SoundBlaster Audigy 2ZS sound card. New copy of LMDE from On-disc.com. NO SOUND. No help here.
For what it is worth, the sound levels can be seen to change on the Pulse Audio volume meter but it does not get to the speakers.
I used to be running Ubuntu but the first upgrade I did pooched my system. No surprise there because I was configured in RAID0, so perhaps I was expecting too much. My next Ubuntu upgrade also blew up, a real bummer because that time I was starting from a setup that was about as plain vanilla as you can get. So now, I'm thinking how about a rolling release with a few bells and whistles. LMDE might be just the thing, right? Wrong! (I kind of forgot that my last experience with MINT was a release that went out the door unable even to boot.) This time the install went beautifully, I was surfing the web in no time and a quick trip to HPLIP got my printer working. Do not care about wireless. Time to sit back and catch some news vids at http://www.cnn.com
. Ran a clip and I could see the talking heads had their lips moving but NO SOUND. Checked the volume level settings, checked for muting. Went to control panel audio utility and found my audio card was identified correctly and turned up. Went to "users" to confirm I was in the audio group. Did apt-get update, wash, rinse, repeat. Still NO SOUND. I see on the PulseAudio volume monitor that I have audio but nothing is getting out. I come to the LMDE forum and follow all the suggestions in this sticky. NO SOUND. confused? By now I am getting desperate as only a noob can get. I Google for every variation of "LMDE NO SOUND" I can think of, and follow every suggestion I can no matter how harebrained. No joy. NO SOUND.
Lets make some comparisons. I have a few other live distros laying around. I run Fedora 14 Live. I got sound out when I ran the speaker test but CNN needed Flash. I ran PClinuxOS live. The talking heads on CNN came through loud and clear. Unfortunately the desktop filled only 2/3 of the screen horizontally. I ran CentOS Live. The speaker test gave me sound out but CNN needed Flash. Just to be thorough, I ran LMDE Live. NO SOUND.
I could have installed ARCH and have been a better man for it in the time I have spent futzing with this. Please tell me that I am doing something wrong. I find it hard to believe that a distribution would be released lacking such a fundamental feature as sound on a mainstream audio card. My experiences have been as if LINUX developers get together and apportion bugs and short comings so that all users can be equally disappointed in some fashion.
EDIT 3June2011 Ran a copy of Debian Live 6.0.1 Gnome. At least LMDE is true to its roots. There were no system sounds in Debian, no sound test buttons, and no talking heads and it did not even bother to ask for Flash.
EDIT 4 June 2011 Ran a copy of Ubuntu 11.04 a.k.a. Natty. Sound test buttons worked as expected. CNN wanted Flash for their talking heads. So far it looks like going back to Ubuntu is my best bet.