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Old 06-02-2003, 08:54 PM   #1
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How to adjust sound volume?

I am running Slack 9.0 and using KDE as the window manager. I am also dual booting between XP and Slack. I have a sound blaster Live! card. I am getting sound but the volume is really low. I am not sure why, because the same volume level in Xp is loud. Why is that? and how do I adjust the volume level? Thanks
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Old 06-03-2003, 07:13 PM   #3
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ok, I tried kmix and all my volumes seem to be set ok. Now it looks like I am not getting any sound, I could swear I was getting a faint sound. Looks like it isn't a volume issue this time, more like a configuration/driver issue. Thanks.
Old 06-05-2003, 03:10 PM   #4
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I dual boot Win2k/Slack 9 and I've noticed that the SB Live! volume is louder at 50% in Windows than in Linux at 50%. Scary

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Old 06-05-2003, 10:22 PM   #5
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I've used it with slack 8 and 9, windowmaker, various soundblasters and ensoniq. Hope this helps you.
Old 06-06-2003, 01:38 AM   #6
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Everytime I install Slack, I will always grab the latest ALSA package. Never failed me even once.

Old 06-07-2003, 06:02 PM   #7
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This ALSA group seems interesting. I am checking it out now. The one twist I have is that my PC is a dell and from what I have read the Dell ship with a slightly different version of SB Live. Hopefully there is a driver for it
Old 06-07-2003, 11:05 PM   #8
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Same issue - the difference in sound volume between Slack and my WinXP partition is kind of funny. If I forget to turn my speaker volume down before I boot into WinXP after being in Slack it will be so loud that my cat even jumps outta her napping chair and I swear the windows shake. heh

Could anyone tell us a bit more about how to set ALSA up though? I'm guessing that if I install ALSA I'll get sound in RTCW and other native linux games. Here's what I configured so far:

Sound: CL SB Live! - set to Y in kernel

and before I found this thread on ALSA tonight I recompiled in OSS - sb.o as a module. Which turns out was a waste anyway because I get several errors. here's a copy/paste for example:

rob@home:~$ su root
root@home:/home/rob# modprobe sh
modprobe: Can't locate module sh
root@home:/home/rob# modprobe sb
/lib/modules/2.4.20/kernel/drivers/sound/sb.o: init_module: No such device
/lib/modules/2.4.20/kernel/drivers/sound/sb.o: Hint: insmod errors can be caused by incorrect module parameters, including invalid IO or IRQ parameters.
You may find more information in syslog or the output from dmesg
/lib/modules/2.4.20/kernel/drivers/sound/sb.o: insmod /lib/modules/2.4.20/kernel/drivers/sound/sb.o failed
/lib/modules/2.4.20/kernel/drivers/sound/sb.o: insmod sb failed
root@home:/home/rob# modprobe sb.o
modprobe: Can't locate module sb.o

now, modules are something I still don't understand how to use so I'm sure this is all operator error but I know these need to be set up right for ALSA to work that much I understand. and currently I get sound in everything but native Linux games due to the "Y" to SB Live card in kernel.


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Old 06-08-2003, 12:01 PM   #9
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Well ALSA has a how to install their *.tgzs on their website. I am following that. From my understanding you need to download the driver, library and utility files, compile them and then insert them into the running Kernel. I still haven't tried it though.
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check package ap/rexima-1.2-i386-1.tgz


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