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January 28, 2014 1:33:58 PM

My new build with installed Linux Mint 16 Cinnamon (Ubuntu 13.10) works ok other than not having HDMI sound to my TV (video ok) and video ok but no sound on Skype 4.2. So my first question is about that. All went fine during assembly and OS installation.

The second one is about what to do software-wise, drivers, updates and such, because none of the CDs or documentation were for Linux systems. So I do not know if I should just stick with just whatever Linux installed, because it works, or try to replace some important ones with proprietary versions.
I would be most thankful for any Linux-specific advice - THANK YOU in advance.

CPU: AMD A6-5400K 3.6G 4M FM2 R
Mainboard: MSI FM2 A75MA-E35
Samsung SSD 840EVO 120GB
Kingston 8GB DDR3-1600

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January 31, 2014 1:27:14 PM

Click on the volume icon in the taskbar. This should open your audio settings. There should be a "configure" tab. Click that. There should be an option to switch to your HDMI output device. If HDMI does not appear as an option, you may need to search the Linux forums to see if you need to do some sort of driver update with that motherboard.
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February 1, 2014 6:25:18 AM

Aristotelian said:
Click on the volume icon in the taskbar. This should open your audio settings. There should be a "configure" tab. Click that. There should be an option to switch to your HDMI output device. If HDMI does not appear as an option, you may need to search the Linux forums to see if you need to do some sort of driver update with that motherboard.


Thank you Aristotelian,
yes, no, it does not work. Switching from built-in analog stereo to built-in digital stereo (HDMI) in the "output device" makes no difference - I only get video on TV.
I have spent many hours online seeking a solution to these sound problems, but no dice. It seems that this distro is quite buggy or I just do not know how to set up or configure devices properly. This Petra was supposed to be trouble-free out of the box. I have just discovered, tha in GE it will not open those little images that are in or around a particular location. I am so disappointed I just might go back to an earlier Ubuntu version.
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February 1, 2014 10:47:48 AM

Yes, if you look at the Linux Mint forums (or just do a Google search) there are tons of issues with HDMI in Cinnamon. I think Cinnamon assumes by default that HDMI is just for video even though it has capability to transmit audio and video. It could also be a driver issue. Have you browsed this forum:

http://forums.linuxmint.com/viewforum.php?f=48&sid=2a1e...

Just to double check everything...TV is connected to HDMI out (not DVI)? Master volume is not muted? TV volume is not muted? Can you listen on earphones or speakers to see if other outputs work? That would at least narrow things down to HDMI.

I would say to look around the Mint forums and you may find an answer...but if it is too much hassle, you can probably find another distribution working out of the box, and Cinnamon does not offer anything so special that it is worth spending significant time on. There's Mate, KDE, XFCE, plus all the Ubuntu distros.
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February 1, 2014 4:35:15 PM

Aristotelian said:
Yes, if you look at the Linux Mint forums (or just do a Google search) there are tons of issues with HDMI in Cinnamon. I think Cinnamon assumes by default that HDMI is just for video even though it has capability to transmit audio and video. It could also be a driver issue. Have you browsed this forum:

http://forums.linuxmint.com/viewforum.php?f=48&sid=2a1e...

Just to double check everything...TV is connected to HDMI out (not DVI)? Master volume is not muted? TV volume is not muted? Can you listen on earphones or speakers to see if other outputs work? That would at least narrow things down to HDMI.

I would say to look around the Mint forums and you may find an answer...but if it is too much hassle, you can probably find another distribution working out of the box, and Cinnamon does not offer anything so special that it is worth spending significant time on. There's Mate, KDE, XFCE, plus all the Ubuntu distros.


Agreed, Aristotelian, it seems to be as you write - insane, I say. I followed the troubleshooting steps suggested here https://help.ubuntu.com/community/SoundTroubleshooting and everything checked out ok, ie every step provided all the info asked for.
I do not really know how to analyze such data and make useful conclusions, but I believe the answer is somewhere within. I've saved it all in a text document. Maybe I can find a forum where I can present it for public scrutiny and get lucky.
As for double checking, yes, all is correct. Streaming audio works through speakers, earphones too, mike, recording audio in Audacity, playback in DVD player, etc all ok. TV is connected to HDMI out, not DVI.
Also, when I open Skype with this command LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib/i386-linux-gnu/libv4l/v4l1compat.so /usr/bin/skype
I do not get sound but have video. If Skype is opened in the menu ( Internet>Skype) I get sound but no video. And then again, after some 40 odd hours of frustration, it may be time to take your advice and get something different.
Thanks again for your trouble, I appreciate it.
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