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Old 04-05-2011, 06:54 PM   #1
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Fedora Distro Upgrade broke ALSA

Getting sound to work in Linux has been nearly impossible since I upgraded from Ubuntu Jaunty to Karmic. I finally had it working for about 6 months in Fedora 12, then I upgraded to 14. </rant>

When I install pulse, I can hear the login sound on KDE, and the KDE error sounds, and that's it. I can't even hear sounds from the test button in the Phonon settings. With ALSA alone, I get absolutely nothing. I've already been through this which was minimal help.

I'm out of gas. Help, please?

Here's the output from alsa-info:
Old 04-05-2011, 07:56 PM   #2
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Okay, I think I got it fixed now. For one, the alsa-drivers package was not installed (Why? IDFK), so I did that.
yum install alsa-drivers
Then I got rid of pulse (again).
rpm -e --nodeps pulseaudio
(I've got things that say they need pulse, but work just fine without it, ex. MythTV)

Then, copy-pasta'd from (See under "To Completely Remove PulseAudio") into ~/.asoundrc
# For details, see
pcm.!default {
        type plug
        slave.pcm "dmixer"

# cat /proc/asound/cards to see which hardware device
pcm.dmixer  {
        type dmix
        ipc_key 1024
        slave {
                pcm "hw:0,0"
                period_time 0
                period_size 1024
                buffer_size 4096
                rate 44100
        bindings {
                0 0
                1 1

ctl.dmixer {
        type hw
        card 0
Finally, Ctrl + Alt + Backspace and...


EDIT: Also, go into Phonon settings and make GStreamer the default backend, and "default" and the default device for everything.

Last edited by newton21989; 04-05-2011 at 07:58 PM.


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