sound, gnomemeeting, sane, powerdown

David david at
Tue Sep 28 10:11:36 UTC 2004

thanks for the reply..

On Tue, 28 Sep 2004, Matt Zimmerman wrote:

> On Tue, Sep 28, 2004 at 05:02:21PM +1000, David wrote:
> > Sound:
> > I had to tweak alsamixer to get any sound at all, but now the desktop
> > sound icon is non-functional (set to zero).
> If you right-click and open the volume control, does it work correctly?

Right click was unknown to me... works fine.

After the initial install, the icon indicated full volume, but the
speakers were actually switched off, which seems a bit odd. All ok
now I know what to do.

> > GnomeMeeting:
> > Can't get video at all. No Video manager/plugin option and I can't figure
> > out how to configure it. Is this a GnomeMeeting problem, or an Ubuntu
> > problem? I've installed Camorama which finds the webcam without problems.
> > There are video4linux libraries, but how do I marry them to GnomeMeeting,
> > assuming that's what's needed?
> I bug was just fixed in this area; have you upgraded recently?

Hmm.... not so good....

I did:
apt-get install libpt-plugins-v4l [taken from bug report]
apt-get update
apt-get install gnomemeeting

which gave me
"replace gnomemeeting 1.0.2-2 (using ../gnomemeeting_1.0.2-2ubuntu1_i386.deb)"
and then I attempted to start gnomemeeting. The wheel revolves, and
Gnome's panel says that gnomemeeting is starting, but then it fails before
any windows appear, without error messages or diagnostics.

Did I do something wrong?

> > Sane:
> > Sane looks for devices and finds nothing, but /proc/bus/usb says that an
> > AGFA snapscan 1212u is present. I've added my username to /etc/group but
> > still no go. There seem to be drivers: /usr/lib/sane/
> Did you log out and log back in after adding yourself to the group?
> (addgroup <your username> scanner).

I hadn't logged out and back in again. All is now good. I can't understand
why users aren't added to the scanner group though? After all, not much
point in having Sane in the menu if you can't use it.

> > Powerdown:
> > It doesn't. I have to hold the power button for 5 seconds to power off
> > after shutdown.
> Someone else on a Dell machine reported a similar problem, and it should be
> fixed in the most recent kernel:
> I also have a similar problem on my ThinkPad, which persists with the new
> kernel, but I found a patch which seems to correct the problem:

It's not a show stopper.. I could wait for the next major release.

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