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September 16th, 2008, 05:34 PM
When I start a sound recorder , It appears a dialog : Error while opening sound device.Please check your hardware. I'm using main Giga 945 .
How to solve?

September 16th, 2008, 05:41 PM
Post the output of aplay -l and the make and model of your box. Is sound working OK apart from that?

September 16th, 2008, 05:50 PM

**** List of PLAYBACK Hardware Devices ****
card 0: Intel [HDA Intel], device 0: ALC883 Analog [ALC883 Analog]
Subdevices: 1/1
Subdevice #0: subdevice #0
card 0: Intel [HDA Intel], device 1: ALC883 Digital [ALC883 Digital]
Subdevices: 1/1
Subdevice #0: subdevice #0

main GA-945GCM-s2

September 16th, 2008, 08:33 PM
Routing problems are the order of the day with these Intel HDA cards. The fix (where there is one & there often is) is different for each make & model, which is why you need to post that specific info. What you posted earlier was the model of your motherboard; what would be helpful would be something along the lines of LG Express P1 Dual or Toshiba satellite A130 etc.
You can get an idea of what you need to do by loking at http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=920728 or http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=919078

September 16th, 2008, 09:21 PM
There is specific help for your ALC883 here:


There are also software problems that will cause that message, like is some other application has taken control of your sound card and will not let your recording software access it. You can fix that problem by using my guide here: