same sound problem in linux/Windows
I'm running both Windows 98 and Mandrake 8.2 on my machine, in separate partitions. In both systems, I run into the same problem when trying to play a CD: the player claims that the CD is playing (I see the seconds ticking by...), but there is no sound. The volume is turned up under bith systems. I've gone through the troubleshooter under Windows, and the soundcard/drivers, etc., seem to be fine. Under both systems, none of the test sounds (CHIMES, system sounds) work, either. Initially, I wondered if I simply had the speakers turned off, but they don't even seem to have a physical switch or button or anything. (My machine is an IBM Aptiva Duron something-or-other, if that helps.)
This is a real problem for me, since I'm trying to run some music analysis software, and I'd really like to be able to get my ears involved in this.