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Old 08-26-2011, 07:49 AM   #1
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Exclamation microphone stays quiet...please help!


hello there,
I am having trouble with my microphone. To be more precise: it is just not working...

What you should know:

I am using a system with multiple sound cards, but I can assure you, that I configured the alsamixer correctly (well at least I set it to the right sound card). It is certainly not the sound card itself, which is causing the problem, because the volume works fine. I just hope, that it is some software issue, regarding some configurations and not a compatibility problem.

Hint: everything worked fine, while using Ubuntu (it is Linux compatible..just hope that it is Slackware compatible as well XD )

Here is the link to the microphone/headset I purchased:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Creative-Fat...4362211&sr=1-1

the page hopefully includes all technical details, you may need.

However, most importantly: I am using the operating system "Slackware 13,37"


The thing I really hope for is some command I can perform in the terminal, which gives you the information to establish the solution.

I am really sorry if this is some newbie issue, or if this thread doesn't belong into the hardware section (didn't see some sort of multimedia category) .

If you still have any questions concerning my system or whatever it is, please ask. I will be happy to provide missing information.

In the end: here is my "THANK YOU" to you for bothering with this issue.

PS: I really need this problem to be solved, because till now I really enjoyed the Slackware distribution and I don't want this fun to be limited, because my damn microphone is not working.
 
Old 08-26-2011, 10:55 AM   #2
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There is a good chance that this is a hardware problem that can be solved by configuration as everything worked in Ubuntu. You have posted in an appropriate forum, although you would be likely to get a better response on Slackware specific issues by posting in the Slackware forum.

Please give some more details of your hardware, specifically the make and model of computer.

You also say you have multiple sound cards.
Please post the output of '/sbin/lspci' and 'cat /proc/asound/card*/cod* | grep -A 6 Codec'

Which card are you using for the microphone?
 
Old 08-27-2011, 10:01 AM   #3
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hey there,
I really didn't expect to get an answer that fast. (thanks) However my pc isn't made by some specific brand, because I preferred to build it myself (putting in the parts I like and leaving out the ones I don't).

right, so here is the output of the command:

# /sbin/lspci

00:00.0 Host bridge: nVidia Corporation Device 07c7 (rev a2)
00:00.1 RAM memory: nVidia Corporation nForce 630i memory controller (rev a2)
00:01.0 RAM memory: nVidia Corporation nForce 630i memory controller (rev a1)
00:01.1 RAM memory: nVidia Corporation nForce 630i memory controller (rev a1)
00:01.2 RAM memory: nVidia Corporation nForce 630i memory controller (rev a1)
00:01.3 RAM memory: nVidia Corporation nForce 630i memory controller (rev a1)
00:01.4 RAM memory: nVidia Corporation nForce 630i memory controller (rev a1)
00:01.5 RAM memory: nVidia Corporation nForce 630i memory controller (rev a1)
00:01.6 RAM memory: nVidia Corporation nForce 630i memory controller (rev a1)
00:02.0 RAM memory: nVidia Corporation nForce 630i memory controller (rev a1)
00:03.0 ISA bridge: nVidia Corporation MCP73 LPC Bridge (rev a2)
00:03.1 SMBus: nVidia Corporation MCP73 SMBus (rev a1)
00:03.2 RAM memory: nVidia Corporation MCP73 Memory Controller (rev a1)
00:03.4 RAM memory: nVidia Corporation MCP73 Memory Controller (rev a1)
00:04.0 USB Controller: nVidia Corporation GeForce 7100/nForce 630i USB (rev a1)
00:04.1 USB Controller: nVidia Corporation MCP73 [nForce 630i] USB 2.0 Controller (EHCI) (rev a1)
00:08.0 IDE interface: nVidia Corporation MCP73 IDE (rev a1)
00:09.0 Audio device: nVidia Corporation MCP73 High Definition Audio (rev a1)
00:0a.0 PCI bridge: nVidia Corporation MCP73 PCI Express bridge (rev a1)
00:0b.0 PCI bridge: nVidia Corporation MCP73 PCI Express bridge (rev a1)
00:0c.0 PCI bridge: nVidia Corporation MCP73 PCI Express bridge (rev a1)
00:0d.0 PCI bridge: nVidia Corporation MCP73 PCI Express bridge (rev a1)
00:0e.0 SATA controller: nVidia Corporation GeForce 7100/nForce 630i SATA (rev a2)
00:0f.0 Ethernet controller: nVidia Corporation MCP73 Ethernet (rev a2)
01:07.0 Multimedia audio controller: C-Media Electronics Inc CM8738 (rev 10)
01:08.0 FireWire (IEEE 1394): VIA Technologies, Inc. VT6306/7/8 [Fire II(M)] IEEE 1394 OHCI Controller (rev c0)
02:00.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc Redwood [Radeon HD 5670]
02:00.1 Audio device: ATI Technologies Inc Redwood HDMI Audio [Radeon HD 5600 Series]


I know that it is not recommended to include parts of nvidia and ATI into your system and that you usually stick with one of them, but I needed a new graphic card and I just liked the ATI one...

But here is the output of the other command:

# cat /proc/asound/card*/cod* | grep -A 6 Codec

Codec: Realtek ALC1200
Address: 0
AFG Function Id: 0x1 (unsol 1)
Vendor Id: 0x10ec0888
Subsystem Id: 0x1631e03a
Revision Id: 0x100101
No Modem Function Group found
--
Codec: Nvidia MCP73 HDMI
Address: 3
AFG Function Id: 0x1 (unsol 0)
Vendor Id: 0x10de8001
Subsystem Id: 0x10de0101
Revision Id: 0x100000
No Modem Function Group found
--
Codec: ATI R6xx HDMI
Address: 0
AFG Function Id: 0x1 (unsol 0)
Vendor Id: 0x1002aa01
Subsystem Id: 0x00aa0100
Revision Id: 0x100200
No Modem Function Group found



next comes the sound card I use for my microphone

(and everything else - it is an external one, because the on board sound card wasn't compatible with windows 7 - I am using a dual boot system, because Linux just can't replace Windows in terms of gaming, which I do from time to time...however, I am mainly occupying Slackware/Linux for everything else apart from gaming)

Fact is, that the external sound card, which I prefer, gives out the better quality and has more functions. Therefore I want to get it working with Slackware.

Sound card: C-Media CMI8738 (model 55) (C-media PCI DAC/ADC)

I bought it under the name SM-Live Value 5.1, but I guess that is not relevant, because the OS recognizes it as the device just mentioned.

I hope I covered everything, you were asking for


To that, please stick with this thread, although my reply came in a bit late. (won't be the case next time)
 
Old 08-27-2011, 10:30 AM   #4
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Have you tried this procedure?
http://lajosd.blogspot.com/2009/11/s...icrophone.html
 
Old 08-27-2011, 11:11 AM   #5
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Hmm...I know I didn't mention messing around with the alsamixer. To clarify this: Unfortunately I did try this out...

Last edited by 3xp10r3r|X13; 08-27-2011 at 11:24 AM.
 
Old 08-27-2011, 11:50 PM   #6
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When you use alsamixer, do you see the Card and Chip identifications as shown in the link I posted?

Looking at your lspci output shows that the card is recognised, but there does not appear to be a codec for it under /proc/asound.

Your card should be supported by the snd-cmipci kernel module. Does this appear in the output of 'lsmod | grep snd'?
 
Old 08-29-2011, 06:15 AM   #7
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Yes, it is all recognized and I set it to the right sound card. After all I have come to the conclusion, that this microphone is just not compatible with Slackware. I am sorry, that I have bothered the members of this forum with this thread. (I have already posted it in several other forums and nobody could find a solution)

Thanks for your efforts

I will try to help some other people out now
 
Old 08-29-2011, 06:18 AM   #8
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Just a side question, why does it recognize, when I post something with windows 7 and can't recognize the linux distribution I'm using?
 
Old 08-29-2011, 07:33 AM   #9
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Try:
http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...3/#post4030608
 
  


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