Share your knowledge at the LQ Wiki.
Go Back > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - General
User Name
Linux - General This Linux forum is for general Linux questions and discussion.
If it is Linux Related and doesn't seem to fit in any other forum then this is the place.


  Search this Thread
Old 01-17-2005, 09:28 PM   #1
Registered: Mar 2003
Location: Everett
Distribution: Slackware
Posts: 805

Rep: Reputation: 35
Playing Cd's (no sound)

When I try and play cd's with my laptop, i get no sound. I got sound when I play movies though.
I've done the alsaconf, alsamixer, and alsactl store but have not changed any permissions.
Sytem notifications make sound, when I test sound from the kde control center i get sound, but no sound when playing cd's.
This is on a gateway 7405gx laptop computer.
Old 01-17-2005, 09:35 PM   #2
LQ Guru
Registered: Mar 2002
Location: Salt Lake City, UT - USA
Distribution: Gentoo ; LFS ; Kubuntu
Posts: 12,612

Rep: Reputation: 68
Anyone, feel free to correct any errors I make

Playing CD's requires that audio cable to be present between the drive and the soundcard. It's actually sending raw audio data, not regular data from the drive. There are work arounds (Digital Audio Extraction or DAE is the term) such as the plugin for xmms to do just that. I've heard that the 2.6 kernel also has a working DAE, but have yet to try it or see it.

Being able to play DVD's and hearing onboard sounds is completely seperate. DVD audio, IIRC is a form of mpeg audio, similar to mp3's. This data is actual data sent, not sound, and then decoded on the system, the drive just sends the data (1's and 0's). Same is to be said about onboard sound.

The best solution I can think of for you is to take the 30 seconds to RIP a cd to the HD (in mp3 format if space is limited) and play it, then just delete the files afterwards. It's a sad workaround, but should work nonetheless.

Old 01-17-2005, 11:32 PM   #3
Registered: Mar 2003
Location: Everett
Distribution: Slackware
Posts: 805

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 35
Thanks MasterC, I'll just rip the cd's to my laptop and keep them there(I own the cd's i'm going to rip).

Last edited by quietguy47; 01-17-2005 at 11:34 PM.


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Kaffeine and playing cd's (can it look for cd's on both drives at the same time?) RoaCh Of DisCor Linux - Software 3 03-16-2006 01:38 AM
playing cd's.. RoaCh Of DisCor Slackware 2 09-20-2004 08:32 PM
playing CD's yodaj007 Linux - Software 11 11-14-2003 04:55 PM
Playing audio cd's TheOneAndOnlySM Slackware 3 10-10-2003 06:02 PM
Trouble playing commercial audio cd's. MP3 cd's ok. barryww1956 Linux - General 7 12-17-2001 08:42 PM > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - General

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:04 AM.

Main Menu
Write for LQ is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration