sound plays, but speakers stay silent

Posted on 2000-02-13
Medium Priority
Last Modified: 2013-12-15
red hat 6.1, soundcard with ess1868 chipset: the sound module is loaded correctly and mpg123 or xmms can access the sound device and give no errors but no sound comes out of the speakers. sound works well with windows.
Question by:_stagger_
LVL 17

Accepted Solution

psimation earned 400 total points
ID: 2520498
It sounds to me like your sound device is NOT setup corectly.
Xmms and mpg123 are just players ( the cdplayer as well), all of them will "play" even if you don't have any sound device configured. I think you will find that when you open a mixer device, you will receive an error. From a terminal window, type setup. Then use the sound configuration tool. If you can't get the configuration tool to produce a wave playback ( of Linus Torvalds pronouncing Linux) and a midi playback, you will definately not get sound from anything. Play around with different irq's and i/o's if the default values won't work.

Author Comment

ID: 2522094
well, my card and chipset ARE supported. the tool soundconf doesnt work - it hangs when trying to write the conf file. when the card isnt configured correctly mpg123 gives an error 'could not open dma' and i can open the mixer.

Featured Post

Keep up with what's happening at Experts Exchange!

Sign up to receive Decoded, a new monthly digest with product updates, feature release info, continuing education opportunities, and more.

Question has a verified solution.

Are you are experiencing a similar issue? Get a personalized answer when you ask a related question.

Have a better answer? Share it in a comment.

Join & Write a Comment

In the first part of this tutorial we will cover the prerequisites for installing SQL Server vNext on Linux.
Virtualization software lets you run different versions of Windows, Ubuntu Linux and other versions of Linux all at the same time, rather than running each one directly from your computer's hard drive.
Learn how to get help with Linux/Unix bash shell commands. Use help to read help documents for built in bash shell commands.: Use man to interface with the online reference manuals for shell commands.: Use man to search man pages for unknown command…
Get a first impression of how PRTG looks and learn how it works.   This video is a short introduction to PRTG, as an initial overview or as a quick start for new PRTG users.
Suggested Courses

621 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question