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Re: if I were a newbie how would I get sound?

On Sun, Dec 17, 2006 at 09:22:47PM -0800, Andrew Sackville-West wrote:
> On Sun, Dec 17, 2006 at 11:56:28PM -0500, Douglas Tutty wrote:
> [...]
> > 
> > Yesterday I downloaded xorg.  Today I downloaded some apps (I'm on very
> > slow dialup at 1.5-2.5 KB/s) and alsa.  Tomorrow I'll get something that
> > will make a sound.  I ran alsaconf which is supposed to get things set
> > up and raise default (0) mixer levels.  I then played speaker-test and
> > got nothing out of the headphone jack on the front of the computer.  I
> > don't have speakers.  Once I get everything I need downloaded then I'll
> > poke around a bit.  Right now I'd just like to listen to a CD.  Later,
> > I'd like to listen to radio shows I missed on cbc.ca.
> well, first thing... do you know the front jacks are connected? they
> sometimes aren't. also check to see if the sound modules are inserted
> (lsmod | grep snd). I usually do sound early on and it generally seems
> to just work. I do a find / -name \*wav which finds some of the built
> in system sounds and then do an alsaplayer <results from find>. look
> in your mixer, maybe you have a seperate volume control for
> headphones? 

I know they're connected since I assembled the computer.  The sound is
integral to the Asus M2N-SLI Deluxe MB: (from the MB manual)

	SoundMAX ADI AD1988B 8-channel CODEC
	Supports Jack Sensing, Enumeration, Multi-Streaming, and
		Jack-Retasking Technology.
	Optical and Coaxial S/PDIF Out interfaces.

This is all goblygook to me; my current box has a SB16.

The CM-Stacker case connectors for the front-panel sound jack can use
either Azailia HD audio or AC97 and the MB is the same, selected within
the bios.  I have it set for the HD audio (since I don't know any better
and figured HD is a good thing).  I can try switching this over to AC97.  

I have poked around aptitude and have selected alsa-player-common,
alsa-player-text, and gnome-alsamixer.

Note that I don't run gnome.  I have been using icewm since my current
box has a 486.

Thanks for your help.


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