Debian Sound Issues

Place to discuss Fedora and/or Red Hat
Post Reply
X11
guru
guru
Posts: 676
Joined: Sun Jan 19, 2003 11:09 pm
Location: Australia
Contact:

Debian Sound Issues

Post by X11 » Tue Dec 15, 2009 2:38 pm

I just installed debian last night and I cannot get sound to work. This is really confusing me, it used to be a hell of a lot simpler to get sound working on Linux.

The modules are loaded, and alsa appears to be working because alsamixer works. This laptop being incredibly odd requires an option "External Amplifier" be turned off in the mixer for sound to work. I am in the group sound, and can run alsamixer without being root. However, gnome's mixer cannot see the sound device, although the sound configuration gui under preferences does none of th tests make any noise.

So, the modules are loaded, alsa is fine, and so on. I am laying blame on pulseaudio, the daemon is clearly running...

Code: Select all

john@debian:~$ pulseaudio 
E: pid.c: Daemon already running.
E: main.c: pa_pid_file_create() failed.
See, it even says its running, so what is its problem? I know nothing about it or why it even exists. Jackd seemed perfectly fine.

This might tell you something however...

Code: Select all

john@debian:~$ killall pulseaudio
john@debian:~$ pulseaudio 
W: main.c: setrlimit(RLIMIT_NICE, (31, 31)) failed: Operation not permitted
W: main.c: setrlimit(RLIMIT_RTPRIO, (9, 9)) failed: Operation not permitted
ALSA lib control.c:909:(snd_ctl_open_noupdate) Invalid CTL front:0
ALSA lib control.c:909:(snd_ctl_open_noupdate) Invalid CTL front:0

X11
guru
guru
Posts: 676
Joined: Sun Jan 19, 2003 11:09 pm
Location: Australia
Contact:

Post by X11 » Tue Dec 15, 2009 2:41 pm

Suddenly after killing and running pulseaudio again, I see a mixer with one volume control that was muted. However, the volume control on my panel appears does nothing and won't even let me open preferences. The mixer sees pulseaudios filthy presence but not the panel. Why do we put up with this?

How do I fix this?

After unmuting that channel on the suddenly magically working mixer there is still no sound.

X11
guru
guru
Posts: 676
Joined: Sun Jan 19, 2003 11:09 pm
Location: Australia
Contact:

Post by X11 » Tue Dec 15, 2009 2:53 pm

And a reboot magically fixes everything, man I feel like a phallus. I should have just restarted whatever services are related. And my gnome mixer looks like a normal linux mixer, thank god, status quo. For a second there I thought I might have change.

Post Reply