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Hey there all, I've been running Mandrake 9.0 for 2 days now. I have been using Gnome, however it doesn't have any Media Players (mpeg/avi....). So I decided to try KDE 3.03.
I would stick with Gnome, however I cannot compile files and that, have NO idea how to! So downloading a media p layer is pointless.
Anyway, down the point....
Basically, I am having problems playing my MP3's in KDE. I use XMMS and all of my mp3's are on one of my Windows partitions. When installing Mandrake, it recognised my 3 partitions and I can access them in Gnome and play my MP3's in Gnome! Nautilus (Gnome file-browser) recognises my Vfat partitions and I can play my Mp3's....
However, in KDE I cannot play these mp3's and Konquerer does not recognise my /Mount/ directory (it opens the /mount/ folder, yet nothing is there).
Whereas Nautilus in KDE recognises the 7 folders (devices) there. It's odd......
I really want to use KDE as its far more practical than Gnome, its just issues like this!
I'll give u a quick hardware run-down..
Asus A7V8X motherboard
(on-board sound) - check the Asus site for the exact soundchip on there. If necessary... I'll paste here a screenshot of what HardDrake says about the card..
But it works in Gnome, so surely the card is fine!)
ATI Radeon 7200 32MB DDR
1x80 gig (2x Windows Partitions) - MP3's on 2nd 50GB part.
1x40gig (Linux at beginning of drive - 12GB, then 25GIG Vfat part.)
Gnome rules, but it lacks basic desktop features such as "delete" and "line-up icons". I mean... everytime I load up Gnome or even KDE.. it still brings back 2 icons, both are related to capture devices. The first.... "gnomemeeting for my webcam", second.. "XawTV for my WinTV go card". It's things like that, being able to remove them (easily) and so on which would really improve Gnome and linux as a whole!
I hope some of you can help!
Thanks for listening.
KDE 3 is bundled in Mandrake9. I ran that for a good 3 months with out the problems your are describing. Are you using Samba to mount your windows particians? or doing this in fstab? I am thinking the prefered method to mount the ms particians would be samba. Mandrake comes with a nice gui for config or the samba shares. After mounting them you shouldn't have a problem with viewing them in konquer. I have only used kde as I thought gnome was just too cartoonish for me. I have since changed distros so I don't know how much more help I can be. Evil Entity is what I run now.
What is odd tho... is that I can listen to my DVD thru the line-in jack and play CD's through my soundcard! I just can't play mp3's, wav's and so on.
I managed to sort out the /mnt/ probs, simply by fiddling around in gnome. Loading up the "file manager super user" (KDE File Browser) app and having it crash a few times (by selecting /mnt/).
I then typed /mnt/win_c/ and guess what it loaded that partition, what is it with the /mnt/ folder! Its about time.... auto-detection was used, like you see in Windows. Granted, Windows is a nightmare.... but at least you can access your hard disks trouble-free and... play MP3!
Kinda sums up Mandrake 9, very disappointed with this.
I love Linux, I wanna ditch Windows, but complete newbies like myself, really.... we expect to be able to read our partitions without having to go anynear the konsole! I have no idea when it comes to programming, however I am borrowing a book from the college library called.. "C for Dummies" Hopefully, I will understand something soon!
All I want is an easy to use distribution (for those who have no nothing about coding other than that it is a hobby/job.) that fully support the Asus A7V8X and will let my soundcard work!
if you want to play these in xmms, why would you have to look at them in konquoer? you can go to xmms' playlist and then to the /mnt/vfat partition and then click on the songs that you would like to listen to.
your /etc/fstab looks fine by what i can see. i see no reason that i would crash, not saying that it's not. i don't have any problems with kon and it reconized my ntfs without any problems before i dumped it.
so as to the solution to that problem, crashing and not reading windows, i'm with jammin, i don't have those problems.
as to mandrake doing something stupid, a computer is only as smart as it's user.
Heh, odd.. Mandrake 7.0 used to setup my older P2 computer just fine. Mandrake 9.0 however, wouldn't have none of it!
Basically..... I have over 7,000 mp3's. I like to have them all loaded like I do in Winamp. Which is why I use the "add dir" options in XMMS.
Is there an explanation to my main problem tho? Sound working in Gnome, yet not in KDE? I take it both environments use the same drivers...
XMMS uses Konquerer to read the directory's in Linux, just as Winamp uses Windows Explorer.
I can now load the mp3's and that, but I can't play them! XMMS attempted to play them....... so like 00:00 comes up on the LCD display, yet it just can't play the file, causing XMMS to freeze.
One suggestion I have... is putting in my old Soundblaster16 PCI Pro soundcard and disabling my nice surround sound card! FFS....
But then again, it depends if Mandrake 9 will want to recognise my new card and install the appropriate driver for it!
It just hit me. Do you know if you are using oss or alsa. These are two totaly different sound servers. I might be wrong in calling them sound servers. But something in the back of my mind is telling me that when I ran mandy9 with kde it was using alsa. In your last post about xmms freezing, it go me to thinking that used to happen to me on occasion. I think it had to do with alsa. open and terminal and type ps -A that should show you all the processes that are running.
Also do you get a warning when you start kde about it not being able to access or start the sound server?
ok I am running out of ideas here. Other then searching the kde site the only thing I can think of is BIOS. Is it set to pnp os? If so that will cause a problem. The only thing I saw in your ps -A was the artsd. That is what enables full duplex and other properties of your sound server. Many has a gui to configure this. I beleive its under the mandrake control center. Try changing some of the settings under the sound server portion of the control center and see what happens. Boy I wish I still had mandy installled so I could help you more.
I know it's getting to be a pain, but stick with it we and all the other people here will try to help.
Last thing, there are some pretty knowledgeable people at www.justlinux.com. Try a post there also if you haven't already.
dave, try this-
in the kicker panel, start menu, go to configuration, kde, sound, sound server (system), i/o options. play with the i/o tab. you will have a couple of different choices for which sound you want to use.
for the xmms using konq i'm not sure. when i bring something up in it i have the gnome interface not the konq.
for your modules, as root lsmod this will list your modules, you should see one with snd or sound. you should have these loaded since you are able to play in gnome.
Dave, good job. Nothing like the satifaction of keeping at it till you have the problem licked. Just so that you know I did the same thing you did when I first installed Mandrake 8.2 I had pnp os enabled. The sound didn't work right at all. I later found out about the pnp os thing. I now leave my computer bios in non pnp os.
Now this may sound crazy, but try doing a reinstall of Mandy. You can do a reinstall without wiping out your /home and still have all your stuff there waiting when you are through. When I installed mandy9 with pnpos disabled the sound was as good or better then windows.
Just a thought if you find it acceptable then forget this suggestion.
glad that we could help. do what jammin sugest with the reinstall if you want it to work like it does in windows. at the end of the install, i believe right after the make boot disk, you have a choice to make an install disk. make one, then if you decide you have to reinstall for something else you can just drop that disk in there and it will automatically select the packages that you put in the first time. you would want to examine the package tree when you do reinstall just to make sure that you know what your putting in. mandrake will install alot of apps that you probably will never use, so examine then carefully and then de/select the ones you want.. do an update when you have rebooted. for some reason mine updates faster then. also you can listen to your tunes then.