alsamixer won't start?

James Drabb JDrabb at
Fri Aug 23 13:31:38 PDT 2002

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Jerry Hoover [mailto:jbhoo at] 
> Sent: Friday, August 23, 2002 7:49 PM
> To: blfs-support at
> Subject: alsamixer won't start?
> I have installed the alsa driver lib & utils packages 
> -0.9.0rc3 with the
> latest blfs book, and useing soundblaster live card.
> no errors when installing packages and choose to have the kernel load
> the modules and not use the scripts.
> when I try to run the mixer I get
> alsamixer:function snd_ctl_open failed for default: No such file or
> directory
> I have installed xmms and it works but of course no sound with out 
> unmuting a mixer.
> I tried installing aumix-2.7 and get a configure error
> checking/console.h....presence no
> checking/
> ./configure line 3746 syntax error unexspected token (s'
> I have tried runing ./snddevices that diden't help
> any help would be appreciated

It looks like alsamixer is looking for a device file that is not
there or there is no write permissions to the device.  What do you
get from: ls -l /dev/sound /dev/snd
Also, are your alsa modules loaded before you runl alsamixer?  Do
lsmod to make sure they are and if not manually load the modules.
If your /etc/modules.conf file is not setup correctly, then the
kernel module autoloader will not work.

Jim Drabb
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James Drabb JR
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