After some updates, the sound server that I had gotten to work via the wiki suddenly and irrevocably died. Whenever I click on the volume icon in the gnome menu it says this:
"No volume control GStreamer plugins and/or devices found."
In order to verify the gnome-applet was not the issue, I tried to modify the sound with amixer from the console but it didn't work--it gave no response--as if it thought it was working. I have tried various things, but I really don't know what I am doing. I am an archlinux newb and I came from ubuntu, where everything is automatic (although slow) and have never had an issue with sound before. Please help!
Last edited by d3br074 (2007-09-28 02:28:19)
Is this the wiki page you used to set up your sound orginally? What I would do is start at the first step and run through the entire thing again and see if it works. If you have any problems or errors just post them.
Also was there a specific pacman upgrade that you did after which the problem started?
You should also post the soundcard you're using, it may possibly help diagnose the problem.
Last edited by RobbeR49 (2007-09-26 16:56:45)
yes that was the wiki I used. It still didn't work when I tried it again. I have decided to update to the xorg 7.3 and just wait for the nvidia legacy driver--Maybe by magic I'll find that some version of something was dependent on it becuase I had held it back. dunno. But I can wait for the next version of nvidia-96xx, it won't be THAT long...will it?
I don't think that the xorg or nvidia packages have anything to do with your sound, that's all video stuff.
a couple things to try:
see if your soundcard is listed by running
check and make sure that you are still in the "audio" group.
run through all of the different playback volume controls in alsamixer and make sure something important didn't get muted somewhere, that has happened to me before.
lspci returned the following about my sound card:
00:06.0 Multimedia audio controller: nVidia Corporation nForce3 Audio (rev a2)
Subsystem: Hewlett-Packard Company Unknown device 006d
Flags: bus master, 66MHz, fast devsel, latency 0, IRQ 19
I/O ports at 1400 [size=256]
I/O ports at 1c00 [size=128]
Memory at e0002000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=4K]
Capabilities: <access denied>
Access denied??? what does that mean? I would guess that is a problem?
cat returned this:
0 [nForce3 ]: NFORCE - NVidia nForce3
NVidia nForce3 with AD1981B at irq 19
1 [Modem ]: ICH-MODEM - NVidia nForce3 Modem
NVidia nForce3 Modem at irq 18
It looks like it is finding the sound card. I remember from ubuntu that my sound card is Nforce3, the first one.
I went through all the different playback controlls, i think, and unmuted them all. None were muted in the first place though...
what was the output of the lsmod | grep '^snd' command from the wiki?
It was practically the same as the example one...Indicating the modules were loaded. but here it is:
snd_intel8x0m 14092 0
snd_seq_oss 29312 0
snd_seq_midi_event 6528 1 snd_seq_oss
snd_seq 46672 4 snd_seq_oss,snd_seq_midi_event
snd_seq_device 6924 2 snd_seq_oss,snd_seq
snd_intel8x0 28700 0
snd_ac97_codec 95652 2 snd_intel8x0m,snd_intel8x0
snd_pcm_oss 37024 0
snd_pcm 69124 4 snd_intel8x0m,snd_intel8x0,snd_ac97_codec,snd_pcm_oss
snd_timer 19332 2 snd_seq,snd_pcm
snd_page_alloc 8072 3 snd_intel8x0m,snd_intel8x0,snd_pcm
snd_mixer_oss 14592 1 snd_pcm_oss
snd 45028 10 snd_intel8x0m,snd_seq_oss,snd_seq,snd_seq_device,snd_intel8x0,snd_ac97_codec,snd_pcm_oss,snd_pcm,snd_timer,snd_mixer_oss
I think the problem is software. Whenever I double click on the sound mixer it says something to the extent of not having the right GStreamer plugins installed or the sound card isn't configured. I am fairly certain the sound card is configured correctly, as sound was working for like a day. Maybe an update of the gstreamer plugins broke it. Or maybe it was when I decided i needed to install all of them in order to view all embedded media...which ones aren't necessary...maybe some others are interfearing? I dont know. I do doubt it is a hardware recognition issue however.
yeah, everything looks ok there, so I'm pretty much at a loss. Could be a gstreamer thing, could be something else. I don't know much about the gstreamer stuff as far as which ones are needed, though. Maybe someone else can come up with something.
yeah, becuase it had worked before...hmm...i definitely need sound...in addition, I think like EVERYTHING to do with sound is broken. When I click on the sound config options in gnome in the menu, there aren't any devices to chose from. its just empty. Maybe I can downgrade the gstreamer versions ....
Is the Linux user with which you are trying to configure a part of "audio" group?
try this command:
If the list does not include audio, add the user in this group.
else if the user is already a part of audoi group there is some other problem .
yup that was it. Wow. It works perfectly now. Thanks everyone!