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I installed Archlinux recently. I have instaled flash, vlc, alsa-utis. But there is no sound.

I tried un-muting using alsamixer but there are no difference. Can you please let me know how to fix this issue?

"sudo aplay -l" results in the following output:

**** List of PLAYBACK Hardware Devices ****
card 0: Generic [HD-Audio Generic], device 3: HDMI 0 [HDMI 0]
  Subdevices: 1/1
  Subdevice #0: subdevice #0
card 1: SB [HDA ATI SB], device 0: CONEXANT Analog [CONEXANT Analog]
  Subdevices: 1/1
  Subdevice #0: subdevice #0

Sound card: ATI Technologies Inc SBx00 Azalia (Intel HDA) rev 40

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you tried to check if it works with headphones? And please post more details about your proble. For example the name of your soundcard! Did you tried to run alsaconf? –  Ivan Jan 18 '12 at 21:17
    
Headphones did not work either. How to probe? I did run alsaconf now and it said it successfully configured. Should i reboot my machine after this? –  18bytes Jan 18 '12 at 21:30
    
mmm not sure, but try to reboot. –  Ivan Jan 18 '12 at 22:04
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up vote 4 down vote accepted

I struggled with alsa when using Arch, and have always opted to use OSS instead

OSS Advantages;

  • Per-application volume control.
  • Some legacy cards are supported better.
  • Initial response time in sound applications is usually better.
  • Better support for applications that use the OSS API. Many applications still use this API, and do not require an emulation layer like ALSA uses.

Simply follow the install guide

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OSS worked like a charm, i just followed the install guide. In 5 minutes it was working! Thanks! –  18bytes Jan 26 '12 at 14:55
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If you are using i686, try the linux-lts kernel. I use an ancient audigy 2 ZS soundcard with snd_emu10k and it will not produce sound with the later kernel versions.

If you are using x86_64, I have no sound using the 3.5.3-1 kernel because the ALSA does not see the sound devices as user. Earlier kernels did work.

Bugs have been filed at bugzilla.kernel.org.

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