“You dont know the value of things, until you loose them”
I had thought that I would be able to successfully solve the no sound problem in my Fedora 4 somehow, but it wasnt to be before a lot of trying. I thought it was a drivers problem and tried to install ALSA drivers and still nothing happened. I tried to work around with other things but to no avail.
Eventually, I burned a mini network install CD of SuSE 9.2 and installed that. This made things worse. The sound card was being detected as usual, but the sound wasnt there. Along with that the touchpad also stopped responding properly and the USB mouse couldnt scroll. I dumped it all again and installed Fedora 4 again. This time, I just tried to tweak things here and there, but after some time I again could come up with anything. What amazed me most was the fact that no such problem had been mentioned anywhere on the net and nothing good came up on google. Karthik, a fellow Graduate Assitant at ITL, helped me and he also couldnt come up with much until we hit the jackpot.
The problem is that Linux has a line sensor feature that wasnt working properly. We connected a set of headphones and found that it was working fine. And once we disconnected them, the PC speakers also responded. Since then they have been working perfectly.
So moral of the story is that, If your sound card is being detected and you are not able to hear any sound (after checking that nothing is set to mute), just connect a pair of headphones to the laptop and then remove them. It will solve the problem for good.
I am now using Fedora 4 happily.