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Re: Need to reconfigure sound on every boot

Neal Hogan wrote:
On Tue, Nov 3, 2009 at 9:19 AM, Andreas Ronnquist
<andreas.ronnquist@meritkonsult.se> wrote:

I need to do a alsaconf after every boot, otherwise I don't get any
sound. This is on a ABit motherboard, Nvidia nforce 590 chipset, with
built-in sound. How can I make it configure the built-in sound-card
automatically on every boot?

Once you set you sound settings ('alsamixer' is one way of doing so),
you need to enable /etc/init.d/alsasound. Be sure to make sure that
the script is pointing to the correct location of your config
(asound.state) file (on my gentoo machine it is in /etc).

Debian does not have /etc/init.d/alsasound. It has /etc/init.d/alsa-utils instead... at least on Sid, which I use.

Lenny might be different than Sid, so I hope someone corrects what I'm saying if it is, but the startup script is provided by the package called 'alsa-utils'.

Andreas, do you have 'alsa-utils' installed on your system? If you're not sure, try opening a terminal and running

    apt-cache  policy  alsa-utils

Here's what I get:

    $ apt-cache policy alsa-utils
      Installed: 1.0.21-1
      Candidate: 1.0.21-1
      Version table:
     *** 1.0.21-1 0
            990 http://debian.osuosl.org unstable/main Packages
            100 /var/lib/dpkg/status

Neal's description of what the startup script is supposed to do is quite correct, though. On Debian, the file called 'asound.state' (where your mixer controls are saved) is located in '/var/lib/alsa'.

Dave W.

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