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Old 05-18-2003, 10:54 PM   #1
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Unhappy Major sound issues...I killed it!


I have been configuring a computer for my fiancee, and it is imperative that I get sound working correctly.

I had it working not an hour ago. I was reconfiguring X so that I could get her wheel mouse working, and I was in the process of starting X when I ctrl-alt-backspaced to get back out so that I could change inittab back to runlevel 4. When I rebooted the computer, sound was gone. Gnome claimed that it could not find "/dev/sound/mixer". I was not really surprised when I remembered that it never existed in the first place. I created a directory in /dev called /dev/sound and made a symlink to /dev/mixer. I changed the permissions to 666, and then gnome didn't display the message anymore. However, I still get no sound. The speakers are hooked up -- CDs play, for example, either by pressing the play button on the cdrom drive or through the kde and gnome cd players. However, no system sounds and no mp3s.... XMMS says that my device is configured incorrectly. No kidding. Anybody ever have this glitch?

I have installed a creative sound card that uses the es1371 module. lsmod shows that all of the correct modules are being loaded. Everything looks good at boot time as well.

I'm just befuddled. I have scoured the net looking for something like this, but have come up quite short. I just don't really feel like reinstalling... Just have everything working well, then I go and screw something up...

Any help is greatly appreciated. She really wanted to play mp3s on this machine...
 
Old 05-18-2003, 11:13 PM   #2
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After a nerve wracking few minutes, I figured out what to do...

I switched to runlevel 1, then reinstalled the devfsd and devs packages. This kinda freaked me out -- it deleted all of the devices, including the hard drive with the packages on it! Luckily, it seems that whenever you have a drive mounted, it stays that way even if the device in /dev doesn't exist.

I rebooted, and everything was hunky dory. Sorry for troubling anyone!
 
Old 05-19-2003, 11:44 AM   #3
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I just installed slackware 9 and Im kind of new with slackware, could you explain with good details how you actually did fix that> "not find "/dev/sound/mixer"? Im kind of hurry, so please someone.. help me soon :<
 
Old 05-19-2003, 01:27 PM   #4
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mkdir /dev/sound
cd /dev/sound
ln -s /dev/mixer mixer

...
man ln
 
Old 05-19-2003, 01:46 PM   #5
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get the slackware packages for devs and devfsd.
change to the directory containing those files.
as root:

init 1
removepackage <devs> where <devs> is the full devs package name
installpkg <devs> ditto above
removepackage <devfsd> where <devfsd> is the full devfsd package name
installpkg <devfsd> ditto above
reboot

This should take care of it. If running 8.1, then, as root:
chmod 666 /dev/dsp /dev/mixer

Hope this helps.
 
Old 05-19-2003, 04:07 PM   #6
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Thank you all, I just got things work with editing /etc/rc.d/r.modules by removing #'s. I think I was stupid, but Im just a newbie, what did you expect?
 
Old 05-20-2003, 05:16 AM   #7
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Only 2 posts and you found /etc/rc.d/rc.modules...Not bad. :-)
 
  


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