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Since I'm having problems with this I figured I couldn't be the only one so why not start a thread that may help others later on. So, to start this off I'll give a run down on why I'm having certain problems. You see I like I assume a lot of people like using skype since that's (for better or worse) what everyone I know is using these days. So Linux gets everything perfectly setup after a few little install commands. I even run skype from konsole to test it out and the mic on my netbook works perfectly. Then on the next boot I run skype and the mic "works" but makes me sound like a retarded stoner zombie. In a desperate attempt to fix the mic to the way it was before I run alsaconf and instantly lose sound for the entire netbook as it claims that the sound hardware it was using before is not plugged in or needed. Sound is one of the most *****y things that make Linux unenjoyable sometimes.

So, in short I'm wondering what the generic cross distro options are to fix this kind of thing along with an explanation as to why it would work perfectly and then when the system is turned on later that it's failing horribly?

The audio and wifi problems are the biggest immediate things that are deterrents to me.
     
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You didn't even mention the netbook that you're using. How can anyone help if we don't know the hardware?
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That would be a good point because I forgot that I'm more trying to get at the commands to display the installed sound devices regardless of distro and hardware. This is more of an attempt to make it so if I do fix the netbook sound then I'll have a way to fix sound for any machine or at the very least figure out what's wrong. Then figure out how to undo what alsaconf did. Sorry, I was dead tired and frustrated when I wrote the OP.

Are there any commands I can use like a modprob to get sound info and then fix alsa? I found out that skype apparently needs pulseaudio to work even though I get everything but microphones to work perfectly. Will pulseaudio help and should I install it before or after I get the sound card fixed? Again, I'm sorry if these seem like basic things but I've finally become interested in fixing them.

PS:My netbook doesn't actually "exist" in Asus's world. They list something close to it but with a different default windows installed and none of it's drives worked (in Linux when I tried nswrapper for wifi). But, I've been having a bad month on being correct hence why I'm asking for help. It's a 1001P.
     
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Greetz
You can gather info on anything in the /proc directory with "cat". For ecample

Code:
cat /proc/asound/cards

cat /proc/asound/devices

cat /proc/asound/pcm
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Alright, now. After the cat probing (ehem) what commands/things should I do to fix alsa? For some reason I can't use nano in openSUSE so I'm trying to find what terminal based text editor it does use. I also don't know where to look for the file to edit alsa. I thought it was in /etc but ls didn't show the one I remembered. Oh and when alsaconf took out the sound hardware it took kmix with it (as in kmix doesn't work now). So I have to fix alsa and then kmix?
     
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Well, if it doesn't have nano, you can install it.
Pulseaudio doesn't work too well in KDE... I have never got it working with my gentoo install that had KDE.
Pulseaudio is the best audio system I know for linux, but it seems to be designed for Gnome, seems like it is integrated to it.
If you get no sound from anywhere, try running alsamixer, you may have muted something?
It shows at the bottom of each row, if it says 00, theres sound.
Alsa and pulseaudio don't match, you can't use both at the same time..they're both sound systems.
Have you adjusted the KDE sound settings, what backend?
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I am having the same issue but with my MacBook Pro... linux runs GREAT but no sound D:
 
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Just to throw a different experience into the mix I had Pulseaudio working in KDE and with Alsa. After a month of playing with it I found there was no advantage to me to add another layer so for simplicity's sake I uninstalled it. FWIW I also have the Jack Audio Connection Kit and LADSPA plugins, along with Celt and Speex installed both then and now. Worked just fine.
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Ever take a gander at OSS4? 4.2 is out and works really well for a lot of people, and it's as easy as:

sudo apt-get install oss4-dkms

sudo dpkg-reconfigure linux-sound-gase (select oss)

reboot!

That or just follow the wiki to installing, though before you do that I would do:

sudo apt-get build-dep oss4

Then:

http://www.opensound.com/wiki/index....v4_from_source

Just do the "make deb" option when you get to the make package stuff and you'll have your own OSS4 deb package! lol It's actually very easy.
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