[arch-general] Why does my sound work sometimes & not others?

Damjan Georgievski gdamjan at gmail.com
Wed May 13 08:38:07 EDT 2009

>        When I first start arch and start kde, everything is fine. However, if I log
> out and then back it, most times the sound is gone -- dead. The sound will
> not start again until I reboot. Anybody got any ideas on what to check or
> what to keep a watch out for? Also, any ideas on how to bring the sound back
> once it dies without having to reboot?

Do a "lsof /dev/snd/* /dev/dsp*" as root to see if something holds
your sound-card open.

I must say, pulseaudio works very good for me these days (BTW I run it
as a system service) so I don't have any problems with sound any more.


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