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I did a minimal install of Fedora 17 some months ago and only until today did I try playing some audio with it only to find out that sound is not working.

How do I get the sound to work on Fedora 17?

My current setup is only using Xmonad as window manager, no desktop environment. So I would prefer the CLI way of installing/troubleshooting this.

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I scoured the web, following every suggestion I could find to get integrated Intel HDA audio to work under Fedora 17. Nothing worked until I stumbled across this little gem:

Add your user to the 'audio' group, then reboot

From a shell prompt:

       sudo usermod -a -G audio yourUserName

After that, all I had to do was go to the Mixer control panel and select 'Playback: Internal Audio Analog Stereo (PulseAudio Mixer)'.

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This is actually mandatory for ALSA users as well. –  warl0ck Sep 29 '12 at 13:16

To begin debugging this:

Install the alsa-utils and sox packages.

yum install alsa-utils sox

Now attempt to play a sample sound.

play /usr/share/sounds/alsa/Front_Center.wav

Take note of any error messages.

If you get no sound from the play command, then edit your question and pastebin the output from:

dmesg | egrep -i "(alsa|sound)"
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Also note that i have found some problems with sound in my fedora. My problem was that in sound settings the output was set to HDMI. Just do a quick check to see if that's your problem. If so, disable HDMI.

Antonis Kalou.

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