This oddysey started when I had no sound coming from anything but my games. Since then I have been able to configure the ALSA drivers and now enjoy not only my games, but also sound files on the hard drive. The problem is that ALSA Player
is the only application that will play a CD from my drive--and the sound is weak and tinny.
The other players:
- 1. XMMS
will not play CD's from the drive. However, XMMS, Totem and Noatun will all play files from the hard drive--and they sound great.
Just learned this morning that Totem crashes when I try to play a CD. As I find out more about that, I may be able to "zero in" on the cause.
The contents of /dev/cdrom/ are confusing. Hang on, this is hard to explain.
The file /dev/cdrom/cdrom0 points to /dev/cdrom0 which points to /dev/cdrom1 which points to /dev/cdrom/ (If the computer is as confused over that as I am, no wonder I can't play anything from the player.
I haven't yet used harddrake
to find out what the distro thinks is there and I also haven't yet tried to find other commands that may help me identify the problem. I was hoping that someone here could point me in a direction so that I wouldn't "spin my tires" in directions that will give "dead ends."
BTW I'm running an hp 300i DVD +RW/ CDRW drive on an Athlon AMD 1 GHz and I have an Audigy2 Platinum-ex sound system that runs from ALSA drivers. The DVD drive appears to work quite well as a data drive. No problems reading--haven't tried writing yet--copying and all that stuff. In fact, I installed the distro from it.
Another thing that I will try if there's no joy in this effort, is re-installing my former CDRW drive and see if it works. However, sooner or later I need to configure the hp.