Tutorials bullet How to Make Your Sound Work in Linux

All the following explanations are given from Linux OS - more precisely, the author of this page used Mandriva 2010 Spring with KDE 4.4.

You want to call a friend using YateClient? or just test its capabilities? Great!

Make sure that your sound is up and running!

If you are running a graphical desktop such as KDE or GNOME then it should already include a number of multimedia applications that are integrated with your desktop - for example, Amarok or Dragon Player.
Choose an audio file (any that has one of these extensions) and play it - if you can enjoy the sounds, then you know it's working! Go to the headphones stage!

If you can't hear a thing, you should check that:

  • you have the proper sound drivers installed. Some of the systems will have OSS as the default sound driver. Just to make sure, you should also install ALSA as it has a bigger and more complex API than OSS.


  • the volume is un-muted and high enough for you to hear the sound files played. When in graphical mode, double clicking the symbol for sound in your system tray should provide something like this (image from Mandriva 2010 Spring with KDE 4.4):

Take a working pair of headphones with a microphone (either one set all together or separate items, whichever suits your communication needs better) and attach them to the computer.

Plug each connector to where the tiny symbols indicate:

   for the microphone jack.
for the headphones jack.

Most of the headsets have a volume control - use it and make sure that the sound is at an acceptably loud level for you.

Now you can begin calling using YateClient!

For testing purposes, you can type: sip/sip:99991001@ or sip/sip:99991002@ in the telephony tab. These represent the "dial tone" and the "busy tone".

Make sure that you don't have any account selected (this test won't work if you're logged in your gmail account): Protocol: -none- and Account: -none-
Like this:

99991001 = dial tone
99991002 = busy tone

Then press the Call button to begin hearing the tones.

Right now, you should hear the respective sound in your headphones and YateClient should look like this:

dial tone playing
busy tone playing

When you heard enough, press the hangup button and you completed the sound-test.

  Screenshots are from YateClient version 4.0.