Brief ALSA/Gnome warning

Michael Richter ttmrichter at
Tue Jan 10 14:33:22 UTC 2006

On 10/01/06, David Walker <dave at> wrote:
> I as well have had the same issue.  But got over it by defaulting back
> to my SBpci512.  Oh woe is me.

I'm now having a different problem.  Sort of.  Very odd.  I have, by
necessity, two sound cards.  One is built into the laptop and I can't do a
damned thing about it.  It's terrible, though, so I have the external SB so
I can stand the sound coming from my system.

Now sometimes programs will randomly... use the built-in card, not the SB.
The SB is selected as the default sound device, but for some reasons apps
will suddenly switch over to the other card.  System sounds still go to the
SB, but Totem, say, goes to the laptop speakers.  Very weird.

Is there any way to tell ALSA to pretend one card doesn't exist?  I mean at
boot it says "setting up ALSA card 0" and "setting up ALSA card 1".  Can I
tell it to ignore card 0?
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