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I'm sloooowly winning the battle to get sound under my Linux partition, I've downloaded a test driver from 4Front and I'm able to play short .wav files using xmms, so I know I can get some sound.
I'd like to be able to play CD's next, but so far I haven't been able to. I know the CD player itself works fine because I can use it under the windows partition. The default GNOME player pops up when I insert an audio CD, the tracks appear and remaining time counts down, but no sound. I've checked the sound levels using the GNOME audio mixer and everything looks fine.
I've looked around other posts on this subject in the forums, and I tried "depmod -ae", but that didn't help.
does anyone out there know how to get the GNOME default CD player to work properly?
Regarding the cable issue, I'm not really sure if that applies in my case, I don't have an actual sound card, rather (as far as I can tell) I have an integrated sound chip which is part of the intel 845 chipset. In other words, I'm not sure exactly where I'd plug the cable in since there is no sound card in any expansion slot. On the other hand, since I'm not completely hardware-literate yet, a missing audio cable may very well be the problem. Is there a HOW-TO or a web site I can go to that might have pictures so I can see where to connect it on the motherboard?
As to the mixer volume problem, I've raised all the volumes in the mixer, including the CD's, but no joy .
Thanks for your help, looking forward to your suggestions
P.S.: I don't know if this is relevant, but the CD player in question is an internal CD-RW drive
To lynch just to make sure I haven't missed your point, and to lopoetve although I don't think this will be much help, but here goes:
The volume settings I've been playing with are the ones in the audio mixer under the Programs>Multimedia menu in the GNOME window manager. It's essentially the gmix program which I can also bring up from a terminal window. The graphical interface in the program has sliders to set the volumes on various devices, including sliders for the CD. I've moved up all the sliders near the middle position and verified that the "mute" option is not clicked in for anything. I've also tried using the mixer (ossxmix) that came with the 4front sound driver I downloaded but that didn't help....
Is there a separate program specifically for the CD that overrides this?
Location: Rome, Italy ; Novi Sad, Srbija; Brisbane, Australia
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Ok, make sure /dev/cdrom points to /dev/hdX where X is your cdrom device. Then chmod 666 /dev/audio. (All as root)
Then type locate *.au
and cat /path/to/anyfile.au > /dev/audio
If that gives you sound output then the cdrom should work too, if it doesnt then most likely your integrated sound card isn't conected to the cdrom directly. Get a appropriate cable and connect it, if the sound card at all has a socket to connect to cdrom directly. If it doesnt i dunno how to help...
Head over there and click the picture of the motherboard. The white plug near the midi port (the yellow port on the sound card) is one of the sound plugs for the sound card. You might see a green one, or black one as well. You need to plug a cable from the back of your ROM to that point on the board. The cables usually come with both a motherboard and a soundcard. If you don't have one, take your drive to a computer store, and say you need an audio cable to connect to your soundcard. They SHOULD know what you need, especially if you show them the back of your drive. It's the plug marked audio
Thanks MasterC, I've located the (4-pin) plug on my motherboard and first thing this weekend I'll invest in an audio cable and give it another try.
To NSKL, I tried your test and it worked right off the bat; implying that the CDROM device is properly linked. So as you suggested, that seems to further support the missing cable theory.
I did have a question just for my own education: in my case the cd rom device is linked to /dev/scd0, which I'm guessing stands for a scsi device. If that link hadn't already been there, how would I have known what the right link is? Is there a program that will help me identify the right device or is it just a question of going down the list of usual suspects until I get sound?
In any case, I'll try the cable next and report back. Many thanks!
So Master and Slave are set with the jumpers on the back of the drive itself, and Primary and Secondary are the channels which the IDE cables plug into on the mobo.
For SCSI, it's pretty much the same, except numbered. So it starts scd0 then scd1 and so on, at least that's my understanding. I only use scsi as emulation for my IDE burner, and I can specify that in my LILO file as to which scsi device I want to be my burner and which to be my CDROM, so my SCSI knowledge ends there.