Intel IHC9 sound on board doesn't work

Hi there!

I have a Gigabyte mainbord with an Intel IHC9 sound chip.
When I configure it via YAST the test-sound plays fine, and when I issue:

sudo speaker-test -Dplug:front -c2 -l5 -twav

some friendly voice starts speaking as well.

But:

speaker-test -Dplug:front -c2 -l5 -twav

doesn’t bring about anything sound-like.

My settings are stored at:

http://www.alsa-project.org/db/?f=40938571eb885778af63f3182a59a56d0633b393

Grateful for any hint!

Josef

kaisere wrote:

>
> Hi there!
>
> I have a Gigabyte mainbord with an Intel IHC9 sound chip.
> When I configure it via YAST the test-sound plays fine, and when
> I issue:
>
> sudo speaker-test -Dplug:front -c2 -l5 -twav
>
> some friendly voice starts speaking as well.
>
> But:
>
> speaker-test -Dplug:front -c2 -l5 -twav
>
> doesn’t bring about anything sound-like.
>
> My settings are stored at:
>
> http://tinyurl.com/2ck6r2f
>
> Grateful for any hint!
>
> Josef
>
I have a IHC9 on board chip on an Intel Motherboard. Use OpenSUSE
11.2 and testing 11.3. Sound works on 11.2 with no problems.
Haven’t fully tested 11.3. Did you use the codec from Packman repo?
Also libxine1 and other audio rpms.

Also read this:
http://opensuse-community.org/Restricted_Formats/11.2
http://forums.opensuse.org/get-help-here/multimedia/400119-
check-your-multimedia-problem-ten-steps.html

Hope this helps.

Russ
| openSUSE 11.2 (2.6.31.12-0.2-desktop) x86_64 | KDE 4.4.3 | Intel
Core 2 Dual E7200 | 4 GB RAM | GeForce 8400 GS | 320GB Disc (2) |

Its not unusual that one speaker test will work and another fail. In this case because one works with root permissions and one does not (without root permissions) what happens if you add your username to group audio, reboot, and try again? ie it can be done with either:

  • YAST » Security and Users » User Management » “select your user” » Edit » Details » Groups » check “audio” and then click on “ACCEPT”

  • or with root permissions run:

usermod -A audio yourusername

The new group membership will be available to processes started from the next login, so simply do a reboot and test.

usermod -A audio username

solved it!

Thanks!

Excellent! It appears it was a permissions problem.

I’ve noted sometimes installing a proprietary graphic driver (typically nvidia) can inexplicably cause permissions problems with audio on openSUSE. I do not know why.