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Old 09-08-2001, 12:33 PM   #1
Registered: Jul 2001
Location: Cambridgeshire, England
Distribution: Ubuntu 13.10
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So sound after using ALSA

Hi all,
I ran ALSA (w/ SuSE 7.2), and after getting a test
sound effect and after that all, was quiet. I can't play any CDs etc. I had a look at my
/etc/modules.conf, and this is what is says:

# --- BEGIN: Generated by ALSACONF, do not edit. ---
# --- ALSACONF verion 0.5.10 ---
alias char-major-116 snd
alias snd-card-0 snd-card-cmipci
alias char-major-14 soundcore
alias sound-slot-0 snd-card-0
alias sound-service-0-0 snd-mixer-oss
alias sound-service-0-1 snd-seq-oss
alias sound-service-0-3 snd-pcm-oss
alias sound-service-0-8 snd-seq-oss
alias sound-service-0-12 snd-pcm-oss
options snd snd_cards_limit=1 snd_major=116
options snd-card-cmipci snd_id=card1 snd_index=0
# --- END: Generated by ALSACONF, do not edit. ---

so, it looks like ALSA has picked up my sound card
(a CM18738/C3DX PCI), but it Linux doesn't seem to be doing anything with it! What is going wrong?
Do I have specify irq, IO addresses etc.? If I
do, shouldn't ALSA have done this automagically?

I'm confused....


Old 09-08-2001, 09:52 PM   #2
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Open up a sound mixer and make sure that levels are set and that channels are not muted. Sometimes sound is muted by default [kde, I think].
Old 09-09-2001, 04:00 AM   #3
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Thanks - it worked (using "smixer"). What a steep learning curve this all is! Everything worked first time using SuSE 6.3 too


Old 01-31-2004, 11:40 AM   #4
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i have the same problem too.. i'm using slackware 9.1. (my modules.conf looks similar)

alsamixer always shows the master as 'muted' every time the computer reboots. this is despite my religiously punching in 'alsactl store' every time i unmute it.

i've taken to running alsaconf everytime just so that i get sound in kde. there must be a more elegant way of doing things.. someone pls help!
Old 09-06-2004, 11:34 PM   #5
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[chainsawieldinu] i've taken to running alsaconf everytime just so that i get sound in kde.

I had a similar problem - I'm sorry I can't remember the specifics of what I did to fix it, but hopefully this can point you in the right direction.

I do know it was a KDE configuration page - when KDE started up it was overriding alsa-stored mixer settings with it's own (useless) defaults or stored settings. Once I configured it properly in the right place, KDE would always start with the sound set correctly.
I *think* it was a combination of KMixer and the "enable sounds" option.


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