Linux sound FAQ


Sound on linux: tips and tricks, software, hardware, drivers.

Stop all music programs and remove ~/.xine

ALSA drivers can use the muting facilities that most soundcards have. If you loaded the sound drivers and everything is fine but you get nothing but silence, then you probably forgot to unmute your card. You need amixer or alsamixer for this, both from the ALSA-util package.

amixer pcm 100 unmute<
amixer set -c 1 Master 70 unmute
amixer set -c 1 PCM 70 unmute
amixer set -c 1 CD 70 unmute<

should do for most applications. Please note that for the older amixer command you need to leave out the set in the command line.

JavaScript VirtualKeyboard

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BidiLink, SOcat, RLwrap - Linux utilities for administrator

bidilink< is a general purpose Unix tool for linking two bidirectional data streams together. It extends the standard Unix "filter" paradigma to bidrectional streams.

socat< is a relay for bidirectional data transfer between two independent data channels. Each of these data channels may be a file, pipe, serial device, pseudo terminal, a socket, an SSL socket, proxy CONNECT connection, a file descriptor, readline, a program, or a combination of these.Read more

Scanning software

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  • supports more than 1600 scanners
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