How configure sound - confused


i am a new Linuxer since some weeks, openSUSE 11.1 x86_64, KDE 3.5.10 “release 21.11”.

I had only a little problem that system sounds didn’t work. Someone sent me here to read, told me perhaps to remove pulseaudio.

Ok i looked at SDB:AudioTroubleshooting here. i saw that i missed alsa-firmware so i added it and did the tests, configured sound file as it was explained.

Here was my configuration-file:

I did not succeed make working system sounds, so i removed pulseaudio with YaST (all modules with pulseaudio).

System sounds always didn’t work, so i updated all i found about alsa with the software manager (where you can choose remove, install or update).

After that i noticed that avidemux, audacity and XMMS didn’t work any more.

I tried things, don’t remember exactly what.

When i reinstalled pulseaudio, i finally found system sounds, nice, but all this work for these little noises :yawn:

xmms reworks also (don’t know why), but audacity freezes when i open an mp3, and my password manager “mono keePass.exe” crashes now. (before the manipulations hi workes perfectly)

Then i read in a thread here that someone advised to always “do a clean install”, so i suggest i did probably wrong when i updated some modules ?! I’m so stupid. :\

Now i have the following situation:

  • Either i activate system sounds, then xmms doesn’t work (message: can’t find sound device or sth. like that)

  • or i unable system sounds, then xmms works

In both cases, audacity and KeePass crashes.

I think my audio configuration file isn’t good neither:
(there is no model declared as explained in the Troubleshooting page step 5):

Can you give me some advice how to configure (to add model to) the sound file?

Can i do something to have a “cleaner” installation? (Perhaps “repair system” with my Suse-install DVD?)

As you see, now i have 3 sound services installed/run:
pulseaudio, esound and aRTs. Before i had only 2. This is probably not so good, isn’t it? Perhaps one is enough? Should i remove one ore 2 ?

I hope i am understandable, english is not my language. Thank you for reading me!

Your mixer settings do not look good. I note:

Card hw:0 ‘NVidia’/‘HDA NVidia at 0xfe024000 irq 22’
Mixer name : ‘Realtek ALC883’
Simple mixer control ‘Master’,0
Mono: Playback 17 55%] -21.00dB] [on]
Simple mixer control ‘PCM’,0
Front Left: Playback 31 12%] -44.80dB]
Front Right: Playback 31 12%] -44.80dB]
Those levels are way too low. Move them up to 95% and test again. Then if no sound still, report, and we can look at this some more.