Re: if I were a newbie how would I get sound?
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.
I originally had a problem getting my PCI sound card to work.
Eventually, I found out that the system had auto-detected sound
integrated into the motherboard. The solution is to choose the correct
card from within Alsaconf. Here is a record of what worked for me (in Etch):
1. Check for cards
$ lspci | grep audio
00:0e.0 Multimedia audio controller: C-Media Electronics Inc CM8738
00:11.5 Multimedia audio controller: VIA Technologies, Inc.
VT8233/A/8235/8237 AC97 Audio Controller (rev 60)
2. Choose and configure a card
Terminating processes: 2497.
Unloading ALSA sound driver modules: snd-seq-dummy snd-seq-oss
snd-seq-midi snd-seq-midi-event snd-seq snd-cmipci
snd-via82xx-modem snd-via82xx snd-ac97-codec snd-ac97-bus snd-opl3-lib
snd-pcm-oss snd-mixer-oss snd-hwdep snd-pcm snd-mpu401-uart
snd-rawmidi snd-seq-device snd-timer snd-page-alloc.
Building card database...
(Sound card selection dialogue)
Setting default volumes...
Now ALSA is ready to use.
3. Play a sound file in eg Totem and adjust levels with eg Alsamixergui
4. Things to try if still not working
a. Check file permissions - is your user in the group audio?
b. If you do
# cat /dev/urandom > /dev/audio
..as the root user do you get static noise? (Kill with Ctrl-C.)