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Re: Problem with sound in Lenny installation

On Thursday 27 November 2008 22:53:46 Jordi Gutiérrez Hermoso wrote:
> You might also prefer to direct your question to debian-user instead
> of debian-women, as you will no doubt get a broader audience there.

I thought the idea of Debian Women was, at least in part, to give a safe space 
where men wouldn't laugh at you?? ;-)

> 2008/11/27 Lisi Reisz <lisi.reisz@gmail.com>:
> > Then sound disappeared again.
> Please give us more details regarding the hardware you're using.

nVidia Corporation nForce2 AC97 Audio Controler (on board)

> Also try the followinig checklist (yes, some of the things below seem
> dumb, but you'd be surprised how often people mess up one of them):
>      1) run alsaconf as root
 already have - 3 times

>      2) add yourself to the 'audio' group (log out and log in again)
 I have checked.  I am already there.

>      3) use alsamixer and unmute channels and raise levels (also try
>      muting some channels)

Now this I haven't done.  I tried, but I couldn't fathom how to work it - or 
even how to interpret it.

>      4) arts or esound stopped?

How do I check this?

>      5) OSS modules unloaded?


# modprobe OSS
FATAL: Module OSS not found.

But how on earth did it play sound before?  Or how did OSS get unloaded?

>      6) speakers on?

Yes - and making unpleasant white noise. :-(

>      7) modprobe snd-pcm-oss
# modprobe snd-pcm-oss

>      8) does "aplay /usr/share/sounds/alsa/Noise.wav" work for root?
>      Test your sound with aplay and a wav so codec issues don't
>      confuse the situation.
# aplay /usr/share/sounds/alsa/Noise.wav
Playing WAVE '/usr/share/sounds/alsa/Noise.wav' : Signed 16 bit Little Endian, 
Rate 48000 Hz, Mono

The quality of the white noise didn't change at all.

> At worst, you might have a driver problem, but if you've already
> managed to play sound before, that's relatively unlikely.

I have also had sound both previously in Lenny on this same box, and for 
several years in Etch and Sarge before it.

I obviously have to reload OSS.  But that will involve a fair amount of 
Googling, and I am falling asleep here.  (I'm useless after midnight.)

Thanks very much for your help.


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