A few months ago I introduced someone to ArchLinux on the #linuxoutlaws channel they arean avid fan of XFCE alongwith Fab, one of the Linuxoutlaws presenters, so I thought I’d have a go at doing a fresh install of Arch withXFCE on a spare 60GB HDD I had gathering dust in a box.

I’m fairly confident with this distribution these days so everythingwent pretty smooth except for sound. Ihad a speaker icon in the panel, I turned the volume right up, I checked thatit was not muted but still no sound?

volumeNext I did lspci yep it sees my card lsmod yep it’s loadedthe modules what’s wrong? Sound works on my Laptop! Everything I’ve everinstalled has worked openSUSE,Fedora, Linux Mint, Ubuntu and ArchLinux. While it wassat on my desk merrily doing nothing I noticed the little wheel on the front ofmy Toshiba Tecra M2 spun that up to full then tried a sound file again, heypresto the “Borealis” sound theme burst into life.

The moral is: Don’t dive into a terminal every time you think you have a problem.

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