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Old 10-04-2006, 12:48 AM   #1
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Linux Sound Card Driver Inferior to Windows Driver?

I'm having an issue with my sound card. I like to talk to my friends on Skype via voice and things while I'm playing games and stuff, but I've noticed something. Even on a different PC with a different distro of Linux, I ran into this issue. Linux sound drivers seem to be capable of fewer channels or something. Like in Windows, I can talk to a friend via voice on Skype and play WoW or Half Life or something with no issues, but in Linux, if I try to do this, the sound is disabled in the game I try playing. I can't play music in the background while I'm playing WoW or anything. I can only have one application accessing my sound card at one time. Is there a way I can change this so I can possibly talk to someone on Skype and play WoW at the same time? This limitation makes trying to use TeamSpeak or Ventrilo in Linux pointless.
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Woks fine for me using only ALSA and its DMIX plugin(for the multi sound streams):
Old 10-04-2006, 10:01 AM   #3
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I have actually found the exact opposite. My Asus mobo has a built in VIA sound driver and I find it works better in Linux with Alsa than it does in Windows.

More channels, and I can have multiple players running at once, and all of them will output. This leads to a real cacaphony, of course, but it DOES work. Windows specifically does NOT do this.

You might try playing with the sound driver that you are using. I have found the later versions of Alsa to be simply outstanding.


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