[SATLUG] Re: Sound Issues

Herb Cee hc at lookcee.com
Sun Jan 17 17:31:02 CST 2010

Robert Pearson wrote:
> On Sat, Jan 16, 2010 at 7:14 PM, Michael <mmorse757 at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Don Davis wrote:
>>>> KDE 3.5.10
>>> KDE uses the arts daemon which can be awkward. I haven't had problems with
>>> it in a while.
>>> What does
>>> artsshell status
>>> tell you?
>>> You might want to check this out:
>>> http://linux.derkeiler.com/Newsgroups/comp.os.linux.misc/2006-12/msg00463.html
>>> http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=3999
>>> If you want to kill sound with htop look for artsd.
>>> I would recommend scanning your xsession error logs and
>>> installing/reinstalling alsa-utils.
>> Thank you for the info.  I am going to save this message for later use.  I
>> became to frustrated to play with it any longer, so I sent back to FF
>>  The only reason I changed to FF 3.* was because FF 2.* had issues
>> with the Facebook website. However, Facebook is at the very bottom of my
>> priorities/list of interests so going back to FF 2* was no big deal.
>> I am sure that I (eventually) will have to switch back (notice I do NOT use
>> the term 'upgrade') to 3.*  When I do, I'll have your reply to refer to.
>>  Thanks again.
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> Isn't this on a PCLinuxOS machine? Are you running 2009?
> How did you do your upgrades?
> It might be that some other packages need to be upgraded for FF 3.* to work.
> On the other hand some packages may have been upgraded that conflict
> with your audio chip.
> I have 3 PCLinuxOS machines and none of them has had any problems with
> FF and sound.
> The newest machine has all kinds of sound problems with multimedia
> like Flash and the video players on both Linux OS's. The problems are
> identical in both Linux OS's.
> The type of file seems to make more of a difference than the program playing it.
> This machiine has a Realtek ALC662 rev1 (digital) chip and dual boots
> Ubuntu 9.04 (previously 8.04, 8.10) and PCLinuxOS 2009. The sound does
> not work right on that machine for any Linux OS but does work fine
> with Windows. It has to do with the drivers. Linux is very late with
> drivers. I was advised the fix is to either download ALSA source and
> compile it all on the machine or buy a sound card for the PCI bus. I
> don't wish to do either.
> [Begin "Texstar" post]
> "Texstar", the guy who builds and releases PClinuxOS has a post on the
> Forum about how to do updates:
> How to properly update PCLinuxOS.
> Open Synaptic
> Press Reload  To get current file list
> Click Mark All Upgrades
> CLick Apply
> DO NOT USE apt-get update and apt-get upgrade from the command line.
> This has never been recommended. If you insist on using the command
> line, the correct procedure is apt-get update and apt-get
> dist-upgrade.  If for any reason the system says it is not able to
> retrieve a package do you wish to continue always say no, report it to
> the forum and try to update again later.
> <http://www.pclinuxos.com/forum/index.php/topic,63199.msg550062.html#new>
> [End "Texstar post]
> My personal experience has been a little different than what "Texstar" says.
> I used Synaptic religiously with PCLinuxOS 2007 and never seemed to
> have a problem for a long time.
> Near the end of PCLinuxOS 2007 I started having update/upgrade
> problems related to repositories. When I started using PCLinuxOS 2009
> I had repository and upgrade/update problems. Just like I have had
> with every Linux OS I have used starting with Red Hat. I stopped using
> Fedora Core, openSUSE and even PCLinuxOS.
> The problem for me was for some reason Synaptic didn't seem to
> properly synchronize all the updates/upgrades with regard to
> dependencies. I started using the sequence:
> apt-get update ; apt-get dist-upgrade (just like "Texstar" mentioned
> as an alternative)
> I started using this sequence instead of Synaptic and still had
> problems with repositories. I finally found a repository that was, and
> still is, valid and reliable.
> <ftp://ftp.ch.debian.org/mirror/pclinuxos/apt>.
> With the "apt-get" sequence and the repository above I have had no
> real update problems for a while.
> I did have a problem recently with the "motion" program on PCLinuxOS
> when they released an update linked to the wrong libraries. They
> finally fixed it and released one that works. Interestingly enough I
> never saw a word on the Forums or anywhere from a Google search about
> the problem. My other machines run Ubuntu 9.04 and Mint Gloria.
> "motion" worked fine on them during this whole time.
Hey Michael, ol Herb chiming in, don't quit on it you have some really 
helpful and knowledgeable dudes willing to help just cause they can 
...so take a deep breath stop flailing and march on, I'm a creaky ol 
dude and they keep me running. I only started 3yrs ago and every prob 
that i failed on they have sorted me out. heck bro you can do anything 
you want with this crew to guide ya.
Keep on keeping on

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