I am running openSUSE 11.2 with an hda-intel sound card (dell latitude d830) in x64. Pulseaudio is only giving me a “dummy” sound card, even though volume in the yast sound configuration works. Volume is definitely not muted.
So, besides that pulseaudio is not working, what other sound issues are you having? Many of us simple do not use pulseaudio, particularly if we use the KDE desktop. Why not consider a disable of pulseaudio all together? That is what I did, and all sound works like a champ. The terminal command is:
linux-si8s:/home/james # setup-pulseaudio --disable
Well I am no expert by any means for the uses of pulseaudio other than a good thing to disable. However, I ran KWAVE 0.8.5 in KDE 4.4.3 and was able to record sound from my sound card, in stereo, while playing a MP3 file in Amarok. Pulseaudio is installed, but disabled as I suggested in my first message. I may not understand what you are trying to do, but strictly speaking, pulseaudio being enabled is not required to use KWAVE.
Did you investigate the possibility that this could be a permissions problem? One needs root permissions to run YaST, and hence the sound test there is run with root permissions. Out side of YaST one runs with average user permissions.
Try adding your user to group audio, then restart, and test. YAST » Security and Users » User Management » “select your user” » Edit » Details » Groups » check “audio” and then click on “ACCEPT”
usermod -A audio yourusername
The new group membership will be available to processes started from the next login.
I had already added myself to the audio, pulse, and pulse-access groups.
The second “sound card” is a usb tv tuner. It only provides sound capture, not sound output, and as far as I can tell it is not defined as the default card anywhere. Pulse does recognize it for capture, but I haven’t been using it of course because it is not a real sound card. Pulse does not recognize my hda-intel card, though. So I really have three devices, a “dummy” output, “dummy” capture, and the em28xx capture device. The modprobe device is my hda-intel card, which is also the only device listed in yast, but alsa seems to correctly identify both, while pulse only identifies the em28xx device. And yast is able to correctly play test sounds, so its identification of the hda-intel card must be correct.
What is using the application that is using the audio device?
What is the output of the following in a terminal to see what applications have sound related files open:
lsof /dev/dsp* /dev/audio* /dev/mixer* /dev/snd/*
note the syntax of /dev/snd/* is DELIBERATELY different from the others in that command line.
What happens if you type in a terminal:
su -c 'rcalsasound restart'
and enter root password? The intent being to force a restart of alsa and break the hold of any application on your audio device. You MUST then restart your mixer as a regular user. kmix in KDE and possibly alsamixer in Gnome.
hi, maybe for the next one that comes across this problem:
Two days ago, I enabled pulseaudio on my openSuSE 11.3, KDE 4.5.3, Kernel: 18.104.22.168-0.5-desktop.
For a long time I was troubled by skype not being able to detect the sound coming from the microphone from my headset (or any headset for that matter).
After I enabled the pulseaudio support this worked fine. Yesterday it was working fine two, and I started liking the way pulseaudio works.
Today, after I booted up my laptop (old FJC lifebook E 8020), and after I logged into my KDE, there was no sound and I had the dummy output problem as well.
I didn’t troubleshoot a lot, because I got the inspiration to open the YaST sound module, and try to play a test sound. So I did, and as if pulseaudio waited for a push, it all started working as before, without further intervention from my side.
I am posting this, because it solved my problem and it is really a minor bother to do that. We will see tomorrow I guess if it will still work