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Old 11-29-2004, 08:16 AM   #1
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Problem with sound in Slackware 10

Yesterday I installed Slackware 10, it worked perfectly. I was so impressed that today I removed my windows partition, and reinstalled Slack as the only OS in the computer. This time though, there was a problem.

When it booted, I got the following error message just before the login prompt:

ALSA warning: No mixer settings found in /etc/asound.state. Sound may be muted. Use 'alsa mixer' to unmute your sound card, and then 'alsactl store' to save the default ALSA mixer settings to be loaded at boot.

I ignored it and started KDE to see what would happen. Sound wasn't muted, but it was very quiet. I had to turn my speakers right up to hear. So then I did as it said, ran 'alsa mixer' as root, and set the Master, PCM, Synth, Line, CD, PC Speaker, and Aux volumes to max.

I started KDE again, and sure enough, the music at the splash screen was very loud. I thought it was fixed. But now every program I run in KDE has even quieter sound than before, almost silent. It's only the splash screen that has any real volume.

What the hell is wrong with this thing?

I would really appreciate any help.

EDIT: In case it matters, I have also made sure that kmixer, and the volume control on several apps is set as high as it will go, but it has no effect.

Last edited by infornography; 11-29-2004 at 08:17 AM.
Old 11-29-2004, 08:27 AM   #2
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i think it's still your alsmixer settings.
first set it with " alsamixer " and use " alsactl store " after that to store the values.
btw. i always put everything at ca. 80% of max volume.

then, with kmix you should be able to control all.

Old 11-29-2004, 06:41 PM   #3
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You might want to disable arts. You will lose your kde startup sound, but I have found my music works better then. Or try another desktop environment such as gnome. It seems like arts and alsa have some problems at times.
Old 11-30-2004, 05:06 AM   #4
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Well I have managed to get a little further. If I run alsaconf, as root obviously, I get sound working perfectly, even as a normal user. But then after I reboot, I have to do it all again. How can I make it remember?
Old 11-30-2004, 06:44 AM   #5
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set volume in alsamixer, do alsactl store
then add in /etc/rc.d/rc.local:
alsactl restore

also in the sound options in the kde control panel, there are volume load options, disable them or disable all arts stuff


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