how do I know if I have the latest version of alsa?
How do I know if my machine is 386? I cannot find it in the hardware information in YAST?
I have a problem with sound in Kmail, Kaffeine will see a CD but no sound? Firefox, BBCiplayer and Amaroke seem to work fine. All was fine till an update last night but I did not look what the update was!
Not sure how to get a log of the repositories but I can see them and have altered packman to priority 90 as per another thread.
You can tell what alsa rpms you have installed by typing: rpm -qa 'alsa’
however that might not indicate what alsa version you have installed, as the alsa driver now comes with the Linux kernel, and unless one has specifically installed an rpm to replace that kernel module, then one needs to use another technique.
A good way to find out the alsa version, AND get other useful audio configuration information, is to run the script: /usr/sbin/alsa-info.sh
You quoted "OS: Linux 126.96.36.199-0.1-default x86_64 " thats a 64-bit OS version and it definitely will NOT run on an i386 PC. So you can be assured you do NOT have an i386.
Well, do you have any sound anywhere?
You can tell what you updated last night by typing: rpm -qa --last
I do not think it would be a good idea, unless you have a very specific problem that you know will be fixed by 1.0.21 of alsa. I seriously doubt an update to alsa will help your problem with Kontact.
And there are disadvantages to updating to 1.0.21. Such an update may mean every time there is a kernel update there is the possibility that your audio will be broken and will stop working … at least stop working until a new openSUSE alsa rpm is packaged for the new kernel. Sometimes that is available immediately, and other times it takes a couple of weeks after a kernel update.