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Can't Open Alsamixer
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ZRTMWA

Joined: 02 Jan 2010
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PostPosted: Sun 10 Jan 2010, 12:14    Post_subject:  Can't Open Alsamixer  

m trying to use the headphone jack in my CPU.

Based on the specs sheet here:

http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/SYSTEMS/dzuul/specs.htm#default_dell_installed_expansion_card_placement

my computer would have the ADI SoundMAX 2.0 Integrated Audio Driver (ADI 1885 chip set) if my computer had built in sound, which it does not.

I started configuring with ALSA and it says I can choose from 4 soundcards:

ens1371 1274:1371 (rev 09)
legacy Probe: legacy ISA (non-PNP chips)
usb-audio Override: USB Sound Device
aoa Override: Apple Onboard Audio

I configured with each one but except the legacy probe (because it may make my machine unstable) but I couldn't hear the sample sound. I rebooted and still didn't have any sound.



I wa then told that I needed to open up Alsamixer and set it to headphones. I click Alsamixer in the Menu but a white box popped up for about .5 sec and then disappeared???? Do I need to uninstall Alsamixer and reinstall it?

Anyone have any ideas? Thanks.
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steevieb


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PostPosted: Sun 10 Jan 2010, 12:49    Post_subject:  

Open rxvt and type alsamixer - do you get any errors?
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ZRTMWA

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PostPosted: Sun 10 Jan 2010, 13:00    Post_subject:  

This is what I see after I type alsamixer into rxvt:

# alsamixer
alsamixer.bin: option requires an argument -- c
AlsaMixer v1.0.20
Usage: alsamixer [-h] [-c <card: 0...7>] [-D <mixer device>] [-g] [-s] [-V <view>] [-a <abst>]
#
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steevieb


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PostPosted: Tue 12 Jan 2010, 18:55    Post_subject:  

Looks like alsamixer needs the soundcard set up first.
Type alsaconf into rxvt and follow prompts.
When asked for soundcard choice, choose ens1371.

If this doesn't work, I'm just about out of ideas.
BTW, I searched for 'ens1371' and a lot of people seem to have trouble with it.

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PostPosted: Wed 30 Jun 2010, 07:05    Post_subject:  

Alsamixer is a graphical mixer program for the Advanced Linux Sound Architecture (ALSA). It is used to configure sound settings and to adjust the volume. It has an ncurses user interface and does not require the X Window System. It supports multiple sound cards with multiple devices.

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duck1dong


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PostPosted: Tue 08 Feb 2011, 01:32    Post_subject: Alsamixer looks like it works, but doesnt  

The Alsa mixer says i have four sound cards. I select one, it says ok, then it does NOTHING.

There isnt even a volume control icon in Puppy Linux 5.2!

Not sure where the problem is. It has NO sound.
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