OK – Some progress. I can now get sound with my account.
But there are still three remaining problems:
I still have to restart alsasound when I first log in
(either via etc/init.d/alsasound or via rcalsasound – the
two files are identical).
I still get nothing from the speakers
The sound is very weak. I have set the master/pcm sliders
to their maximum in alsamixer AND in Kmix AND in whatever
sound application I’m using. Am I missing a volume control
somewhere? Is it possible that the sound is so weak that
I’m just not hearing the speakers in (2)?
I suppose these are in reverse order of importance to me. I
would really like to fix (3). The sound quality from the
speakers is very poor anyway, but they are useful sometimes.
And lastly the first problem has a relatively easy workaround.
This should not be necessary. But if it is, then simply put in /etc/init.d/boot.local the command (last line):
… as for the other problems, … well … it looks to me like you made changes, and felt it not necessary to pass on the information (or you tried custom compilations, and felt it not necessary to tell me), so I no longer know what configuration is on your PC, so I can’t help anymore. At least not until you let me know what your configuration is again. For example, in reply to my “rpm -qa | grep alsa” request, you posted:
I apologize. I had installed another version of alsa last week thinking that might help. It didn’t. At some other point, I (thought) I removed it and reinstalled the distro version. I’m not certain when I did the reinstall relative to this thread. I thought it was before, but it might have been inadvertently done during. At this point, perhaps I should start over with the install (since it was a fresh install on a blank disk, that’s not too difficult). At that point, should I still have problems I’ll get back. But in any case, I thank you for your help so far.
What does that mean? Does that mean a start up sound with externally connected speakers/headphone?
Do you need to do this BEFORE you get “sound with your account” ?
If you get nothing from the speakers, then what does the statement “I can now get sound with my account” mean? (ie same question as above).
What also “might” help, is for you do do a screen dump (capture) of your mixer, and then post that on a site such as ImageShack® - Image Hosting Sometimes the scripts do not adequately portray what you are seeing.
What are you doing for a sound test? I recommend you copy and paste the following into an xterm/konsole as a sound test: speaker-test -Dplug:front -c2 -l5 -twav
Typically, when playing an application you simply need to move up to about 75% ‘Master’, ‘PCM’ and your application.
You could keep a record of your current mixer settings (maybe do a screen dump of each “tab”) and then try changing some of the switches, testing your sound after each change. ie switch OFF “IEC958”, switch OFF “analog loopback”, switch OFF “Swap Center/LFE”