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Old 04-30-2004, 10:11 AM   #1
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Exclamation Sound Problems (Linux n00b)

Hey all,

ive just installed (got it two days ago) slackware 9,.1 and got it mostly up and running....

All except for sound...

Ive tried many things and searched for 2 days straight...

I have done the alsaconf and i have checked that everything;s unmuted but to no avail....

It's as though i havent got my speakers plugged in... it appears to work correctly but without sound

The sound is onboard sound VIA Technologies, Inc . VT8223 AC97 Audio Controller

I am desperate... please!!!

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Old 04-30-2004, 11:01 AM   #2
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did you run
alsactl store

What are you using that would make sound. If it is xmms in the preferences check to make sure it is using the right sound drivers.

You may also want to give swaret a try to upgrade everything. If you do so make sure you edit the conf so that it updates the kernel as well.
Old 04-30-2004, 02:07 PM   #3
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Did you come from a red hat distro? If so, you may need to plug the speakers into one of the other jacks. Redhat and Fedora output from the mic jack on mine and Slackware outputs sound from the speaker out jack.

next, does Alsconf detect your card when you run it? If not, try updating Alsa and the Kernel to the same update (IE 9.1 or current) with Swaret, reboot, run alsaconf again.
Old 04-30-2004, 09:04 PM   #4
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i ran alsaconf but i can't run alsasetup...

root@Asylum:~# alsasetup
-bash: alsasetup: command not found

thats what it says

and where is Swaret? and how would i go about upgrading?

Alsaconf does detect my card and i have set up xmms to use Alsa


Ive d/led swaret and renamed the conf file and ran it

root@Asylum:~# swaret --update
swaret 1.6.2-1

Network Connection down!
Please, take a look to 'NIC' in /etc/swaret.conf!

Note: I am on a dialup modem (external on COM1)

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Old 04-30-2004, 09:13 PM   #5
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these are the steps that work for me:

alsactl store

also in xmms although I am using alsa I have to choose the oss setting for some reason, I think it has to do with the alsa-oss-compatibility or something.

Last edited by hemp4fuel; 04-30-2004 at 09:15 PM.
Old 04-30-2004, 10:04 PM   #6
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OK....................... heres the thign

XMMS isnt working properly, i start it up and it runs ok but i add a file and click play....

IT just freezes... i cant do anythin in it

i went to the Sound System thing and click apply and for a split second it starts playing.. but then closes

also the sound works in Noatun and Kaboodle..... But the left speaker is all fuzzy


I've changed xmms's output to OSS and it works.... but i still have that fuzzy left speaker and cant hear any other sounds from the system

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Old 05-01-2004, 07:00 AM   #7
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Make sure that you are running alsamixr as "root". I know that you are able to run it as a user, but it will not save your settings. I had to run "alsamixer" as root, and unmute then turn everything all the way up, and the run "alsactl store" and my sound started working. After that I was able to turn things down until I figured out what settings worked for me card.

Do you hear system sound ok?

I have alsa noticed unclear sound from my left speaker, but I have not been able to track down anything clear on that. I just played with the mixer until it got a little better.

Hope this helps!

Old 05-01-2004, 07:53 AM   #8
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KDE Control Center - Sound and Multimedia - Sound System - Hardware Tab

Try to select the Threaded Open Sound System....

That helped me getting system sounds and other stuff working correctly together.
Old 05-02-2004, 01:50 PM   #9
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You can also verify if all the alsa-packages you have installed on your system are from the same version. I once have this problem after a swaret update.


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