This may sound daft, but have you tried all the volume controls to see
if your main speakers are controlled by the slider marked 'headphones'
or 'modem' or 'wazoo-widget'?
The AC97 chipset has been around a long time (in driver terms) and is
well supported IME. However, ALSA makes some fairly scary (and sometimes
random) guesses as to what fader should be matched to what input/output.
Try them all. Make sure they're unmuted. Remember that combinatorial
issues might be at play (to hear PCM audio you will have to have the PCM
audio fader up and the main volume up - and possibly enable or disable
some sensors for headphone or jack insertion.)
Hope this helps.
Dale Dunlea wrote:
>> Niall O Broin wrote:
>>> On 7 Feb 2005, at 11:49, Dale Dunlea wrote:
>>>>> I think you should press on and try and get the onboard soundcard
>>> working. Once you get that done, I think you should email me and tell
>>> me how you did it. I've been plagued with Via onboard AC97 cards
>>> under SuSE.
>>>>>>>> What problems do you have? FWIW I've had VIA AC97 sound work fine in
>> SuSE for at least the last several releases.
>>>>> Well the machine is currently at home with it's onboard sound disabled
> in the BIOS so I can't call up the exact details. But essentially,
> alsaconf would pick it up and try to configure it, and you could hear
> the speakers click as though the volume had been adjusted, but no sound
> would play. From a software point of view, eveything looked like it
> should just work, but it just didn't.
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