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Sound is not working on SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10

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SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10
openSUSE 10.2


Sound is no longer working after updating to the latest version of the desktop. This could be a particular driver issue but most likely hal-manager was not able to properly setup the ACLs. One setup that causes this is if you are using a non-standard login manager (in other words not KDM or GDM).


One easy way to properly setup the ACLs is to go into Yast, Security and Users, User Management, Edit, Details, and add the audio group to the user.

Additional Information


  1. To see if you have the proper ACLs assigned you need to open a terminal and type ls -la /dev/snd/. You should see a "+" symbol on the files with the audio group.
  2. Now type getfacl /dev/snd/seq to verify that you have the write right setup.


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  • Document ID:3285777
  • Creation Date: 27-Dec-2006
  • Modified Date:03-Mar-2020
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

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