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Re: Bug#908349: firefox-esr: no sound after upgrading from 52.9 to 60.2




On Tue, 11 Sep 2018 21:24:42 -0400
Ric Moore <wayward4now@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

Hello Ric,

>Works a charm for me, and has for years, BUT every once in awhile 

As it does for many, I'm sure.

>the volume levels back up to 100%. Pulse rides on top of alsa, so alsa

And that's a problem.  Now, if sound goes wrong there are *two* things
to look at; ALSA & PA.  Sod's Law says I pick the wrong one to look at
first.  And that assumes there's breakage in either PA or ALSA.  There
is, of course, a third possibility - breakage in PA *and* ALSA.

I don't want to go there:  LTS.

>I also recommend cheap USB sound devices as they seem to always work. 

Except I see that Joe is having issues with a USB sound device.
Although, to be fair, the problem appears to be with sound modules,
rather than PA/ALSA.

>Whatever passes for a sound device on my laptop never seems to work,

Laptops are often a nightmare.  Not just with sound.  Shortcuts are
often taken to a) get everything inside a small enough box and b) keep
costs down.  Any deficiencies then have to be catered for in software.
Easy in Windows, since every manufacturer wants their machines to sell in
that environment.  Not so easy in Linux if the manufacturer won't
release detailed specs about their corner/cost cutting.

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