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How do I get Fedora 22 to recognize my sound devices' existence?

asked 2015-10-25 12:29:37 -0600

xndrk gravatar image

I just installed Fedora 22 and am trying to use my headphones, but the computer refuses to recognize that it exists. It doesn't recognize the computer's speakers, either. I already tried turning them on through Settings, but neither shows up on the list of devices.

They're regular (non-USB) headphones, plugged into a Lenovo X201.

Thanks for the help.

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answered 2015-10-25 17:16:28 -0600

xndrk gravatar image

As it turns out, I was using the root account for everything, which somehow broke the system. So I solved the problem by creating a main work account for myself, which solves the problem.

Now I'm curious as to how root access breaks audio access.

Also, kudos to #fedora on Freenode for helping me out with this.

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thanks for following up! I'm curious too, but not enough to dig into it; at the end of the day, it's a thing that should not be run as root that doesn't work when run as root.

randomuser gravatar imagerandomuser ( 2015-10-25 18:27:23 -0600 )edit

answered 2015-10-26 20:54:37 -0600

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Root access has a different path statement than does a regular user.

A regular user, compared to root, has access to a wider range of programs.

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