I have a Intel Chipset AC97 soundcard (m/b integrated). I tried several distros and had sound problems in most.
Finally, I installed OpenSuse two days ago and immediately had sound.
Yesterday, I was messing around trying to get restricted codecs to install and play, and completely messed up Linux. No worries, I just reinstall, right ? Since I had problems fixing the existing installation, I ended up erasing the partition and starting from scratch. Only that time, no sound. The mic appears to be working - there are bars showing that it’s recording - and the playback seems to happen except no sound is coming out.
I erased the conf for s/c and re-did the config in “System”, got some sound out of Kaffeine - very low-volume no matter what I tried - still no sound in Amarok.
Now, what do I do ? Please help, I am a noob…
OK, an update…
I installed every GStreamer and Xine plugin I could find.
I could play in Amarok using Xine. I can’t play using GStreamer.
It appears that the default system setting is GStreamer. I can’t hear anything in eg Firefox. I can’t hear the test sound going into System->Hardware->Sound. So how do I use Xine as the default engine ?
Have you checked your mixer settings?
Yes, nothing is muted.
I guess the question now becomes, how do I make Xine the system-wide playback engine instead of GStreamer ? (xine does work).
I can play WAV files in Amarok using Xine (not GStreamer) but I can’t play Youtube videos since I can’t find a way to set Xine as a default playback engine for Opera or Firefox.
There’s got to be a way to set it up systemwide ?
Should be something like:
Menu -> Configure Desktop -> Sound -> Backend
Did you have a chance to follow the steps posted in the Stick post in multimedia?
I followed those steps and i was able to get my sound working until another update took place and now i am only able to get the sound to work with a stop and restart after a reboot.
If you get a chance check it out and maybe it will work for you. If not there is a section below the troubleshooting link for pulling additional information to post for future assistance.
OK I’ll try the sticky.
However, can somebody answer my prior question - how do I make Xine the default engine on a system level. Xine works all the time, Gstreamer doesn’t work at all.
I did “sound->backend” but this fixed it until the next reboot.
BTW this is definitely not a hardware issue, I’ve installed a second s/c (Soundblaster) just to make sure, and got same problems with Xine working and GStreamer not. Looks like Gstreamer is broken.
OK. I think it works. Not sure what I did.
I kept messing with different sound components until I started to get sound in Opera / FFox, however it would be gone after reboot. I then realized that I still had my second sound card installed, even though in every place I set it as #1 (the default #0 is the AC97). So I pulled it out and did the reboot, and voila… I have sound.
Is there a way to save / backup all system configs ? I really don’t want to go through it all over again if I have to reinstall Suse…
To be extremely safe, back up all .* (dot-star) files and directories in /home/<user>, /root and also back up the entire /etc directory. You should also check the /opt directory.
That should cover 99% of all configs. Some apps will still store settings in non-standard places.