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PostPosted: Tue Feb 08, 2005 8:30 pm    Post subject: KDE no sound; shell prompt works fine [SOLVED] Reply with quote

Now that I have the other problem resolved, I can try to figure out this one.

I have the audio card set up and working. I can remove xdm from the startup scripts and `aplay test.wav` and it works fine.

The problem is with KDE. I emerge kdebase, kdeadmin, and kdeutils originally. I noticed the sound wasn't working, so I then emerged kdemultimedia.

However, the sound still does not work. I can go to a terminal window as this user (not su) and `aplay test.wav` and it works as well.

The user logged in is a member of the audio group.

If I go to Control Center->Sound & Multimedia->Sound System, I get this:

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Error - Control Center

Unable to start the sound server to retrieve possible sound I/O methods. Only automatic detection will be available.


I'm not really too sure where to start looking. :?

Edit: I'm going to try re-emerging kde.


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 08, 2005 8:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

did you have USE="arts" set? anyway do you have artsd in /etc/init.d directory?
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 09, 2005 2:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I do now, and I'm recompiling with the --newuse switch.

Now that I know it has to run a daemon, I can hopefully get it working.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 09, 2005 3:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hmm, I noticed arts wasn't even installed. I've emerge'd it now, and I don't get the error message with the control center, but I still don't get sound.

I'm going to resume the build of KDE with the arts USE flag and hope it fixes itself. :roll:
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 09, 2005 12:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I'm going to resume the build of KDE with the arts USE flag and hope it fixes itself.


Probably this is the problem... because kde use arts to produce its sound.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 12, 2005 5:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I reinstalled everything, but I still don't have sounds. I don't have really messed up packages now though. ;)

Is there a guide for troubleshooting arts? I have everything, including the speaker in the tray, but if I go to System Notifications, no sounds will play. (Yes, I've turned the volume up, all the way actually...)

Edit: this might be a udev issue, any comments? :(
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 12, 2005 7:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, I've used the sound manager to force usage of ALSA on /dev/dsp, /dev/sound/dsp, and /dev/dsp1, and none work. :(

I can put in a CD with wave files on it and it plays fine with `aplay file.wav`.

I really don't know why arts refuses to work. It says the device can't be opened (no such file or directory.) When I look those files do exist.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 17, 2005 2:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It turns out using ACCEPT_KEYWORDS="~ppc" and doing `emerge -D --world` fixed it for me.
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