problems after installing opensuse 11.1

well after the install, a couple major things and one major pain in the ass. 1. The screensaver locks the session after being disabled in the normal places one would normally go (config>display>screensaver ,power control). 2. No audio at all (root or user). 3. Knows not what to do with audio CDs. (Appears as if it doesn’t recognize the cdaudio file system, said so at one point.). Otherwise everything works and plays nicely. Assuming seperate threads needed lets start with no audio. sound card is the cheap audigy 4 (analog SB 0400 using the emu10k1 driver. more info follows:

linux-jtgv:/home/mike # rpm -qa | grep alsa
linux-jtgv:/home/mike # rpm -qa | grep pulse
linux-jtgv:/home/mike # rpm -q libasound2
linux-jtgv:/home/mike # uname -a
Linux linux-jtgv #1 SMP 2009-02-25 15:40:44 +0100 i686 i686 i386 GNU/Linux
linux-jtgv:/home/mike # cat /etc/modprobe.d/sound

options snd slots=snd-emu10k1
# Ikk3.up6Wra2JIU9:SB0400 Audigy2 Value
alias snd-card-0 snd-emu10k1
linux-jtgv:/home/mike #

linux-jtgv:/home/mike # speaker-test -c2 -l5 -twav

speaker-test 1.0.18		{as user}

Playback device is default
Stream parameters are 48000Hz, S16_LE, 2 channels
WAV file(s)
Rate set to 48000Hz (requested 48000Hz)
Buffer size range from 64 to 16384
Period size range from 16 to 16384
Using max buffer size 16384
Periods = 4
was set period_size = 4096
was set buffer_size = 16384
 0 - Front Left
 1 - Front Right 

last tidbit I cccccssn think of at thee moment:  Amarok displays an aaudio file in equalizer.

Thanks for any help Mike

Those versions look ok, although they are associated with the original kernel that came with openSUSE-11.1 and not the latest kernel, where I see you have the latest kernel installed. That “might” be the problem … but its also possible there is something in your mixer that is causing you a problem, and you can’t see it (I find the mixer of various sound cards can be confusing).

Since you have 11.1, can you please provide the output of running the following command twice with root permission (with your PC connected to the internet):
the first time it will ask if you wish to update. Say “YES”. It will update. Then run it again. On subsequent occasions you can run with regular user permissions. That will give you a URL when it is done. Please post here the URL. Just the URL. With that we can check your mixer, and some other aspects.

If it looks like an update to alsa is needed, I’ll be following this guide that I wrote:
Alsa-update - openSUSE

Note six zypper commands are needed (one group of 3 for alsa, alsa-utils … etc , … and one group of three for alsa-driver-kmp-pae ) . The command to install alsa, alsa-utils can be modified to update all the alsa apps you listed that are 1.0.17 or 1.0.18 versions.

Note I’ll be going away on vacation in 2 days time, and while away I will not have internet access.

Reference your card being an audigy, please look at this guide re: avoiding some problems with the mixer settings:
[Solution] Creative Audigy 1/2 + 11.0 + KDE/GNOME + ALSA - openSUSE Forums](

have a good vacation oldcpu; did you treat yourself to that very fine Panasonic HD camera?

We probably should start a new thread on camcorder compatibility, … I actually have 3 cameras under consideration. My short list of AVCHD cameras, with a link of a review to InfoSynch is:

… and while I wait to decide, I hear microchip in the back ground saying: *"STOP this obsessive research and just buy the darn thing !! " * (I suspect he’s been talking to my wife). rotfl!

Thanks for the quick reply.

after running the script the URL islinux-jtgv:/home/mike #

while updating the system I didn’t see any updates for alsa. I also installed the alsa mixer and that seemed to make no difference. Next stop is to check out those references you so kindly provided. forgot to mention seems that Pulse is not setup or in use
Have a nice vaction.

That makes no sense to me … As an illustration, I just ran the script on my PC, and I get this:

Your ALSA information is located at

Please inform the person helping you.


You should et something along those lines.

And you won’t see any updates for alsa in the normal repositories. Thats because for most users, the kernel updates don’t affect their sound. Hence for those users, they should stick with the alsa drivers which have been thru a LOT of testing.

But for users whose sound does not work, they should go to a special repository maintained by one of the Novell/SuSE-GmbH/alsa developers.

Good luck, and thanks for the wish.

old cpu,

just noticed that sussse thinks the card is a sb0610 whereas all other distros I have run see the card as a sb0400 as does /etc/modprobe.d/sound.


now have sound!!! I installed the alsa kmp packages, without any effect. playing with Kmix by adding all the channels I had in my mandy box (5.1 sound) that were missing here and unmutting the aaudigy analog/digital output jack gives sound. Alsom muting the SB optical raw channel givvves a whole lot more sound…

Must be time for a new thread - Audio CDs not recognized when stuffed into aa drive