. What you need to do is run 'alsaconf', then adjust settings in 'alsamixer' and finally store your settings with 'alsactl store'.

Did you try find the binary for the chess game, i've found before its easy to break links from kde to applications, especially when you are hand picking applications. You only have to fix the link, im sure the binary executes fine.

good luck


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