Troubleshooting sound problems &tde; uses the &arts; sound system which is complex and powerful, making it difficult for some users to troubleshoot when things go wrong. Here are some tips to help you diagnose what it's doing when your sound misbehaves : How can I troubleshoot sound related problems in &tde;? To check that sound is working independently of &arts;, make sure that artsd isn't running and then try playing sound through XMMS or another multimedia application that isn't a part of &tde;. If that application doesn't play sound, then your general sound setup is probably broken and it's not a &tde; problem. Try playing sound with artsplay. Try various formats, ogg, mp3 and wav. Any error messages there might be useful in pointing you in the right direction. Try setting the &arts; output method to OSS. In the &kcontrolcenter; go to Sound & Multimedia Sound System. On the Hardware tab, under Select the audio device choose Open Sound System. If you are running alsa this will use the OSS emulation, which may give better or worse results. Running artsd from a terminal will give you a lot of debug output, some of which might help you to diagnose the problem. Trying this in conjunction with using artsplay in a second terminal can give a wealth of information. If an artsd instance is already running, exit it with artsshell terminate I've updated to the latest version of &tde; keeping my previous configuration and my system sounds don't work anymore! Assuming you've installed &arts; correctly and you still have the codecs installed your previous &tde; installation needed, possibly there is a problem with your knotifyrc. To confirm this, try temporarily renaming the file. A new one will be created when starting &tde;.