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Old 01-16-2004, 07:31 PM   #1
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running Mandrake 9.2, i do have sound in x-chat, cd playing no sound.

I just installed Mandrake 9.2.
In x-chat I've got sound but when I'm trying to play a cd with KsCD and Xmms 1.2.8 no sound comes out. And in Gaim no sound also.
I have Sound Blaster Live and an integrated sound card.

How can i fix this problem? thnx in advance
Old 01-16-2004, 07:43 PM   #2
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you are prob missing a very small/thin audio cable from your cdrom to your soundcard, or to a connector on your motherboard... this is required (under windows, linux, anything) to play audio cds in a digital cdrom.
Old 01-16-2004, 07:45 PM   #3
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here is a picture of one... or google "cd audio cable" for an explanation

good luck - hope this helps...
Old 01-17-2004, 10:08 AM   #4
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i tried to play an mp3 with i forget what program in kde, but no sound came out
i also have a soundblaster live sound card

i never saw anything about a sound card when i was installing linux
Old 01-17-2004, 08:06 PM   #5
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ok some1 helped me to find the problem maybe it will help some of u so here it goes:

You should first understand there are two 'layers'...
the sound server (ALSA or OSS) and the way to connect to the server...(either directly /dev/dsp or using a synthesizer = aRts)

I presume you are running KDE...
Open the KDE Control Center (that thing with quite some config options)
Ther you should search for 'Sound Server' (or something...I can't tell you the exact names coz I don't have my pc in here...)

then there you should be able to configure aRts..
- if your arts sound server is running:
open xmms and open the config box...there you should be able to choose your output the aRts output plugin.

- if it isn't running, start it....usually it's the simplest way for beginners to use linux sount. also check xmms output plugin

If your system is using ALSA sound,
you should download the xmms-alsa plugin on the website. and select that plugin as output plugin.

(if your system uses OSS sound the most probably is that alsa will be started by default)

Now to tell you how sound works:
the application tries to open the 'file'/'device' /dev/dsp
if it's already used by another application, you won't be able to open it again...that's why aRts is quite nice...aRts gives you the ablility to manage the different soundstreams and redirect it to the real sound output...

for more info:
ALSA (Advanced Linux Sound Architecture): (i think)
OSS (Open Sound System) : euh, dunno the location by it
aRts (Analog Real-Time Synthesizer) :
Old 01-24-2004, 04:49 PM   #6
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I got the same problem, PCM channel works fine - system sounds, mp3s etc but no sound from cdrom (DVDs + CDs). T3 is right there. Win can use IDE for transmitting sound but Linux needs the little piece of wire from cdrom to sound card or motherboard.



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