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Problems with system sound in Gnome/Ubuntu (Dapper)

Discussion in 'Linux & Open Source' started by Diss, 31 Jul 2006.

  1. Diss

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    My sound works except for system sounds that don't.

    I followed these instructions but no luck:
    http://easylinux.info/wiki/Ubuntu_dapper#How_to_configure_sound_to_work_properly_in_GNOME



    Now my sound is OSS (using Nvidia sound drivers with onboard mobo sound) - is this why these instructions aren't helping - and if so any idea how to get it working?

    i have an oss.conf file where the esd one is but it only contains:
    OSSLIBDIR=/usr/lib/oss

    many thanks

    Diss
     
    Last edited: 31 Jul 2006
  2. Scythe

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    Joined: 23 Jun 2005

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    Do you have a nforce chipset? I have nForce 2 onboard sound, these worked without messing around, but caused BSOD's in Windows today!

    What problems are you having? No sound at all? What nforce chipset are you running if any?
    Best places I found are the site you used, and Ubuntu's documentation.
    http://www.ubuntuforums.org/
    Is a great place for support that I used while setting Ubuntu up and fixing problems (1st time linux noob)
     
  3. Diss

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    thanks scythe

    yep - its an nvidia chipset
    my (dual boot) winXP uses a XiFi card and works fine

    whats odd - to me anyway - is that its just the Linux 'system' sounds that won't work (mp3/games atc are fine) - they used to work on my previous sound card (an old soundblaster)

    thanks

    Diss

    PS - i haven't tried the ubuntu forums that much - i have always found that people here are much more helpful - i'll see if i get any other comments before giving them a go
     
  4. Una

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    You really should be using ALSA now. Stupid question but are you sure your user who is playing sounds is added to the audio group? Thats a common problem.
    Is the problem /dev/dsp ?


    I can't really help you anymore than this without more specific errors messages - not just this wont work etc.. :)
     
  5. Diss

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    hi Una

    I am not sure i can use ALSA? When i installed the nvidio drivers it just set up OSS and there wasn't an option for ALSA.

    In Sound preferences i have "enable software sound mixing (ESD)" and "Play System Sounds both ticked"

    Re "Stupid question but are you sure your user who is playing sounds is added to the audio group? Thats a common problem." - How do i tell?

    Re "Is the problem /dev/dsp ?" - I don't know what this means - i have a DSP file but its icon is some sort of chip and its not a config file (which is what i was expecting it to be.

    Anything else i can check?

    many thanks

    Diss
     
    Last edited: 2 Aug 2006
  6. Una

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    The problem is often that your user does not have access to sound device correctly. Try running xmms music player as root or something and see if that gives you sound. If it does its likely to be the audio group thing.

    To see if your user is in the audio group check /etc/passwd (with some viewer).

    If /dev/dsp is there it is likely that the driver for your sound card is installed correctly.
     
    Last edited: 2 Aug 2006
  7. Diss

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    i get this message when trying to play an mp3 in xmms
    ** WARNING **: alsa_get_mixer(): Attaching to mixer hw:0 failed: No such device
    ALSA lib pcm_hw.c:1305:(_snd_pcm_hw_open) Invalid value for card
    ALSA lib pcm_dmix.c:819:(snd_pcm_dmix_open) unable to open slave
    ** WARNING **: alsa_setup(): Failed to open pcm device (default): No such device

    the mp3 does however play in Amorak



    this is in the file you mentioned - but i am not sure what i am supposed to be looking for:
    root:x:0:0:root:/root:/bin/bash
    daemon:x:1:1:daemon:/usr/sbin:/bin/sh
    bin:x:2:2:bin:/bin:/bin/sh
    sys:x:3:3:sys:/dev:/bin/sh
    sync:x:4:65534:sync:/bin:/bin/sync
    games:x:5:60:games:/usr/games:/bin/sh
    man:x:6:12:man:/var/cache/man:/bin/sh
    lp:x:7:7:lp:/var/spool/lpd:/bin/sh
    mail:x:8:8:mail:/var/mail:/bin/sh
    news:x:9:9:news:/var/spool/news:/bin/sh
    uucp:x:10:10:uucp:/var/spool/uucp:/bin/sh
    proxy:x:13:13:proxy:/bin:/bin/sh
    www-data:x:33:33:www-data:/var/www:/bin/sh
    backup:x:34:34:backup:/var/backups:/bin/sh
    list:x:38:38:Mailing List Manager:/var/list:/bin/sh
    irc:x:39:39:ircd:/var/run/ircd:/bin/sh
    gnats:x:41:41:Gnats Bug-Reporting System (admin):/var/lib/gnats:/bin/sh
    nobody:x:65534:65534:nobody:/nonexistent:/bin/sh
    postfix:x:100:103::/var/spool/postfix:/bin/false
    syslog:x:105:105::/home/syslog:/bin/false
    klog:x:106:106::/home/klog:/bin/false
    voteslave:x:1000:1000:voteslave,,,:/home/voteslave:/bin/bash
    messagebus:x:101:110::/var/run/dbus:/bin/false
    cupsys:x:102:107::/:/bin/false
    fetchmail:x:103:65534::/var/lib/fetchmail:/bin/sh
    hal:x:111:111:Hardware abstraction layer,,,:/var/run/hal:/bin/false
    saned:x:113:113::/home/saned:/bin/false
    gdm:x:104:114:Gnome Display Manager:/var/lib/gdm:/bin/false
    dhcp:x:115:115::/nonexistent:/bin/false
    haldaemon:x:116:116:Hardware abstraction layer,,,:/var/run/hal:/bin/false
    hplip:x:107:7:HPLIP system user,,,:/var/run/hplip:/bin/false
    beagleindex:x:108:65534::/var/cache/beagle:/bin/false
    ntp:x:118:118::/home/ntp:/bin/false
    vdr:x:109:120:VDR user,,,:/var/lib/vdr:/bin/false
    mysql:x:110:121:MySQL Server,,,:/var/lib/mysql:/bin/false
    mythtv:x:122:122::/home/mythtv:/bin/sh
     
  8. Una

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    Hmm there should be a normal user in that list. Who you usualy log in as? Cant see it.

    EDIT: lol wrong file... Check /etc/group sorry

    Should be something like

    general:x:502:juan,shelley,bob

    but audio:x:whatever:users in audio group

    Also is /dev/snd populated?
     
    Last edited: 2 Aug 2006
  9. Diss

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    thanks Una - file is as follows:
    username is voteslave

    root:x:0:
    daemon:x:1:
    bin:x:2:
    sys:x:3:
    adm:x:4:voteslave
    tty:x:5:
    disk:x:6:
    lp:x:7:cupsys
    mail:x:8:
    news:x:9:
    uucp:x:10:
    man:x:12:
    proxy:x:13:
    kmem:x:15:
    dialout:x:20:voteslave,cupsys
    fax:x:21:
    voice:x:22:
    cdrom:x:24:voteslave,hal,haldaemon,vdr
    floppy:x:25:voteslave,hal,haldaemon
    tape:x:26:
    sudo:x:27:
    audio:x:29:voteslave,mythtv
    dip:x:30:voteslave
    www-data:x:33:
    backup:x:34:
    operator:x:37:
    list:x:38:
    irc:x:39:
    src:x:40:
    gnats:x:41:
    shadow:x:42:
    utmp:x:43:
    video:x:44:voteslave,vdr,mythtv
    sasl:x:45:
    plugdev:x:46:voteslave,hal,haldaemon
    staff:x:50:
    games:x:60:
    users:x:100:
    nogroup:x:65534:
    crontab:x:101:
    ssh:x:102:
    postfix:x:103:
    postdrop:x:104:
    syslog:x:105:
    klog:x:106:
    voteslave:x:1000:
    lpadmin:x:107:voteslave
    scanner:x:108:voteslave,cupsys
    admin:x:109:voteslave
    messagebus:x:110:
    hal:x:111:
    slocate:x:112:
    saned:x:113:
    gdm:x:114:
    dhcp:x:115:
    haldaemon:x:116:
    ssl-cert:x:117:
    ntp:x:118:
    dirmngr:x:119:
    vdr:x:120:
    mysql:x:121:
    mythtv:x:122:


    I have no /dev/sound directory


    Diss
     
  10. Una

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    Hmm that looks fine there. Its /dev/snd anyway not /dev/sound.

    What do you mean by system sounds anyway? The ones from your desktop interface(gnome/kde etc?)
     
  11. Diss

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  12. Una

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    It depends which desktop interface your using as to how it handles sounds. KDE uses arts and gnome uses esd. It sounds to me like its trying to use ALSA for your sounds when you only have OSS setup. Im not that well up on sounds to be honest, you might want to try ubuntu forums sorry :/
     
  13. Diss

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    thanks for all the help una - i'll give the other forums a try

    cheers

    Diss
     
  14. Scythe

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    So are you using XFI sound card, or onboard? Onboard might disable itself if it detects a sound card and XFI support wont be here until early 2008 as creative won't release anything for the drivers to be made.
     
  15. Diss

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    hi Scythe
    winXP uses the wifi
    and Linux uses onboard sound

    Diss