Right from the start - I have no idea what is happening, but it is funny!
My box has a dual boot, either WinXP or VL SOHO 5.9. Both systems are completely isolated, to the extent that they are located on different drives. Windows lives on hda, VL lives on hdb, and there is GRUB which boots one of the two.
I bought a Logitech S-5500 webcam, and since it had a CD with WinXP drivers, I installed these drivers there. Next on the same CD there was a prompt, inviting me to open a Skype account (of course under WinXP). I did this, and the same evening was able to chat from Moscow with my friends in Texas and in Ukraine. Thereafter I turned the box off.
Next morning I turned the computer on and directed GRUB to boot VL SOHO. To my surprise I got an error message:
Error while initializing the sound driver
device:default can't be opened for playback
(no such file or directory)
Obviously the sound was 100% mute. I rebooted the computer, the message and the result were the same.
Then I remembered about the webcam and disconnected it from the USB port. Reboot the computer - no nasty messages, the sound works.
Can anybody shed some light, why does the installation of the webcam under WinXP block the initialization of the sound driver under VL SOHO, and why physically disconnecting the webcam brings the things back to normal? Also, is there a way to change this behevior and to teach VL SOHO that the connected webcam is not an enemy?
Best wishes. BNK