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Old 07-26-2004, 12:22 PM   #1
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nForce 2 Sound Card


I got a heck of a situation here with my nforce2 PC. After struggling again my TV Card conflicts with the sound card, I took it off and then I got the sound working, but now, each time I turn on the PC and go to Slackware 10.0, the sound on the mixer is all the way down and I, everytime, have to raise it... anybody knows what is happening?

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Old 07-26-2004, 02:44 PM   #2
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Try typing 'alsactl store' after adjusting the levels to preserve your settings through reboots.
 
Old 07-26-2004, 05:09 PM   #3
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it worked, thx
 
Old 07-28-2004, 07:31 AM   #4
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Well just to not create another thread I'll post this question here:

In Windows you can play simultaneous sounds, you can for example be hearing music and when you receive a message on MSN Messenger you hear the sound at the same time you're hearing music but in Linux, using aMSN and Kaboodle that doesn't happen. If I'm hearing music and some of my friends message me, I don't hear the sound of incoming message but when the music stops I hear the sounds I should've heard earlier. It's like the sounds get queued and when the sound board gets "free" it starts playing the sounds. My question is: is there any way of having simultaneous sounds on linux?
 
Old 07-28-2004, 04:11 PM   #5
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There are several ways of playing multiple audio streams through a soundcard at the same time. You can use the not-so-good-but-it-works solution: Use a sound server. Most distributions include at least one. When you use a sound server you tell the applications that play sounds to use the sound server instead of the actual sound card. The sound server captures the streams and mixes the streams into a single stream that can be fed to the soundcard (actually the sound driver), so it is essentially a software mixer. KDE comes with aRTs, Enlightenment and Gnome use esound and there are others as well.

If you have a decent sound card that is well supported by the Alsa framework chances are you can use hardware mixing. This is a lot better - latency is greatly decreased and so on. Soundblaster Live and Audigy sound cards as well as several cards supported by the snd-intel8x0 driver support this and - guess what - the nForce2 audio chipset is one of those. Read up on the comments and tips-n-tricks at the bottom of the driver page at the Alsa website.


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Old 07-28-2004, 06:04 PM   #6
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There are several ways of playing multiple audio streams through a soundcard at the same time. You can use the not-so-good-but-it-works solution: Use a sound server. Most distributions include at least one. When you use a sound server you tell the applications that play sounds to use the sound server instead of the actual sound card. The sound server captures the streams and mixes the streams into a single stream that can be fed to the soundcard (actually the sound driver), so it is essentially a software mixer. KDE comes with aRTs, Enlightenment and Gnome use esound and there are others as well.

If you have a decent sound card that is well supported by the Alsa framework chances are you can use hardware mixing. This is a lot better - latency is greatly decreased and so on. Soundblaster Live and Audigy sound cards as well as several cards supported by the snd-intel8x0 driver support this and - guess what - the nForce2 audio chipset is one of those. Read up on the comments and tips-n-tricks at the bottom of the driver page at the Alsa website.


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