SLED 11 - no sound, fresh install

Hi all. Posting here since SLED 11 is based on openSUSE 11.1. I’m hoping I can attempt to solve my sound problems based on your knowledge of 11.1. I’m running a Lenovo Thinkpad T61.

Here’s some data that may help:

toharris@toharris-t61:~/Desktop> rpm -qa | grep alsa

toharris@toharris-t61:~/Desktop> rpm -qa | grep pulse

toharris@toharris-t61:~/Desktop> rpm -q libasound2

toharris@toharris-t61:~/Desktop> uname -a
Linux toharris-t61 #1 SMP 2009-02-28 04:40:21 +0100 i686 i686 i386 GNU/Linux

toharris@toharris-t61:~/Desktop> cat /etc/modprobe.d/sound
options snd slots=snd-hda-intel
# u1Nb.iJWhLrosxI5:ThinkPad T61
alias snd-card-0 snd-hda-intel

I get no sound in general. If I go into the Control Center and select Sound, I can modify the sound preference devices. If I change from AutoDetect to “HDA Intel AD198x Analog (OSS)”, I can at least hear the test beep. :confused:

The sled support forum is here:
SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop (SLED) - NOVELL FORUMS

Yeah, I realize that. Thought I’d try here for some general advice on what to try first since traffic there is a bit low.

There are differences between SLED and openSUSE. Often the drivers are compiled against a specific kernel, and hence drivers compiled for openSUSE may not work with SLED. Hence while I can often point openSUSE users to new rpms (up to 1.0.19 of openSUSE) I can not do that for SLED, as I do not track SLED. But its quite possible a user on the SLED forum can point you in the right direction.

There is a troubleshooting guide here, that I wrote for openSUSE:
SDB:AudioTroubleshooting - openSUSE

Its possible some of that is applicable to SLED.

Since your version of SLED comes with 1.0.17 / 1.0.18 of alsa, then it also comes with the diagnostic script that has been included with alsa since version 1.0.17. You can run that by typing with root permissions with your PC connected to the internet:[INDENT]/usr/sbin/[/INDENT]the first time you type it, the script will likely want to update itself. Do that, and then type it again, where the second time it will diagnose your hardware/software audio config, and then post it to a paste site on the web. You can then take the URL you are provided, and add that to the information you post on your support thread.

One of the reasons I go with openSUSE over SLED, is there IS more volume on the openSUSE forum, and hence I have higher confidence of getting the support I want. The other reason is the packman packagers (who package lots of multimedia applications) package their rpms for openSUSE, but there is less certainty that their packaged apps for openSUSE will work on SLED (IMHO).

Be certain to use the sound tests in the troubleshoot guide for your criteria if sound functions.

OK, I replied in the SLED thread:
T61 no sound - SLED 11 new install - NOVELL FORUMS

Thanks. I think this may have been limited to Flash Player. Was odd though, initially I didn’t hear the login jingle and couldn’t hear audio in Flash. Might have been solved in one of the updates pushed. All good now.