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Monday, June 27, 2011

Volumeicon : better volume applet in #lxde for !debian or #Lubuntu

I really like lxde and i have installed on all computers that i have (minus the android phone but soon enough i will install on that too :))
but there is one annoying bug or feature the volume applet at least at home
is controlling only the front speakers and no mixer to choose what to be controlled or any preferences , only if you modify the source.

There is the help of alsa mixer to the rescue
open console and type
alsamixer
but there is a better way volumeicon
it places an icon in status bar and when you right click you can choose mixer and it will show you the alsamixer in all it's glory
pretty cool that cli always saves you and is more trusted than the GUI
git clone https://github.com/icebreaker/volumeicon.git
cd volumeicon
./configure --prefix=/usr --enable-notify
sudo make install

I have two soundcars so i have added in the config
cat /proc/asound/cards
0 [HDMI           ]: HDA-Intel - HDA ATI HDMI
                      HDA ATI HDMI at 0xfeaec000 irq 44
 1 [default        ]: USB-Audio - Microsoft LifeChat LX-3000 
                      Microsoft LifeChat LX-3000  at usb-0000:00:1d.2-1, full speed

vi ~/.config/volumeicon/volumeicon
[Alsa]
card=hw:1
Start volumeicon or add it to the startup session
volumeicon &
if you are on pure LXDE/Debian
editor ~/.config/lxsession/LXDE/autostart
#add to the file
@volumeicon
If you are on Lubuntu
editor ~/.config/lxsession/Lubuntu/autostart
#add to the file
@volumeicon

1 comment:

Unknown said...

Thanks. However under Debian 7.3 LXDE fresh install I'm getting this:

"
checking for GTK... no
configure: error: Package requirements (gtk+-2.0 >= 2.16) were not met:

No package 'gtk+-2.0' found

Consider adjusting the PKG_CONFIG_PATH environment variable if you
installed software in a non-standard prefix.

Alternatively, you may set the environment variables GTK_CFLAGS
and GTK_LIBS to avoid the need to call pkg-config.
See the pkg-config man page for more details.
"

Working in progress to see how I can fix it.