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Hey, I've just installed mandrake 10 and use microsoft digital sound system 80 as my speakers, which are usb. Anyways I can't seem to get them working right. They won't play anything on ut2004 or any other game, but they'll play mp3's in some media players. audio cd's will not work at all (might be related to something elses?) In Harddrake they are listed under unknown devices and have no module. Can anyone help my out? Do I need a driver or need to configure linux's driver or what?
Maybe totem can play audio CD's. KsCD won't work because it relies on the cd-rom drive doing the digital/analog conversion and then just sending the analog signal via an (on modern systems often not installed) analog cable to the soundcard. Obviously you need digital audio extraction (getting the digital data using the IDE interface of your drive) to send digital audio to the USB speakers. Good luck!
[badmofo666@woh-65-28-244-119 badmofo666]$ cat /proc/asound/cards
0 [default ]: USB-Audio - Microsoft Digital Sound System
Microsoft Microsoft Digital Sound System at usb-0000:00:10.1-2
It still will not play an audio cd in totem, says it has a plugin to do so and I should check if a disc is in the drive and if it is configured corectly.
What gets me is that my speakers are recognized will play mp3's but no sound will come out on games like chromium and ut2004, and I think kde is supposed to make sounds when it starts up or shuts down but it don't do that either, strange.