changing soundcards

Tony Baechler tony at
Tue Aug 11 11:02:08 UTC 2015

Have you installed the alsa-utils package?  While aumix works OK for ALSA, 
it is not a good choice and I think was abandoned upstream.  It uses OSS 
which is the old sound system, so using it also requires the oss-compat 
package.  OSS stands for the open sound system and is still used on the BSD 
platform, but hasn't been widely used on Linux for many years now.  Either 
amixer or alsamixer are better choices.  I'm not sure why alsa-utils wasn't 
installed automatically.  Also, as you found out, aumix doesn't work with 
Pulse at all, so it'll be useless in Gnome.  All ALSA programs (aplay, 
alsamixer, amixer) let you pick what card to use.  The modification to the 
configuration is a one-time fix to not disable your USB sound device.

On 8/11/2015 1:30 AM, Kristoffer Gustafsson wrote:
> I don't really want to modify config files.
> I just want to change soundcard.
> For example if I've got two in the computer I want to choose wich card to use.
> I'll look into this. Last time I had my machine running I got no amixer at all.
> I ended up using aumix.
> /Kristoffer

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