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Old 09-24-2013, 01:03 AM   #1
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I played with Alsamixer and now I'm having issues with sound

I recently played with Alsamixer in the past day or so, and now I have problems with sound. I'm not sure if this is a kernel issue or if it is simply me having messed with alsamixer under a user account, which then tampered with audio configurations from then on.

I'm not sure how to describe the issue. Sound from music and other audio files are really scratchy. I played with alsamixer while playing music, and eventually the issue sorted out after playing with enough controls. However, after a system reboot, the problem persists. I'm not sure if this is isolated to a single account, however.

When messing with sound and alsa-mixer configurations in a user account, does it affect sound system-wide, as though being manipulated by root, or is messing with sound configuration in a user account (via alsamixer) confined to a single user account rather than being system-wide?

I'm backing up all of my data right now and considering a roll-back. That's really time consuming, and I'm not too interested in a rollback with kernel, OS, and putting files back into place.

Any input about this issue would be appreciated.
Thanks in advance.

- Cyberman

Last edited by Cyberman; 09-24-2013 at 01:05 AM.
Old 09-24-2013, 10:03 AM   #2
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A distribution reinstallation really shouldn't be needed, but is strange that the sound quality is different after having only played with the mixer.
Try to use alsactl to restore the card's settings or/and reconfigure alsa related packages with dpkg.


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