Does one have to be a sound engineer?

max bianco maximilianbianco at
Fri Jul 4 14:53:45 UTC 2008

On Wed, Jul 2, 2008 at 11:20 AM, Timothy Murphy <gayleard at> wrote:
> I installed Fedora-9 (from the KDE Live CD)
> on a big new disk on my laptop (ThinkPad T43) yesterday,
> and found that sound was not working.
> I noticed on left-clicking on the sound icon in the panel
> that the sound mixer was muted,
> and the sound was set at minimal level as well.
> Why?
> Surely the rational setup would be to have sound working
> at a reasonably high level when one logs on?

I think the reasoning is not breaking the hardware or your ear drums.
 Blowing speakers is relatively easy to do.

> Anyway, after unmuting the sound and increasing the level
> I found there was still no sound.

I had to switch my default to ALSA and all was well.
Preferences-->Hardware-->Sound ( or something like that)
> Left-clicking on the sound icon, and then left clicking on the word "Mixer"
> in the small window that appeared brought up a KMix window.
> I noticed that the "Front" slider was set at the minimal level in this,
> and pushing it up started sound working.
> What exactly does "Front" mean?
> Windows XP seems to get by without all this sophistication.
> As far as I can see, all I can do under Windows
> is make the sound stronger or weaker.
> I must say that is all I want.
> Am I alone in feeling there is too much expertise,
> and not enough common sense, in the Linux sound community?
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