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In have two soundcards. I use ALSA. How do I select which one to be used? (It currently uses the wrong one for audio i/o.)...
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    Selecting soundcard


    In have two soundcards. I use ALSA. How do I select which one to be used? (It currently uses the wrong one for audio i/o.)

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    I would run alsaconf in a terminal. This should bring up a menu giving you a choice of soundcards. Not sure if you need to log in as root to do this. Try it and see.
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    I did that, but now I get no sound at all. I restarted the computer but it is the same. When I open Kaffeine for example, I get an error message about alsa. "can't init driver ALSA".

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    You will need to select the right driver for your particular card. The default one chosen by your system might not be right.

    This - unfortunately - can be a case of trial and error. I use a fairly low end Soundblaster card and it works with the snd-emu10k driver.

    Look under 'Configure your computer'. You need to be root to change your driver. There's a list in there under your soundcard settings.

    After getting this sorted (and my optimism is boundless) you might find that your sound is muted. There are quite a lot of old threads which you can search to solve this one! Hope this points you in the right direction. ALSA and sound issues are a common problem judging by the number of posts.
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