Sound settings - "device"

Erik Harrison erikharrison at
Wed Jun 15 18:33:48 CEST 2005

On 6/15/05, John Shane <jslists at> wrote:
> Hi all, I have recenly done a fresh install of SuSE 9.3 on my ThinkPad X30
> and upgraded to XFCE 4.2.2.  Before I was using RH 9 with XFCE 4.2.
> One of the wrinkles I am working on is getting sound working.  In the
> process of looking into various things I opened the sound settings menu in
> XFCE and saw that the "Device" setting was "default".  If I click on the
> setting the drop down menu offers "#0: Intel 82801CA-ICH3" which is
> the correct sound controller.  But when I choose that setting and close the
> menu it returns to "default." Now that might not be an issue of any
> consequence, but why does the setting not stick with what I chose?  And
> does this behaviour shed any light on the bigger problem of no sound?

I use Alsa with the same audio chipset, and had a similar no sound problem.

If you click on the sound applet in the panel you'll get a mixer. The
basic volume control tunes the master channel, but that won't get you
anything if PCM isn't tuned up. So, when you open the mixer, slide
over to the right, and see if your PCM channel is up or not. If not,
slide it up to max, and then set the master to wherever you like, and
see if that solves your sound problem. I believe you can use the
command line Alsa tools to save the conf to be persistent across
reboots if it does.

> On the Linux on ThinkPads list there has been a pointer about turning off
> headphone and line jack in order to get sound working but that hasnk't
> made a difference in my case.  At this point I'm just wondering about the
> XFCE Mixer/Sound settings menu.
> Thanks for any ideas you might have.  John
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