KMix Sound Issues...

Nigel Henry cave.dnb at
Mon Aug 13 18:12:55 BST 2007

On Monday 13 August 2007 00:31, Timothy Klaver wrote:
> Why is it that every time I restart my computer KMix resets my sound
> settings? I set it to 'SB Live 5.1', but every time I turn on my
> computer it is set back to 'NVidia nForce 2' (motherboard). Is this a
> flaw within Kubuntu? I have run Live CDs for Mandriva 2007 and Fedora
> Core 7, not to mention installing Linspire once, and they all configure
> my soundcard on-the-fly. Kubuntu continually leaves me without sound.
> Even Kopete, when I set all the sound notifications so I know when
> people are messaging me, quit giving sound on a reboot. What's up with
> that? How can I remedy this? I'm new to Linux and desire things to work
> the way they're supposed to. I'm enjoying Kubuntu (KDE for the most
> part) and would like very much to completely do away with Windows. Thank
> you for any help I can get.

I don't think this has anything to do with KDE, or Kmix, and may be more to do 
with the ordering of the soundcards when you bootup. It looks like your 
onboard card is being set as card0, and SBlive as card1.

Will you post the output of:
cat /proc/asound/cards
and also:
lsmod | grep snd

If you don't want to use the onboard soundcard you can add the following line 
to /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base. (add it at the bottom of the file)

install snd-emu10k1 /bin/true

Change "snd-emu10k1" for the name of the snd module on your mobo.

You can easily set the ordering of soundcards, but post back first, and we'll 
take it from there.

On my Kubuntu my Audigy2 soundblaster (emu10k1) is set as card0, and my usb 
midi keyboard as card1. and I didn't have to make any changes to anything. On 
other distros I have to set indexing options to get the cards in the right 
order, otherwise the usb midi keyboard is set as card0, and obviously a midi 
keyboard is not a soundcard, and sounds don't work.

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