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fc 20 rollback to gstreamer after tried alsa installation?

asked 2016-04-08 18:54:17 -0500

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My laptop has a built in ALC892 sound card but Fedora 20 used the built in of the intel cpu. Switching of the card in the bios is not possible. My dislike to the sound capabilities of the intel built in sound emerged by viewing movies thru the net on my led tv, its sound level was still too low.

I tried to install the alsa-libraries and the alsa-drivers but it messed up my working os, the system settings control panel shows now only a dummy output where before gstreamer was shown as sound source.

By trying to remove the whole gstreamer with yum it wants to remove also all the necessary things of fedora, like kde and later added programs. Don't bore me to upgrade to fc 21 or 22, remember never change a running system and i had bad experiences with upgrades. The only thing i want to update is the kernel from 3.11 to 3.14 as the later has not the problems with dual and triple display output.

Help is very appreciated.

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I think you are starting from a faulty premise; alsa is always the audio backend on Fedora, and gstreamer packages provide codecs. These are very different roles on the system and not interchangeable with each other. Problems like yours are usually solved with package updates, but there have been no package updates for F20 for nearly a year. I get that upgrades can be difficult, but you are also having a bad experience not upgrading.

randomuser gravatar imagerandomuser ( 2016-04-11 08:43:20 -0500 )edit

thanks for the info. alsa was not shown as installed in apper what brought me to the conclusion it does not need it.

libertace gravatar imagelibertace ( 2016-04-13 17:33:52 -0500 )edit

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answered 2016-04-09 21:54:36 -0500

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Welcome to ask.fedora. It's not going to be easy to give you what you want because you've already ruled out the best answer. I don't think that kernel 3.14 was ever offered for F 20, and nobody at the Fedora Project is going to be interested in doing it now. About your only hope is to go to , download the source and compile your own custom kernel.

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it shows 3.11. somewhat x86_64 and marked the 3.14 as stable, what seems it does not bring any hassles by an upgrade. does it?

libertace gravatar imagelibertace ( 2016-04-13 17:36:14 -0500 )edit

There's no way of knowing without trying it. That's why GRUB keeps the most recent three kernels by default, so that you have two potential backups in case something goes wrong after a kernel update.

sideburns gravatar imagesideburns ( 2016-04-13 17:52:26 -0500 )edit

answered 2016-04-10 03:03:10 -0500

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updated 2016-04-11 01:37:15 -0500

Can you share all about your machine? 64 bits, 32? Ram... Exist a possibility (I haven't tested) but to a new version 4.4.5; maybe a kernel Vanilla; I will try rebuilt the src.rpm for Fedora 20. Remember Fedora 20 is out day, and doesn't has support anymore. Maybe this new version will be broken your system.

Well I rebuilt the src.rpm for Fedora 20 (yes zippyshare, sorry); I haven't tested in a real machine... Download Kernel 4.4.5

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um, its a Clevo P150EM quad i7 @ 2.7GHz with 16GB ram and dedicated graphics. my hardware is fine, just the quirky version steps from fedora go not without some hassles. My experience is any straight version runs good then any uneven version is full of faults.

libertace gravatar imagelibertace ( 2016-04-13 17:49:41 -0500 )edit

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