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PostPosted: Tue Mar 02, 2004 8:58 pm    Post subject: [TIP] Solution for muted sound/audio with alsa drivers Reply with quote

This method will only work with successfully installed alsa drivers.

Linux Kernel: 2.6.3
Alsa-utils version: 1.0.3
Alsa vesion: 0.9.8

Test method:
1) Determine if your Alsa drivers were installed correctly. You should be able to launch XMMS without any errors.
2) Look at the XMMS volume control. If it's all the way to the left it means your audio has been muted.

Solution:
1)
Code:
# emerge alsa-utils

2)
Code:
# alsamixer

3) Any bar with the letters [MM] above it have been muted. On my system the master audio was muted as well as PCM (which is what my laptop's PC97 onboard audio uses).
4) Press 'm' to toggle between mute and unmute, up/down arrows increase/decrease the volume.
5) 'esc' to exit alsa-utils.
6) Now save the changes:
Code:
# alsactl store

7) Load the saved settings on boot
Code:
# rc-update add alsasound boot

Since this is my first tech solution on the forums... YMMV =)


Editted: Updated 03/02/2004 - Added: autostart on boot and autoload previous saved settings


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 03, 2004 2:19 am    Post subject: Re: [TIP] Solution for muted sound/audio with alsa drivers Reply with quote

lipton wrote:
This method will only work with successfully installed alsa drivers.

Linux Kernel: 2.6.3
Alsa-utils version: 1.0.3
Alsa vesion: 0.9.8

Test method:
1) Determine if your Alsa drivers were installed correctly. You should be able to launch XMMS without any errors.
2) Look at the XMMS volume control. If it's all the way to the left it means your audio has been muted.

Solution:
1)
Code:
# emerge alsa-utils

2)
Code:
# alsamixer

3) Any bar with the letters [MM] above it have been muted. On my system the master audio was muted as well as PCM (which is what my laptop's PC97 onboard audio uses).
4) Press 'm' to toggle between mute and unmute, up/down arrows increase/decrease the volume.
5) ctrl-z to exit alsa-utils.

Since this is my first tech solution on the forums... YMMV =)


Great work on adding something to the forums. I also have this problem after booting my machine. my work-around is to use media-sound/smixer in my /etc/conf.d/local.start to set my default volume levels.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 24, 2004 1:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i am on kernel 2.6.3 alsa 0.98

when i give alsamixer it gives

alsamixer: function snd_ctl_open failed for default: No such file or directory


I have added alsasound in rc update which on boot gives an error that your
sound card must be unmuted.

anyidea how to get this correct
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 06, 2004 3:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had the same problem.

Just run snddevices script as root and all should be well.

good luck :)

Craig
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