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Old 3rd July 2004, 01:38 PM
Notte_Scura Offline
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Lightbulb Common Sound Problems in FC2 - Collection of Possible Solutions

Hi All,

Thought I'd post some useful information for you guys, in case some of you are having troubles.

A lot of people seem to be running into problems running the Test Sound option in the Soundcard Detection Utility. I think this is due to the fact that when you log in as yourself, and the utility wants to run itself as root, the sound card is already in use by you.

A simple command you can try to see if your sound is working ok is to open up a terminal window, or use the "Run Application" option on the "Start" menu, and type 'aplay /usr/share/sounds/generic.wav', without the quotes of course, you may find that your sound is fine.

If that doesn't show any results, check your volumes.. a lot of people have also been finding that ALSA is setting their volumes to 0. Both Gnome and KDE have mixers, and my suggestion is to use them, and check your sound.

If you're using an older ISA sound card, and it isn't detected by the system automatically, the suggestion from most, has been to upgrade to a newer PCI sound card. Most sound cards are pretty cheap now a days. www.pricewatch.com is a great place to start. NewEgg is also a good, well known, and trusted place to buy from, if you're not into the 'buying from anyone with the best price' type of thing.

The last thing that I've found is a problem, but have not yet found a solution for is.. multiple applications using the sound card at the same time. Say you have XMMS running, and Kopete, if you're playing a song with XMMS, Kopete will not be able to play any sound, like a message notification sound, or whatever.
My theory is this is related to ALSA, as OSS never had this problem for me. Only one application at a time can use the sound system, and it doesn't do any sort of multitasking, or switching. If it isn't ALSA, someone please feel free to post what it is. I just know it wasn't a problem with OSS (Open Sound System), at least for me.

Anyway, I just wanted to throw those out for you guys, so there's a somewhat general location of solutions to the most common sound problems.

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Old 3rd July 2004, 02:16 PM
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Here's the fix for the one program plays sound at a time issue: http://www.fedoraforum.org/forum/sho...d.php?t=18522&
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Old 5th July 2004, 06:47 AM
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hi there. Yes I too had sound problems with Fedora Core 2. But after lots of tinkering about and trips up dead-end
alleys. I fixed id it by opening up <SOUND AND VIDEO> <VOLUME CONTROL> and adjusted the <Master Volume>
under the tab : <your sound card> , then scrolled along to <CD> and put the slider way up and nearly deafened myself.
Now I am a happy bunny.
Right now lets see if I can install Realplayer.
I hope this helps someone out there.

Agnim ile purohitam.
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Old 5th July 2004, 08:41 AM
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Thanks, i've had a lot of sound trouble before, thanks for the info
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