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ALSA plays, but not with sound

A very strange series of events has given me the ability to play a sound
clip, but not to listen to it.

Unfortunately I did so much stuff that I'm not entirely sure what the
right order of operations is...but here we go:
	- recompile kernel to change sound from built-in to module
	- apt-get install alsa
	(dpkg-reconfigure something to make sure the ali5451 driver was
	- install modules/drivers from source:
		- cd /usr/src
		- tar -xfj alsa-driver.tar.bz2
		- cd /usr/src/modules/driver
		- .configure
		- make
		- make install
	- comment OUT the following lines from BOTH
		  /etc/modutils/aliases and /etc/modules.conf (I do not
		  understand why I have to do this, but if I don't I get
		  errors re. unresolved symbols when I try to load the
		  - any line with my card name (ali 5451)
		  - any line with snd-mixer-oss
		  - any line with snd-pcm-oss
	- update-modules
	- load the modules with modprobe:
		modprobe snd-ali5451
		modprobe snd-mixer-oss
		modprobe snd-pcm-oss
	- check for loaded modules with lsmod:
Module                  Size  Used by    Tainted: P  
snd-pcm-oss            36036   0
snd-mixer-oss          11032   0 [snd-pcm-oss]
snd-ali5451            10636   0
snd-pcm                53920   0 [snd-pcm-oss snd-ali5451]
snd-page-alloc          4096   0 [snd-pcm]
snd-timer              12680   0 [snd-pcm]
snd-ac97-codec         30944   0 [snd-ali5451]
snd                    26404   0 [snd-pcm-oss snd-mixer-oss snd-ali5451 snd-pcm snd-timer snd-ac97-codec]
soundcore               3428   3 (autoclean) [snd]
	- aumix: turn on all volumes to "5"
	- try playing a sound with xmms:
		- libmikmod.so.2: cannot open shared object file: No such
		file or directory
		- BUT sound will actually appear to be playing -- the only
		  problem is that I don't actually get a sound coming out
		  of my laptop...
	- mgp321 will also "play" the clip, but won't produce any sound:
emmajane@debian:~/sound$ mpg321 holygral.mp3 
High Performance MPEG 1.0/2.0/2.5 Audio Player for Layer 1, 2, and 3.
Version 0.59q (2002/03/23). Written and copyrights by Joe Drew.
Uses code from various people. See 'README' for more!

Playing MPEG stream from holygral.mp3 ...
MPEG 1.0 layer III, 24 kbit/s, 22050 Hz mono


Emma Jane Hogbin
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