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Old 12-11-2013, 02:48 PM   #1
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Debian "Wheezy" - Sound no longer working


I'm using Debian "Wheezy" with Enlightenment E16. I know E16 is old, but E17 is still in testing. I installed it from the oldstable repository. Yesterday, my sound was working, but today, it no longer works. I tried watching a YouTube video, but there is no sound. My sound is not muted and is turned up all the way. I did install timidity in order to play some midi files, which didn't work and I think this may have broken my sound. Also, when I try to enable system sounds in Enlighenment Settings, the system hangs and I have to reboot. Though this happened before when my sound was working. Any ideas?
 
Old 12-11-2013, 06:43 PM   #2
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Hi

firstly I use debian sid e17 0.17-3.2

2) e16/7 may hang occassionally when you are trying to change a config

simply go menu, enlightenment -> restart
and hopefully you can make the change, do the restart with the relevant config panel open

3) what is the output to

Code:
aplay -l
aplay -L

(show a screenshot of ) alsamixer
I use tinypic.com if you need a photo sharing site

4) Leaping ahead, does this computer have 2 sound devices, they should show up in aplay commands
---which one do you want.....as we are not mind readers
----do you need hdmi output or internal speaker output or external speaker output......got the idea?

5) I never use e17 for sound configs and the only one I can see is in extensions for the mixer control

instead install alsa-utils and run alsamixer

---crash course is----outputs are muted or unmuted by arrowing right to left to the control and pressing m key
---inputs are active or de-active by pressing the space bar at the control
page up or down for fast volume changes
up or down arrows for slower volume changes

6) Did you install pulseaudio by any chance?

if so tell us, and run pavucontrol to reset your mixer levels

good luck
 
Old 12-11-2013, 07:09 PM   #3
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Well, I completely removed and reinstalled alsa and sound is working fine as before. I also use the alsamixer to control volume. I'm using a frontend that controls it as a dockapp. No, I don't have pulseaudio installed. I know from experience how buggy it is. I basically built this system from the ground up using Debian's netinst. I think the problem with the sound settings hanging is because I don't have esound installed. For some reason, it always shows up as broken in Synaptic whenever I try to install it.

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Old 12-12-2013, 12:07 AM   #4
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thanks for update

I shall ask some more questions if you don't mind hanging around at some time.

esound
---who told you needed it?

If you need to install it, and package manager fails pls post the contents of the error message after doing this

Code:
sudo su
apt-get update
(then post next output)
apt-get install esound-common
BTW I don't have it installed

in debian sid
alsa-base Depends: kmod, procps, udev
alsa-utils Depends: lsb-base (>= 3.0-9), kmod, whiptail | dialog, libasound2 (>= 1.0.27), libc6 (>= 2.15), libncursesw5 (>= 5.6+20080119), libsamplerate0 (>= 0.1.7), libtinfo5

ignore my version numbers

I would suggest you are actually wanting libasound2 installed not esound
 
Old 12-12-2013, 12:37 AM   #5
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I don't think I need esound. I was just experimenting to find out why E16 just completely hangs when I try to enable system sounds. I do have libasound2 and esound-common already installed. There's a package called just "esound" which comes from the oldstable repository. Not that I'm planning to install it, I think the reason why it's broken is because it needs esound-common (=0.2.41-8) and I have 0.2.41-10 installed. Well, if you want the output of apt-get update, here it is (nothing exciting):
Code:
Hit http://security.debian.org wheezy/updates Release.gpg
Hit http://ftp.us.debian.org wheezy Release.gpg
Hit http://security.debian.org wheezy/updates Release
Get:1 http://ftp.us.debian.org wheezy-updates Release.gpg [836 B]
Hit http://ftp.us.debian.org squeeze Release.gpg
Hit http://security.debian.org wheezy/updates/main Sources
Hit http://ftp.us.debian.org wheezy Release    
Hit http://security.debian.org wheezy/updates/main i386 Packages     
Get:2 http://ftp.us.debian.org wheezy-updates Release [124 kB]        
Hit http://security.debian.org wheezy/updates/main Translation-en
Hit http://ftp.us.debian.org squeeze Release          
Hit http://ftp.us.debian.org wheezy/main Sources 
Hit http://ftp.us.debian.org wheezy/main i386 Packages
Hit http://ftp.us.debian.org wheezy/main Translation-en
Get:3 http://ftp.us.debian.org wheezy-updates/main Sources [2,981 B]
Hit http://ftp.us.debian.org wheezy-updates/main i386 Packages/DiffIndex
Hit http://ftp.us.debian.org wheezy-updates/main Translation-en/DiffIndex
Hit http://ftp.us.debian.org squeeze/main i386 Packages
Hit http://ftp.us.debian.org squeeze/contrib i386 Packages
Hit http://ftp.us.debian.org squeeze/non-free i386 Packages
Fetched 128 kB in 1s (64.2 kB/s)
Reading package lists... Done
It's a shame that Wheezy doesn't fully support Enlightenment. It's just that E16 is a little bit old and E17 isn't stable yet.
 
Old 12-12-2013, 01:44 AM   #6
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I wrote (then post next output) but never mind you already have it
 
  


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