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    Setting up audio from minimal install

    Hi there!

    So, just for fun I decided to do a command line install of Ubuntu on a small partition on my laptop using the minimal installation disk (mini.iso). I've been having fun choosing each package I install so as to keep the install small, and have really only installed xorg, fluxbox, xterm, xfe, and chromium-browser so far in addition to what the minimal install put on.

    I'm at the point where I'd like to get the audio working, but the more I research audio with linux, the more confused I get.

    So my question is, what would one need to do in order to "install" audio on a minimal installation of Ubuntu? I presume I need to install an audio mixer and driver, but that seems too simple from what I've been reading. I'm guessing I'm quite confused at this point, and probably just need some clarification.

    Thanks in advance!

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    Re: Setting up audio from minimal install

    Thanks to Lidex

    Re: Sound after minimal install
    Along with your clean minimal install you'll need these packages:

    Code:
    alsa-base
    alsa-utils
    alsa-oss
    gstreamer0.10-alsa
    libasound2
    libasound2-plugins


    Fluxbox Guide

    http://tinyurl.com/7yf5o6s

    Openbox Guide

    http://urukrama.wordpress.com/openbox-guide/

    Rodney

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    Re: Setting up audio from minimal install

    Hi Rodney9,

    Since I'm trying to really understand what's happening with what I install, would you mind briefly clarifying what each of those packages does, or pointing me to something that would?

    Also, I installed the packages, restarted and then typed:

    Code:
    sudo aplay sound.wav
    and I don't hear anything but I see:

    Code:
    Playing WAVE '/home/adam/downloads/sound.wav' : Signed 16 bit Little Edian, Rate 32000 Hz, Mono
    In addition,

    Code:
    sudo lspci -v | grep -A7 -i "audio"
    outputs

    Code:
    00:1e.2 Multimedia audio controller: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) AC'97Audio Controller (rev 03)
    ...
    Last edited by sithpigeon; August 3rd, 2012 at 02:09 AM.

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    Re: Setting up audio from minimal install

    Started looking into this problem and randomly decided to try

    Code:
    alsactl init
    and my sounds started playing. Now it's always working even after restart. Not sure what I did, but glad it's working now. If anyone can explain what I did that would be awesome.

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    Re: Setting up audio from minimal install

    Code:
    alsactl init
    Works for me too!!
    Thanks! Can someone explain this?

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