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Old 11-26-2005, 03:33 PM   #1
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"The volume control did not find any elements and/or devices to controll"


First off I wanna say I'm a linux n00b to the nth degree, so bare with me :P . I have used windows for years now and know a good deal about computers in general. I have recently made my windows 98se box into a dual-boot with Ubuntu (which I am very proud of ), and am generally satisfied with linux. However I do have a few minor problems that I'm sure you guy's can help me out with .

My main issue is that I do not have any sound when booting in Ubuntu. I know the sound card is good because it works in windows fine. But when I boot into Ubuntu the volume control up in the upper right hand corner has a small red "x" by it. when I click on it I get this message:

"The volume control did not find any elements and/or devices to control. This means either that you don't have the right GStreamer plugins installed, or that you don't have a sound card configured."

I'm guessing this means Ubuntu doesn't have drivers that work with my sound card? Or is it something else? I can't get my Mp3's to play in the included media players and I'm guessing this is the problem.

The sound card is an old ISA-slot creative thing, I"ll come back on here later and give the exact model number if necessary, but I really don't wan't to have to open my case up, or re-boot into windows right now lol.

Another thing I would like help with is, this being a dual-boot box, I wan't to be able to access my mp3's (and any other cross-platform files such as JPG's, some documents etc) that I have on my fat32 partition from Ubuntu. Is this possible? Right now I don't see the other partitions/HDD that are fat32 under the "my computer" Ubuntu equivalent. Is there a command or app for getting Ubuntu to "see" the fat32 partitions?

Many thanks in advance!

Oh yes and here are the specs for my system: PII proc (350Mghz) 128 SDRAM, 2 cd-rom drives one burner one reader, 2 HDD's, one 3.24 GB one 40 GB (Windows/BIOS only sees 32Gb worth due to old BIOS.) The 40 is partitoned into two sections. One is formatted in FAT32 for windows-based file storage and the other in EXT3 for the Ubuntu OS (ver. 5.10)
Old 11-26-2005, 06:04 PM   #2
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yes, you have to mount the partitions in ubuntu - if you need more info, just ask

about the sound card - linux has removed most support for ISA, so you may need to buy a new PCI sound card


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