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"udevd-event run_program: '/sbin/alsactl' abnormal exit" on boot; no sound

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Upon boot, when starting udev, I get:

udevd-event run_program: '/sbin/alsactl' abnormal exit

I cannot get any sound. I can output to PulseAudio without errors, but there is no sound. Same for outputting to ALSA device hw:FM801AU (the soundcard I use).

How can I find out why alsactl is exiting abnormally?

EDIT: "yum reinstall *alsa* *udev*" got rid of the error on boot. I uninstalled alsa-plugins-pulseaudio
(and restarted) and tried playing WAV files with asound. No errors messages are displayed, there is just no sound. Every adjustable slider in alsamixer is unmuted and turned up all the way. I can hear a little pop-ish sound when I mute/unmute the Surround slider. I have tried booting into older kernels.

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Strange. Sound is a mess on

Strange. Sound is a mess on GNU/Linux.. It's possible that a recent upgrade messed something up that isn't in the kernel, maybe the sound driver. Maybe some sort of a permissions problem crept up?

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nope

alsa-plugins-pulseaudio was updated 8 days ago. I tried downgrading to the older version and restarting, but still no luck. I have also downgraded to the kernel that came with Fedora 10.

Not even root gets sound.

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software problem

I tried booting up the old Fedora 8 KDE live CD and sound worked on that, so the hardware is fine.

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Did you maybe try some

Did you maybe try some other sound subsystem like OSS? I know it's not really a solution, but at least it might provide you with sound..

This sort of thing should never happen on desktop oriented distros nowadays.. :S

EDIT: I dug around and found a couple of threads which might contain some helpful suggestions: on LQ and fedora forum. I don't use Fedora and haven't been messing with the ins of the sound system in a while..

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Did you maybe do a

Did you maybe do a memory-upgrade recently? I got myself new memory for xmas and then had sound-problems in Fedora 10. A BIOS-upgrade solved that mystery for me. I suspect that somehow the memory messed up things with ACPI, as my card showed up with lspci, but not using aplay -l, and browsing through /sys I figured that maybe the card may be inactive, although not deactivated in the BIOS, and working fine in Windows...

I'd suggest using the commands I posted in bold and see what they tell you, also fire up the PulseAudio Volume Control and see if your card shows up there. If your card, like it was for me, only shows up with lspci have a look through /sys/bus/pci/devices/ and then the PCI-ID of your sound-card which lspci showed you.