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No Audio with Retro 4.2 (Solved!)
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Location: Cincinnati, OH

PostPosted: Wed 20 May 2009, 22:32    Post_subject:  No Audio with Retro 4.2 (Solved!)
Sub_title: Unless I reinstall the Alsa driver

Hi, I'm running Puppy 4.2 retro on an old HP Vectra VL, 350 MHz PII, 190 MB of RAM, and a 20 GB HD. The system has sound built into the mobo, and when I run alsaconf, it finds an AZT 1008 PNP sound device. If I hit enter, it then says:

Configuring snd-azt2320
Do you want to modify /etc/modprobe.conf?

I hit enter for yes, and get:

OK, sound driver is configured.

ALSA WIZARD will prepare the card for playing now.

Technical: "/etc/rc.d/rc alsa start" will be used to initialize Alsa, amixer used to raise volume.

You can change the volume later via a mixer program such as sGmixer (Multimedia menu), or click on speaker icon in tray for volume slider.

I get a nice bark out of the speakers, and everything plays nicely. Except...there is no speaker control in the tray, and when I reboot, I have to reload the ALSA driver all over again. Is there something missing from the install in the ALSA files that I should look for?

Thanks in advance!
- Michael B. in Cincinnati

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Location: Cincinnati, OH

PostPosted: Wed 03 Jun 2009, 14:06    Post_subject: No Audio with Retro 4.2 (Solved!)
Sub_title: Can we implement this bug fix in the ISO?

In the middle of all this, the original Vectra sound card died. I got lucky and scored an ISA Soundblaster card on Amazon.com of all places, for $10. After installation, it played just fine. But when I rebooted, it wouldn't play until I reinstalled the driver.

I looked at the modprobe.conf file, but the correct driver reference was there, so I figured that it had to be an alsa problem. After some searching, I found:


which recommended this:

"Add the command listed below and put this line in your /etc/rc.d/rc.local file.
/etc/rc.d/rc.alsa start"

I rebooted, and immediately played music with no other problems. Thanks, conra!
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