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    No sound when logged in as root

    When logged in as root, my sound is muted and can not open software to adjust it. No problem when I'm logged in as myself. How do I fix this?

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    Re: No sound when logged in as root

    Open a terminal and type alsamixer

    Are you able to adjust what is muted now?
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    Re: No sound when logged in as root

    But why are you logged in as root?

    By default the root user is totally disabled in Ubuntu including the Netbook Remix, and in 5 years of Ubuntu use, I have not needed a root login ever, except for recovery mode, to do anything.

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    Re: No sound when logged in as root

    How did U log in as root graphically???

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    Re: No sound when logged in as root

    The mods will be here in 5... 4... 3... 2...

    1. Do not log in as ROOT.
    2. Logging in as anyone but yourself means you will have to set up the sound, flash, and almost anything else you set up before as that other user.
    (I'm guessing here but either you are using 9.10 or earlier OR you set up a user called ROOT.)
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    Re: No sound when logged in as root

    The fix is simple. Disable root login.

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    Re: No sound when logged in as root

    I'm thinking from a user account
    Code:
    sudo cp -R ~/.* /home/root
    But yeah, don't see the need for a root account.

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    Re: No sound when logged in as root

    I agree with the other posters. Why the need for root login? However you managed to do it...
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    Re: No sound when logged in as root

    First, How did you log in as root?
    Second, click on Fix my sound! in my sig.
    That will switch from ALSA to OSS.
    Also, Check if OSS supports your soundcard.

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    Re: No sound when logged in as root

    Quite simply I went to administration / users and added a root account. At first, it said that I didn't have the privelages to do this, but when I rebooted, it was there and I can log in as root. I am a newbie, and I was not sure if it was a good idea to give my personal account admin powers so I created the root account. This stems from my ignorance of the structure and security of linux and differences between sudo, root, and administrator. From the tone of the responses I guess that I made a boo boo with creating a root account. Question is should I delete the account? While I'm at it, can anyone tell if there a "safe mode" when you do someting and it screws up your system, like the time I activated the video driver and got a blank grey screen and I ended up reinstalling Ubuntu? FYI - I'm usnig 10.04 notebook remix on a Toshiba satellite pro 6100.
    Last edited by baguahsing; July 6th, 2010 at 12:25 AM. Reason: added info

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