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No sound on notebook/netbook? Solution!
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PostPosted: Sat 02 Mar 2013, 02:43    Post subject:  No sound on notebook/netbook? Solution!
Subject description: The problem might be in presence of HDMI output! Here is solution!


My first post in this forum. Up to now I was just a consumer! Smile
But I want to share my solution of the sound problem and help other users of AMAZING Puppy Linux.

I have Asus 1225b with HDMI output.
But Precise Puppy doesn't want to play any sounds on it!

I tried traditional solutions (Setup -> Setup ALSA sound):

1) Adjust levels. Didn't work. None of the volume control bars was moving.

2) Playing test sound didn't work.

3) In "Multiple cards" I've got some helpful information. Apparently, I've got TWO sound cards. First (labeled as "0") is HDMI output and SECOND sound card "Analog bla-bla-bla" (labeled as "1")

But!!! Choosing the second card as primary DIDN'T WORK!

So, I tried last chance solution (before penetrating ALSA configs of course Smile) - the great and powerful ALSA WIZARD.
Didn't work Sad

Here is the solution of the problem:

In system tray there is a volume level adjusting icon.
Right click, "Config Window", tab "Hardware".
Set "Sound Card" from "hw:0" to "hw:1"
Amazing, but that's it! Smile

All stuff I wrote before this solution is very important!
My sound card is hw:1, but you may have THREE cards and Setup -> Setup ALSA sound->Multiple cards will show you the right choice!

For example, my friend has HDMI, Digital and Analog card. He has to choose hw:2.

Good luck!

tags: no sound, sound is not working, sound doesn't work, puppy linux, precise puppy, notebook, netbook, hdmi, sound card problem
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PostPosted: Tue 26 Mar 2013, 13:23    Post subject:  

Hi ivan155

welcome to the forum Cool

Thanks for the fix.

The sound level and config tool you speak of is called Retrovol. It is a handy app indeed. A little care is need in specifying the soundcard number - sometimes entering an incorrect number can crash it. In this case the soundcard number can be manually specified in the config file


another problem with multiple soundcards is they can load randomly in different order at boot.

This can be resolved by specifying the card's index in


for example

# set snd mod order
options snd_intel8x0 index=0
options snd_ca0106 index=1

helping Wiki for help
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