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    Sever 9.10, Aureal Vortex2, Sound FAIL

    Just recently installed server 9.10 to use for various purposes (network auth, file server, etc) and one of the things on the tail end of the Todo list was to set up a network sound server.

    To my surprise however it seems I have no sound capability. So I ran though the usual troubleshooting, here's the output:
    lspci:
    Code:
    00:0f.0 Multimedia audio controller: Aureal Semiconductor Vortex 2 (rev fe)
    lshw:
    Code:
    *-multimedia:1
                 description: Multimedia audio controller
                 product: Vortex 2
                 vendor: Aureal Semiconductor
                 physical id: f
                 bus info: pci@0000:00:0f.0
                 version: fe
                 width: 32 bits
                 clock: 33MHz
                 capabilities: bus_master cap_list
                 configuration: driver=au8830 latency=64 maxlatency=12 mingnt=4
                 resources: irq:3 memory:f4000000-f403ffff ioport:1838(size=8) ioport:1830(size=8)
    yet aplay -l reports:
    Code:
    aplay: device_list:223: no soundcards found...
    There is a driver associated and it is loaded in the kernel. Alsa even lists it when it reloads, So... I'm new to alsa since sound generally just works on desktop versions, however I am well adjusted with the terminal so feel free to ask for whatever output you need.

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    Re: Sever 9.10, Aureal Vortex2, Sound FAIL

    Did some further investigations, turns out that both my Ethernet card and my Audio card were sharing and IRQ, so I put the server down and shifted the audio card to IRQ 11, as shown by the output of cat /proc/interrupts
    Code:
              CPU0       
      0:       7995    XT-PIC-XT        timer
      1:          4    XT-PIC-XT        i8042
      2:          0    XT-PIC-XT        cascade
      3:        144    XT-PIC-XT        eth0
      6:          3    XT-PIC-XT        floppy
      7:          0    XT-PIC-XT        parport0
      8:          0    XT-PIC-XT        rtc0
      9:         48    XT-PIC-XT        acpi, uhci_hcd:usb1
     11:          0    XT-PIC-XT        au8830
     14:       3606    XT-PIC-XT        ata_piix
     15:          0    XT-PIC-XT        ata_piix
    NMI:          0   Non-maskable interrupts
    LOC:          0   Local timer interrupts
    SPU:          0   Spurious interrupts
    CNT:          0   Performance counter interrupts
    PND:          0   Performance pending work
    RES:          0   Rescheduling interrupts
    CAL:          0   Function call interrupts
    TLB:          0   TLB shootdowns
    TRM:          0   Thermal event interrupts
    THR:          0   Threshold APIC interrupts
    MCE:          0   Machine check exceptions
    MCP:          1   Machine check polls
    ERR:          0
    MIS:          0
    I also made sure that EVERYTHING was unmuted and turned up to 75% in alsamixer. (I will of course go back and re-mute everything once I start getting sound out of the speakers)

    Here is the output of a test incase anyone spots something useful
    Code:
    mplayer /test.wma
    MPlayer SVN-r29237-4.4.1 (C) 2000-2009 MPlayer Team
    mplayer: could not connect to socket
    mplayer: No such file or directory
    Failed to open LIRC support. You will not be able to use your remote control.
    
    Playing /test.wma.
    ASF file format detected.
    [asfheader] Audio stream found, -aid 1
    Clip info:
     name: XXXX
     author: XXXX
    ==========================================================================
    Opening audio decoder: [ffmpeg] FFmpeg/libavcodec audio decoders
    AUDIO: 44100 Hz, 2 ch, s16le, 128.0 kbit/9.07% (ratio: 16002->176400)
    Selected audio codec: [ffwmav2] afm: ffmpeg (DivX audio v2 (FFmpeg))
    ==========================================================================
    [pulse] working around probably broken pause functionality,
            see http://www.pulseaudio.org/ticket/440
    AO: [pulse] 44100Hz 2ch s16le (2 bytes per sample)
    Video: no video
    Starting playback...
    A:  29.8 (29.8) of 228.0 (03:48.0)  2.4% 
    Exiting... (Quit)
    Yet still no sound....

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    Re: Sever 9.10, Aureal Vortex2, Sound FAIL

    OK, so all I needed to do after fixing the IRQ issue was sudo the mplayer...

    So obviously the average user doesn't have privileges required to access the soundcard. So this is no longer a multimedia thread, but incase anyone is interested on how to give avg. users access you would do this

    Code:
    sudo cp /etc/groups /etc/groups.old
    sudo sed s/audio:x:29:pulse/audio:x:29:pulse,me/ /etc/group
    to do it, replacing 'me' with your username


    To anyone else who is having issues, visit these threads for good info:
    http://www.linuxjournal.com/node/1000262
    https://wiki.ubuntu.com/DebuggingSou.../KarmicCaveats
    (and a few others)

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    Re: Sever 9.10, Aureal Vortex2, Sound FAIL

    Huckberry--

    Thanks for posting all this, but I'm such a newbie that I'm not sure if it applies to me. I'm resurrecting an ancient desktop for a friend to use. I've loaded wattOS on it, which is working fine except for no sound.

    I also have an Aureal Vortex2. I tried installing a backports module for alsa -- no luck.

    What exactly does your fix do? How would I know if I should do the same? Are there any risks involved?

    Thanks!

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    Re: Sever 9.10, Aureal Vortex2, Sound FAIL

    Quote Originally Posted by xpacker View Post
    Huckberry--

    What exactly does your fix do? How would I know if I should do the same? Are there any risks involved?

    Thanks!
    Risks, no. not that I'm aware of. I have cut myself pretty bad pulling PCI cards out, just be careful, OK?

    As far as what my fix does, it depends on which fix you are refering to as there are actually two things I did.

    The first was change IRQ of the sound card by moving the PCI to a differrent slot.

    The second was give users the proper permissions to use the sound card.

    To determine which fix you need, please post the output from the following three commands
    Code:
    sudo cat /proc/interrupts
    sudo lshw
    sudo aplay -l
    **note: I am assuming that WattOS is debian based or at least close enough that standard debian commands will apply. I am willing to do some reseach if not, but it would be a great learning experience for you to attempt to also.
    Last edited by HuckBerry; February 28th, 2010 at 06:44 PM.

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    Re: Sever 9.10, Aureal Vortex2, Sound FAIL

    Thanks for your quick response, Huckberry. Here's the output of the three commands (separated by "======="):

    CPU0
    0: 125236 XT-PIC-XT timer
    1: 280 XT-PIC-XT i8042
    2: 0 XT-PIC-XT cascade
    3: 1 XT-PIC-XT au8830
    4: 3 XT-PIC-XT
    8: 0 XT-PIC-XT rtc0
    9: 0 XT-PIC-XT ohci_hcd:usb2, uhci_hcd:usb4
    10: 0 XT-PIC-XT ehci_hcd:usb1
    11: 2534 XT-PIC-XT ohci_hcd:usb3, eth0
    12: 13890 XT-PIC-XT i8042
    14: 13494 XT-PIC-XT ata_piix
    15: 6295 XT-PIC-XT ata_piix
    NMI: 0 Non-maskable interrupts
    LOC: 0 Local timer interrupts
    SPU: 0 Spurious interrupts
    CNT: 0 Performance counter interrupts
    PND: 0 Performance pending work
    RES: 0 Rescheduling interrupts
    CAL: 0 Function call interrupts
    TLB: 0 TLB shootdowns
    TRM: 0 Thermal event interrupts
    THR: 0 Threshold APIC interrupts
    MCE: 0 Machine check exceptions
    MCP: 2 Machine check polls
    ERR: 0
    MIS: 0

    ================================================== ====

    OUTPUT OF LSHW


    peg-desktop
    description: Computer
    product: XPSR450
    vendor: Dell Computer Corporation
    version: MT
    width: 32 bits
    capabilities: smbios-2.1 dmi-2.1
    configuration: uuid=6A3BEC6A-900A-11D2-A511-0800093DBCE8
    *-core
    description: Motherboard
    product: SE440BX
    vendor: Intel Corporation
    physical id: 0
    version: AA696089-408
    serial: 00028498124648C900Y1
    *-firmware
    description: BIOS
    vendor: Intel Corp.
    physical id: 0
    version: 4S4EB0X1.10A.0035.P13 (09/21/99)
    size: 1MiB
    capabilities: isa pci pnp apm upgrade shadowing escd cdboot bootselect edd int13floppytoshiba int13floppy360 int13floppy1200 int13floppy720 int13floppy2880 int5printscreen int9keyboard int14serial int17printer int10video acpi
    *-cpu
    description: CPU
    product: Pentium II (Deschutes)
    vendor: Intel Corp.
    physical id: 4
    bus info: cpu@0
    version: 6.5.2
    slot: J4J1
    size: 450MHz
    capacity: 450MHz
    width: 32 bits
    clock: 100MHz
    capabilities: fpu fpu_exception wp vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 mtrr pge mca cmov pse36 mmx fxsr up
    *-cache:0
    description: L1 cache
    physical id: 9
    slot: None
    size: 32KiB
    capacity: 32KiB
    capabilities: non-burst internal write-back
    *-cache:1
    description: L2 cache
    physical id: a
    slot: None
    size: 512KiB
    capacity: 512KiB
    capabilities: external write-back
    *-memory
    description: System Memory
    physical id: 24
    slot: System board or motherboard
    size: 256MiB
    capacity: 768MiB
    *-bank:0
    description: DIMM DRAM Synchronous
    physical id: 0
    slot: J6J1
    size: 128MiB
    width: 32 bits
    *-bank:1
    description: DIMM DRAM Synchronous [empty]
    physical id: 1
    slot: J6J2
    *-bank:2
    description: DIMM DRAM Synchronous
    physical id: 2
    slot: J7J1
    size: 128MiB
    width: 32 bits
    *-pci
    description: Host bridge
    product: 440BX/ZX/DX - 82443BX/ZX/DX Host bridge
    vendor: Intel Corporation
    physical id: 100
    bus info: pci@0000:00:00.0
    version: 03
    width: 32 bits
    clock: 33MHz
    configuration: driver=agpgart-intel latency=64
    resources: irq:0 memory:f8000000-fbffffff(prefetchable)
    *-pci
    description: PCI bridge
    product: 440BX/ZX/DX - 82443BX/ZX/DX AGP bridge
    vendor: Intel Corporation
    physical id: 1
    bus info: pci@0000:00:01.0
    version: 03
    width: 32 bits
    clock: 66MHz
    capabilities: pci bus_master
    resources: memory:f5000000-f5ffffff memory:fc000000-fcffffff(prefetchable)
    *-display UNCLAIMED
    description: VGA compatible controller
    product: NV4 [RIVA TNT]
    vendor: nVidia Corporation
    physical id: 0
    bus info: pci@0000:01:00.0
    version: 04
    width: 32 bits
    clock: 66MHz
    capabilities: pm agp agp-1.0 bus_master cap_list
    configuration: latency=64 maxlatency=1 mingnt=5
    resources: memory:f5000000-f5ffffff memory:fc000000-fcffffff(prefetchable)
    *-isa
    description: ISA bridge
    product: 82371AB/EB/MB PIIX4 ISA
    vendor: Intel Corporation
    physical id: 7
    bus info: pci@0000:00:07.0
    version: 02
    width: 32 bits
    clock: 33MHz
    capabilities: isa bus_master
    configuration: latency=0
    *-ide
    description: IDE interface
    product: 82371AB/EB/MB PIIX4 IDE
    vendor: Intel Corporation
    physical id: 7.1
    bus info: pci@0000:00:07.1
    logical name: scsi0
    logical name: scsi1
    version: 01
    width: 32 bits
    clock: 33MHz
    capabilities: ide bus_master emulated
    configuration: driver=ata_piix latency=64
    resources: irq:0 ioport:1f0(size=8) ioport:3f6 ioport:170(size=8) ioport:376 ioport:10a0(size=16)
    *-disk
    description: ATA Disk
    product: IC35L020AVER07-0
    vendor: Hitachi
    physical id: 0
    bus info: scsi@0:0.0.0
    logical name: /dev/sda
    version: ER2O
    serial: SVPTVMF2342
    size: 18GiB (20GB)
    capabilities: partitioned partitioned:dos
    configuration: ansiversion=5 signature=743d1854
    *-volume:0
    description: Linux swap volume
    physical id: 1
    bus info: scsi@0:0.0.0,1
    logical name: /dev/sda1
    version: 1
    serial: ce9f1233-387e-4057-a837-6bb3a07a2e04
    size: 486MiB
    capacity: 486MiB
    capabilities: primary nofs swap initialized
    configuration: filesystem=swap pagesize=4096
    *-volume:1
    description: EXT3 volume
    vendor: Linux
    physical id: 2
    bus info: scsi@0:0.0.0,2
    logical name: /dev/sda2
    logical name: /
    version: 1.0
    serial: ce0b4f00-9a64-45f8-8a68-d7b34a829350
    size: 8103MiB
    capacity: 8103MiB
    capabilities: primary bootable journaled extended_attributes large_files recover ext3 ext2 initialized
    configuration: created=2010-02-24 22:51:20 filesystem=ext3 modified=2010-02-24 23:13:22 mount.fstype=ext3 mount.options=rw,relatime,errors=remount-ro,data=writeback mounted=2010-02-28 21:00:38 state=mounted
    *-volume:2
    description: EXT3 volume
    vendor: Linux
    physical id: 3
    bus info: scsi@0:0.0.0,3
    logical name: /dev/sda3
    logical name: /home
    version: 1.0
    serial: 9c1126ab-9f3a-47d9-b38f-d8ca1b8c8dd3
    size: 10GiB
    capacity: 10GiB
    capabilities: primary journaled extended_attributes large_files recover ext3 ext2 initialized
    configuration: created=2010-02-24 22:51:43 filesystem=ext3 modified=2010-02-28 21:00:41 mount.fstype=ext3 mount.options=rw,relatime,errors=continue,data=wri teback mounted=2010-02-28 21:00:41 state=mounted
    *-cdrom
    description: CD-R/CD-RW writer
    product: CD-Writer+ 8100
    vendor: HP
    physical id: 1
    bus info: scsi@1:0.0.0
    logical name: /dev/cdrom
    logical name: /dev/cdrw
    logical name: /dev/scd0
    logical name: /dev/sr0
    version: 1.0g
    capabilities: removable audio cd-r cd-rw
    configuration: ansiversion=5 status=nodisc
    *-usb:0
    description: USB Controller
    product: 82371AB/EB/MB PIIX4 USB
    vendor: Intel Corporation
    physical id: 7.2
    bus info: pci@0000:00:07.2
    version: 01
    width: 32 bits
    clock: 33MHz
    capabilities: bus_master
    configuration: driver=uhci_hcd latency=64
    resources: irq:9 ioport:1080(size=32)
    *-bridge
    description: Bridge
    product: 82371AB/EB/MB PIIX4 ACPI
    vendor: Intel Corporation
    physical id: 7.3
    bus info: pci@0000:00:07.3
    version: 02
    width: 32 bits
    clock: 33MHz
    capabilities: bridge
    configuration: driver=piix4_smbus latency=0
    resources: irq:9
    *-network
    description: Ethernet interface
    product: 3c905B 100BaseTX [Cyclone]
    vendor: 3Com Corporation
    physical id: d
    bus info: pci@0000:00:0d.0
    logical name: eth0
    version: 24
    serial: 00:50:04:05:52:de
    size: 100MB/s
    capacity: 100MB/s
    width: 32 bits
    clock: 33MHz
    capabilities: pm bus_master cap_list rom ethernet physical tp mii 10bt 10bt-fd 100bt 100bt-fd autonegotiation
    configuration: autonegotiation=on broadcast=yes driver=3c59x duplex=full ip=71.207.180.6 latency=80 link=yes maxlatency=10 mingnt=10 multicast=yes port=MII speed=100MB/s
    resources: irq:11 ioport:1000(size=128) memory:f4043000-f404307f memory:10000000-1001ffff(prefetchable)
    *-multimedia:0 UNCLAIMED
    description: Multimedia video controller
    product: ZR36120
    vendor: Zoran Corporation
    physical id: e
    bus info: pci@0000:00:0e.0
    version: 03
    width: 32 bits
    clock: 33MHz
    capabilities: bus_master
    configuration: latency=64 maxlatency=16 mingnt=2
    resources: memory:f4040000-f4040fff
    *-multimedia:1
    description: Multimedia audio controller
    product: Vortex 2
    vendor: Aureal Semiconductor
    physical id: f
    bus info: pci@0000:00:0f.0
    version: fe
    width: 32 bits
    clock: 33MHz
    capabilities: pm bus_master cap_list
    configuration: driver=au8830 latency=64 maxlatency=12 mingnt=4
    resources: irq:3 memory:f4000000-f403ffff ioport:10b8(size=8) ioport:10b0(size=8)
    *-usb:1
    description: USB Controller
    product: USB
    vendor: NEC Corporation
    physical id: 10
    bus info: pci@0000:00:10.0
    version: 43
    width: 32 bits
    clock: 33MHz
    capabilities: pm bus_master cap_list
    configuration: driver=ohci_hcd latency=64 maxlatency=42 mingnt=1
    resources: irq:9 memory:f4041000-f4041fff
    *-usb:2
    description: USB Controller
    product: USB
    vendor: NEC Corporation
    physical id: 10.1
    bus info: pci@0000:00:10.1
    version: 43
    width: 32 bits
    clock: 33MHz
    capabilities: pm bus_master cap_list
    configuration: driver=ohci_hcd latency=64 maxlatency=42 mingnt=1
    resources: irq:11 memory:f4042000-f4042fff
    *-usb:3
    description: USB Controller
    product: USB 2.0
    vendor: NEC Corporation
    physical id: 10.2
    bus info: pci@0000:00:10.2
    version: 04
    width: 32 bits
    clock: 33MHz
    capabilities: pm bus_master cap_list
    configuration: driver=ehci_hcd latency=132 maxlatency=34 mingnt=16
    resources: irq:10 memory:f4043400-f40434ff

    ================================================== =======================

    OUTPUT OF APLAY


    **** List of PLAYBACK Hardware Devices ****
    card 0: au8830 [Aureal Vortex au8830], device 0: AU88x0 ADB [adb]
    Subdevices: 32/32
    Subdevice #0: subdevice #0
    Subdevice #1: subdevice #1
    Subdevice #2: subdevice #2
    Subdevice #3: subdevice #3
    Subdevice #4: subdevice #4
    Subdevice #5: subdevice #5
    Subdevice #6: subdevice #6
    Subdevice #7: subdevice #7
    Subdevice #8: subdevice #8
    Subdevice #9: subdevice #9
    Subdevice #10: subdevice #10
    Subdevice #11: subdevice #11
    Subdevice #12: subdevice #12
    Subdevice #13: subdevice #13
    Subdevice #14: subdevice #14
    Subdevice #15: subdevice #15
    Subdevice #16: subdevice #16
    Subdevice #17: subdevice #17
    Subdevice #18: subdevice #18
    Subdevice #19: subdevice #19
    Subdevice #20: subdevice #20
    Subdevice #21: subdevice #21
    Subdevice #22: subdevice #22
    Subdevice #23: subdevice #23
    Subdevice #24: subdevice #24
    Subdevice #25: subdevice #25
    Subdevice #26: subdevice #26
    Subdevice #27: subdevice #27
    Subdevice #28: subdevice #28
    Subdevice #29: subdevice #29
    Subdevice #30: subdevice #30
    Subdevice #31: subdevice #31
    card 0: au8830 [Aureal Vortex au8830], device 1: AU88x0 SPDIF [spdif]
    Subdevices: 1/1
    Subdevice #0: subdevice #0
    card 0: au8830 [Aureal Vortex au8830], device 2: AU88x0 A3D [a3d]
    Subdevices: 16/16
    Subdevice #0: subdevice #0
    Subdevice #1: subdevice #1
    Subdevice #2: subdevice #2
    Subdevice #3: subdevice #3
    Subdevice #4: subdevice #4
    Subdevice #5: subdevice #5
    Subdevice #6: subdevice #6
    Subdevice #7: subdevice #7
    Subdevice #8: subdevice #8
    Subdevice #9: subdevice #9
    Subdevice #10: subdevice #10
    Subdevice #11: subdevice #11
    Subdevice #12: subdevice #12
    Subdevice #13: subdevice #13
    Subdevice #14: subdevice #14
    Subdevice #15: subdevice #15
    card 0: au8830 [Aureal Vortex au8830], device 3: AU88x0 WT [wt]
    Subdevices: 64/64
    Subdevice #0: subdevice #0
    Subdevice #1: subdevice #1
    Subdevice #2: subdevice #2
    Subdevice #3: subdevice #3
    Subdevice #4: subdevice #4
    Subdevice #5: subdevice #5
    Subdevice #6: subdevice #6
    Subdevice #7: subdevice #7
    Subdevice #8: subdevice #8
    Subdevice #9: subdevice #9
    Subdevice #10: subdevice #10
    Subdevice #11: subdevice #11
    Subdevice #12: subdevice #12
    Subdevice #13: subdevice #13
    Subdevice #14: subdevice #14
    Subdevice #15: subdevice #15
    Subdevice #16: subdevice #16
    Subdevice #17: subdevice #17
    Subdevice #18: subdevice #18
    Subdevice #19: subdevice #19
    Subdevice #20: subdevice #20
    Subdevice #21: subdevice #21
    Subdevice #22: subdevice #22
    Subdevice #23: subdevice #23
    Subdevice #24: subdevice #24
    Subdevice #25: subdevice #25
    Subdevice #26: subdevice #26
    Subdevice #27: subdevice #27
    Subdevice #28: subdevice #28
    Subdevice #29: subdevice #29
    Subdevice #30: subdevice #30
    Subdevice #31: subdevice #31
    Subdevice #32: subdevice #32
    Subdevice #33: subdevice #33
    Subdevice #34: subdevice #34
    Subdevice #35: subdevice #35
    Subdevice #36: subdevice #36
    Subdevice #37: subdevice #37
    Subdevice #38: subdevice #38
    Subdevice #39: subdevice #39
    Subdevice #40: subdevice #40
    Subdevice #41: subdevice #41
    Subdevice #42: subdevice #42
    Subdevice #43: subdevice #43
    Subdevice #44: subdevice #44
    Subdevice #45: subdevice #45
    Subdevice #46: subdevice #46
    Subdevice #47: subdevice #47
    Subdevice #48: subdevice #48
    Subdevice #49: subdevice #49
    Subdevice #50: subdevice #50
    Subdevice #51: subdevice #51
    Subdevice #52: subdevice #52
    Subdevice #53: subdevice #53
    Subdevice #54: subdevice #54
    Subdevice #55: subdevice #55
    Subdevice #56: subdevice #56
    Subdevice #57: subdevice #57
    Subdevice #58: subdevice #58
    Subdevice #59: subdevice #59
    Subdevice #60: subdevice #60
    Subdevice #61: subdevice #61
    Subdevice #62: subdevice #62
    Subdevice #63: subdevice #63

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    Re: Sever 9.10, Aureal Vortex2, Sound FAIL

    Oh yes, about wattOS: it's an Ubuntu-based OS, using LXDE instead of Gnome. It's working well on this old desktop, very fast and lightweight. The only thing that's not working for me out of the box is the audio.

    http://www.planetwatt.com/

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    Re: Sever 9.10, Aureal Vortex2, Sound FAIL

    Well it looks like everything is in order as far as hardware. The irq is not being shared, the driver is loaded, and aplay recognises it. So next is software.

    Code:
    sudo alsamixer
    run that and turn the volume up for master and PCM to about 75%.
    Left&right control the device
    up&down adjust volume for both channels
    q&e / z&c control volume for one channel at a time
    esc quits.

    Then double check that your media player is set to use that sound card, as there is another one listed in your output (product: ZR36120 / vendor: Zoran Corporation)

    Try this code
    Code:
    $ sudo aplay -L
    default:CARD=au8830
        Aureal Vortex au8830, adb
        Default Audio Device
    front:CARD=au8830,DEV=0
        Aureal Vortex au8830, adb
        Front speakers
    surround40:CARD=au8830,DEV=0
        Aureal Vortex au8830, adb
        4.0 Surround output to Front and Rear speakers
    iec958:CARD=au8830,DEV=0
        Aureal Vortex au8830, spdif
        IEC958 (S/PDIF) Digital Audio Output
    null
        Discard all samples (playback) or generate zero samples (capture)$
    $ aplay -D front
    ^CAborted by signal Interrupt...
    you can replace "front" with any of the devices from the "-L" output. If you dont see any errors when it runs, then it is working. Hit CTRL+C to stop playback. If all that works and you don't get sound, you may have the speakers in the wrong jack or the card may be dead.

    Hope that helps.

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    Re: Sever 9.10, Aureal Vortex2, Sound FAIL

    Thanks so much, Huckberry. It turns out the old speakers were completely dead. I switched them with a different set, and all is well.

    If you hadn't mentioned the word "dead," I'd never have figured it out. I was convinced there was an esoteric software problem. I appreciate your checking it all out -- I really had no idea how to check for it myself.

    Sorry it turned out so mundane, but my gratitude is just as complete.

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    Re: Sever 9.10, Aureal Vortex2, Sound FAIL

    No problem, this thread is now a wonderful step-by-step guide on how to troubleshoot audio issues in linux. But do keep in mind the golden rule of troubleshooting: narrow the domain of failure by replacing as much as possible with proven working components. (eg. swap the speakers first, then the soundcard, then the config) Remember all those jokes from the 90's about plugging the computer in before calling tech support?

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