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nick_th_fury 06-02-2013 11:00 PM

Updating KDE from 4.8.5 to 4.10.3 killed sound
Updated Slackware 14_64 multilib32/64 libraries, Asus notebook from KDE 4 from 4.8.5 to 4.10.3 Following alienBob's blog.

Sound stopped working but otherwise everything seems fine. Logging into Kde gives the message:

'The audio playback device HDA Intel ALC663 analog does not work. Falling back to pulseaudio sound.'

Checked both alsamixer & KDE sound settings.

Any ideas would be appreciated.

#rsync -av --exclude=x86 rsync:// . --reinstall --install-new x86_64/deps/*.t?z

# upgradepkg --reinstall --install-new x86_64/deps/*.t?z
# upgradepkg --reinstall --install-new x86_64/kde/*.t?z
# removepkg kdegames
# removepkg kdemultimedia
# removepkg ksecrets
# removepkg printer-applet

Alien Bob 06-03-2013 05:01 AM

Apparently you have pulseaudio installed. If that is on purpose and you are actually using pulseaudio, then you should probably reconfigure pulseaudio so that it works with ALSA and KDE.
If you installed pulseaudio just to be able to play Steam games, then you should be aware that that initial requirement is long gone, and you do not need to have pulseaudio installed for that nowadays.


nick_th_fury 06-03-2013 05:42 AM

Yes we only installed that for his steam client. If we remove pulse audio will KDE be fine then?
He just wants basic sound in that & his steam games. That makes sense to me now.

I tested the upgrade on my notebook first and it went perfect. The only difference between ours is I do not have Steam installed yet.
BTW, I really like the new KDE. Appreciate your making that available to us on Slack 14.

Alien Bob 06-03-2013 08:30 AM

You can remove pulseaudio if you only installed it for the steamclient. If you are using my steamclient package, then there is no other dependency except for the flashplayer-plugin in order to play movies in the Steam Store.
And if you are running 64-bit Slackware, you will need multilib.


nick_th_fury 06-03-2013 11:33 AM

We have removed pulse audio. Unfortunately there is no sound in kde or xfce.
Which is odd as it was working perfectly before.
Here is a list of the alsa components we have installed. Is there anything we've done wrong for the multilib 64bit?

pkgtool shows:

Alien Bob 06-03-2013 03:11 PM

Try removing or renaming /var/lib/alsa/asound.state and reboot the machine. Slackware will reconfigure ALSA for a default sound state.
Then check KDE's sound configuration and otherwise check alsamixer (console program) for issues with muted channels.

There may also be something you configured yourself in either /etc/asound.conf or ~/.asoundrc which you have forgotten about.


nick_th_fury 06-04-2013 02:19 AM

Removing Pulse audio & setting Alsa back to defaults fixed it.
KDE 4.10.3 is running like a champ on both our notebooks.
Thank you!

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