big alsa problem

Linux for blind general discussion blinux-list at
Fri Jul 13 10:56:40 UTC 2018

Especially if we're talking a fresh installation, this could be as simple a problem
as unmuting the master volume.

Let's get more data before speculating. What's the output of:

aplay -l

amixer controls

Linux for blind general discussion writes:
> pulseaudio is not and has never been a sound system.  Pulseaudio is a
> sound system manager.  Without alsa or jack pulseaudio by itself will
> not produce sound since it has no underlying sound system to manage.
> Another possibility which is going away fast for sound systems is oss.
> If pulseaudio is installed, I would do it and make sure all dependencies
> for pulseaudio are also installed.  Then you'll need to do the
> equivalent of unmute master in pulseaudio and set master to a percentile
> and save that setting so it survives a reboot.
> On Thu, 12 Jul 2018, Linux for blind general discussion wrote:
> > Date: Thu, 12 Jul 2018 14:37:46
> > From: Linux for blind general discussion <blinux-list at>
> > To: blinux-list at
> > Subject: Re: big alsa problem
> >
> > I would install pulseaudio.
> > that fixed my audio problems in the past.
> > pulse audio always worked better for me than alsa.
> > I do not have the knowledge to give you a reasoned analysis, but that worked for me in the past.
> > right now alsa is working for me, but that is recent and perhaps transient.
> >
> > --Brian Tew
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Janina Sajka

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