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Old 01-23-2004, 05:24 PM   #1
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Unhappy Sound not working on CrystalClear SoundFusion

Alright, I'm very new to Mandrake Linux. I just got it installed and the sound isn't working. I can find it in the Control Center, but when I try to change the volume or do anything involving audio, I get the following error message:

"Couldn't open mixer device /dev/sound/mixer"

I've read a lot of stuff about how to fix this, and don't understand a lick of it. From what I understand it's a problem with kernal, or from what I can gather anyways. I was wondering if there was a way to fix this. And if you could, please tell me in terms I'd understand.
Old 01-26-2004, 10:02 AM   #2
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Does it say "Permission denied"?

Could be that you need to give yourself permission to access the /dev/dsp, /dev/mixer, /dev/midi etc devices.

As root, do:
adduser some_user audio
chmod g+rw /dev/dsp /dev/mixer /dev/midi

This assumes your devices are of group audio, which they shoudl be. the chmod should also be redundant, but just put it there for kicks.



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