Because a number of people in this thread believe I've contradicted myself, I'll put this way. 99% of the time its running on bare metal. Its only that 1% where I have to transfer from a VM to bare metal. Does that make more sense to everyone?But David didn't you say #16 bare metal ?
.......I can, but I wouldn't know how to burn Mint onto a USB.....(your answer)
I am not certain that is the case, perhaps David can clarify that for us.Seeing you are using Linux mint only...
your answer wasAre you running Linux Mint in bare metal or inside a VM?
If you follow what I described above, then that does not make sense. Once the system is on, then your rig is no longer bare metal, and won't be again, unless you wipe and FDISK your computer and install a different OS, or pass it on/sell it in that bare metal state.I always run it on bare metal
Thanks a lot for clearing that up. I'll admit I got confused over the terminology, and now I owe everyone, especially @Tolkem, an apology for the confusion.David, Brian was good enough to give us a small summary of the Thread so far, but there's an area not looked at properly that I would like you to help us with, and that is, bare metal.
I don't think you know properly what that refers to, and that is no crime in itself. There are so many technical terms, slang and lingo "out there" that it is hard to keep track, even when you are a Wizard.
Plainly speaking - if someone gives you, or you acquire, a PC or laptop that has been wiped clean of its operating system, or you buy one from a store that has never had an OS on it ... THAT is bare metal.
It has the hardware components in place, and a working power system, and a BIOS functionality that, when powered up, may bring you to a logo for the manufacturer, and so on, and go not much further.
A program known in one way or another as FDISK may have been applied to clean it off ready for new use.
If you Google up
what is bare metal
you will get a good idea, but don't be sidetracked with the references to bare metal hypervisor/server articles, that's a bit different.
With your bare metal setup, you can then choose to install Windows, or Linux, or Macintosh, or BSD, or other OS, using such a medium as the rig allows for, whether that be USB stick or optical medium such as CD/DVD (mostly DVD these days).
On completion of your installation you can power down and power up, or restart your computer/laptop and hopefully now have a working OS to play or work with.
When you were asked
your answer was
If you follow what I described above, then that does not make sense. Once the system is on, then your rig is no longer bare metal, and won't be again, unless you wipe and FDISK your computer and install a different OS, or pass it on/sell it in that bare metal state.
If you are running your Mint in a VM, such as VirtualBox (owned by Oracle) or VMWare (owned by Dell), or other VM software, then your Mint is the Guest, in a Host that is running off Windows, or Linux, or Macintosh, or BSD, or other OS.
You can't have a VM running off bare metal.
And if you did put Linux onto your your computer in a bare metal state, you would have to know how to have burned an .iso to either of a USB stick or a DVD. Which you say you don't.
To cut a long story short, we need to know under what environment you are running your current Linux Mint, the one that is experiencing audio (sound) issues.
Is it in a VM on a machine running Windows or other OS?
Is it fully installed to your hard drive, by some who has used a USB stick?
If the latter is the case, is Linux the only OS on the computer or is it also running Windows - dual booting?
But answer Brian's question first.
That's a better answer. Now, do you see if the audio is being reproduced, but there's no output? I still think you need to boot Mint from a USB stick, and check whether the issue still persists. If it does, it's probably a hardware problem, and you might need to find a replacement, i.e. a USB dongle audio device. If it doesn't, there might be a number of things that could be causing the issue. Launch a terminal, and type thisLinux is fully installed on my computer and is the only OS on it
There's also 'bare metal' in the server realm, with a different definition."In computer science, bare machine (or bare metal) refers to a computer executing instructions directly on logic hardware without an intervening operating system."