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Old 03-26-2004, 02:24 PM   #1
cjswan
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Sound issues in KDE


Hi,

Just installed Mandrake 10 and when I start a KDE session, my speakers start emitting a highly annoying high-pitched squeak which doesn't stop.

Tried logging in under GNOME and this prob doesn't occur

I have Sound Blaster Live! 1024 Soundcard

Any ideas?
 
Old 03-30-2004, 12:49 PM   #2
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I'm having the exact same problem. On mine, the sound can vary. It can be silent for awhile, but when a wave plays the high pitched noise is interspersed with the wave audio. After the wave plays, the high pitch just continues.

I also just installed Mandrake 10. In 9.2, I couldn't get my sound to work at all. I am running a SB Live Value card.

- Jason
 
Old 03-30-2004, 01:19 PM   #3
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FYI:

In KDE, if you go to main menu/system/config/kde/sound/sound mixer and click 'load volume' this might solve the problem. Did for me.

Again, in KDE, if you add the sound mixer applet to the the taskbar you can can fiddle with the levels of various devices. The one to look at is labelled 'PCM' and seems to cause some kind of feedback on sb live cards. Turn the level down on pcm and you should be able to set other volumes around it so as to avoid the feedback

Hope this helps
 
Old 03-31-2004, 12:25 PM   #4
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That worked for me as well thanxs!
 
Old 04-09-2004, 12:39 PM   #5
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Great fix! Thanks.

I was able to get the problem isoated to the aRts sound server in KDE. I rebooted the system and went straight to console without loading X, and i used the "play" command to test the audio - worked perfectly. So i started Gnome and the sound worked great there too. Apparently Gnome and KDE have different sound servers, and apparently aRts doesn't like our SB Live cards too much :-). I did read some talk of a possible common sound server between KDE and Gnome for future versions (KDE 4 is next) - but we'll see on that one. Either way, i'm glad you were able to find this workaround.
 
  


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