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Thread: Trying to get sound to work (AAAARRRGGHHH!!!!!!!!!!)

  1. #1
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    Trying to get sound to work (AAAARRRGGHHH!!!!!!!!!!)

    First of all, I've installed Knoppix 3.7 onto my hard drive (beginner) and am using the 3.6 kernel. I have AC '97 onboard sound.

    Ok, here's what I get when I boot up:


    Sound server informational message:
    Error while initializing the sound driver:
    device: default can't be opened for playback (No such device)
    The sound server will continue, using the null output device.

    I hear static in my speakers, but if I do play startup.ogg from the command line, I can barely hear it. Same goes if I open up XMMS and play KDE chimes, I can barely hear it behind all of the static.

    Here's what I've done:

    In Control Center - Sound System I enabled the sound system and selected ALSA as the device.
    I made sure noting was muted in aumix.
    I opened up wmXMMS and increased the volume, so I can hear the sound more loudly from behind the static.
    added ALSA=Intel8x10 in lilo.conf
    changed everything to "true" in /home/(username)/.kde/share/config/knotifyrc
    did adduser username audio

    Why all of the static? I can hear sounds if I play them, but nothing otherwise (system sounds, notifications, etc.)

  2. #2
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    the static might be a result of you having IEC958 and/or Mic unmuted, my guess is the first.
    try muting that, it is a "comon" error.

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    Now sound works with "Line in" muted.

    Thanks for the reply - I found that if I mute "Line in" in aumix and kmix, the static goes away. Now I hear the system sounds no problem. What is IEC958? - I couldn't find it anywhere to mute. I have muted Microphone too, but unmuted it doesn't cause static.

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