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1<?xml version='1.0' encoding="UTF-8"?> 1<?xml version='1.0' encoding="UTF-8"?>
2<!-- $Header: /var/cvsroot/gentoo/xml/htdocs/doc/en/alsa-guide.xml,v 1.63 2005/10/30 16:02:55 fox2mike Exp $ --> 2<!-- $Header: /var/cvsroot/gentoo/xml/htdocs/doc/en/alsa-guide.xml,v 1.64 2006/01/01 11:51:43 neysx Exp $ -->
3 3
4<!DOCTYPE guide SYSTEM "/dtd/guide.dtd"> 4<!DOCTYPE guide SYSTEM "/dtd/guide.dtd">
5 5
6<guide link="/doc/en/alsa-guide.xml"> 6<guide link="/doc/en/alsa-guide.xml">
7<title>Gentoo Linux ALSA Guide</title> 7<title>Gentoo Linux ALSA Guide</title>
8 8
9<author title="Author"> 9<author title="Author">
10 <mail link="fox2mike@gentoo.org">Shyam Mani</mail> 10 <mail link="fox2mike@gentoo.org">Shyam Mani</mail>
11</author> 11</author>
12 12
13<abstract> 13<abstract>
14This document helps a user setup ALSA on Gentoo Linux. 14This document helps a user setup ALSA on Gentoo Linux.
15</abstract> 15</abstract>
16 16
17<!-- The content of this document is licensed under the CC-BY-SA license --> 17<!-- The content of this document is licensed under the CC-BY-SA license -->
73 73
74<p> 74<p>
75The two options are : 75The two options are :
76</p> 76</p>
77 77
78<ol> 78<ol>
79 <li> 79 <li>
80 Use ALSA provided by your kernel. This is the preferred/recommended 80 Use ALSA provided by your kernel. This is the preferred/recommended
81 method. 81 method.
82 </li> 82 </li>
83 <li> 83 <li>
84 Use Gentoo's <c>media-sound/alsa-driver</c> package. 84 Use Gentoo's <c>media-sound/alsa-driver</c> package.
85 </li> 85 </li>
86</ol> 86</ol>
87 87
88<p> 88<p>
89We shall take a peek into both before finally deciding on one. 89We shall take a peek into both before finally deciding on one.
90</p> 90</p>
91 91
92<p> 92<p>
93If you were to use ALSA provided by the kernel, the following are the pros and 93If you were to use ALSA provided by the kernel, the following are the pros and
94cons : 94cons :
95</p> 95</p>
96 96
97<table> 97<table>
98<tr> 98<tr>
99 <th>Kernel ALSA</th> 99 <th>Kernel ALSA</th>
100 <th>Pros and Cons</th> 100 <th>Pros and Cons</th>
101</tr> 101</tr>
102<tr> 102<tr>
103 <th>+</th> 103 <th>+</th>
510<title>Volume Check!</title> 510<title>Volume Check!</title>
511<body> 511<body>
512 512
513<p> 513<p>
514We've completed all the setups and pre-requisites, so let's fire up ALSA. If 514We've completed all the setups and pre-requisites, so let's fire up ALSA. If
515you ran <c>alsaconf</c>, you can skip this step, since <c>alsaconf</c> already 515you ran <c>alsaconf</c>, you can skip this step, since <c>alsaconf</c> already
516does this for you. 516does this for you.
517</p> 517</p>
518 518
519<pre caption="Start the service"> 519<pre caption="Start the service">
520<comment>(ALSA as modules)</comment> 520<comment>(ALSA as modules)</comment>
521# <i>/etc/init.d/alsasound start</i> 521# <i>/etc/init.d/alsasound start</i>
522 * Loading ALSA modules ... 522 * Loading ALSA modules ...
523 * Loading: snd-card-0 ... [ ok ] 523 * Loading: snd-card-0 ... [ ok ]
524 * Loading: snd-pcm-oss ... [ ok ] 524 * Loading: snd-pcm-oss ... [ ok ]
525 * Loading: snd-seq ... [ ok ] 525 * Loading: snd-seq ... [ ok ]
526 * Loading: snd-emu10k1-synth ... [ ok ] 526 * Loading: snd-emu10k1-synth ... [ ok ]
527 * Loading: snd-seq-midi ... [ ok ] 527 * Loading: snd-seq-midi ... [ ok ]
528 * Restoring Mixer Levels ... [ ok ] 528 * Restoring Mixer Levels ... [ ok ]
529<comment>(ALSA compiled in)</comment> 529<comment>(ALSA compiled in)</comment>
530# <i>/etc/init.d/alsasound start</i> 530# <i>/etc/init.d/alsasound start</i>
531 * Loading ALSA modules ... 531 * Loading ALSA modules ...
532 * Restoring Mixer Levels ... [ ok ] 532 * Restoring Mixer Levels ... [ ok ]
533</pre> 533</pre>
534 534
535<p> 535<p>
536Now that the required things have been taken care of, we need to check up on 536Now that the required things have been taken care of, we need to check up on
537the volume as in certain cases, it is muted. We use <c>alsamixer</c> for this 537the volume as in certain cases, it is muted. We use <c>alsamixer</c> for this
538purpose. 538purpose.
539</p> 539</p>
540 540
541<pre caption="Starting alsamixer"> 541<pre caption="Starting alsamixer">
542<comment>(Opens up a console program. Only required settings are shown)</comment> 542<comment>(Opens up a console program. Only required settings are shown)</comment>

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