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turls 01-06-2004 04:18 AM

CD's play no sound- other sounds are fine

I have a wierd problem with my soundcard. I cannot get any sound out of any cd's. If I convert them to .wav files they are fine.

I am using a turtle beech santa cruz sound card (cs46xx) and have tried it with the generic driver that comes with red hat and using alsasound with no joy.

Tried the mixer settings etc with no joy-tried different cd players -no joy.

Any help would be appreciated?

Regards Ian

carlywarly 01-06-2004 05:11 AM

You need an audio cable from the back of your CDROM to your soundcard. Unless you do that, you won't be able to have audio CDs playing.

turls 01-06-2004 05:16 AM

Please explain, as if I play a dvd on the same cdrom it works fine. This is an internal cdrom


carlywarly 01-06-2004 08:55 AM

Indeed it should. All Linux distros need an audio feed from your CDROM in order to play audio Cds. If the cable isn't there, no audio CD sound. Absolutely every other sound will play perfectly, except CD audio.

frieza 01-06-2004 09:46 AM

that's right, when playing dvds or vcds, the audio stream are being handled by the processor and then output to the soundcard through the data bus, but when playig audio cds, the cdrom acts as nothing but an overglorified cdplayer, the only thing your computer's processesor does is send it control signals to switch tracks, start playing, stop playing, etc , if you look at the back of the cdrom you should see a plug that says audio output, even perhaps a digital audio out, at least one of these should be attached to the sound card via an internal audio cable.

vasudevadas 01-06-2004 11:13 AM

If you get the cd player plugin for xmms to work, you shouldn't need the cable as that ought to play through the pcm channel.

turls 01-06-2004 11:21 AM

Three points:

1 What is the exact file for "cd player plugin for xmms"

2 How come the cd player works fine unders windows boot.

3. Where do I get a cable and isn't this part of the bus cable?


PS Works fine on the laptop!!

carlywarly 01-06-2004 11:52 AM

1 - no idea

2 - Windows extracts audio via the ide cable

3 - most CD drives come with an audio cable, and no it isn't part of the bus cable.

vasudevadas 01-06-2004 12:17 PM


Originally posted by turls
What is the exact file for "cd player plugin for xmms"

turls 01-06-2004 01:25 PM

Already install and xmms does not play cd'd either:confused:

vasudevadas 01-06-2004 01:45 PM

Hmmm. Now that I try it, I find I can't get it to work either. But, look at section on the following link, and maybe you'll have better luck than me:

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