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Finally fixed it by going through absolutely every bar in alsamixer, even the ones that I wasn't sure would matter, and unmuting them all. As it turns out, the mute toggle mutes everything, but only unmutes the master volume.


I found a complete answer (which is well in line with the answer by Permat and Ramesh) on https://forums.gentoo.org/viewtopic-t-733367-start-0.html: ciaranhearne: "Basically I had to define Dmix as a plugin before I could use it" While this worked great with just alsa, I couldn't get pulsaudio/apulse to work (for skype). When I set pulse to use dmix ...


mpd's alsa output does not find the device, because it really is not defined! mpd (the daemon program) is run as user mpd which does not know about the "regular" user pis /home/pi/.asoundrc This can be tested by running a player as user mpd: pi@raspberrypi ~ $ sudo -u mpd speaker-test -t wav -c 2 -D mcl I have discovered elsewhere that there is in fact ...


plughw goes directly to the hardware. You should use default unless you know what you're doing.

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