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Old 08-14-2004, 07:46 PM   #1
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Sound distortion: KDE with ALSA on Slack10

Whenever a sound plays, there is a strange distortion, as though the sound is skipping several times a second. It seems to be brought out by certain types of sounds, ie distortion... Led Zeppelin is unlistenable, for instance, but the pure tone I use to tune my guitar to sounds fine. Portishead plays pretty well, but Green Day is terrible.

This makes me think it is NOT anything to do with the buffer or hard drive settings... but jic, I tried all the performance-improving stuff suggested by aRTs help, ie DMA, suid root artswrapper, increasing buffer.

Anyone know what the problem might be? I vaguely remember something like this happening when i installed Mandrake back in the day, but I think I fixed it easily from KControl.



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Old 08-14-2004, 08:53 PM   #2
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sinope; check these (4) issues to find out which is the real problem;1st
hardware, 2nd kernel module,3rd permission, 4th configuration. the three
that are not causing gremlins r ok , its got to be the problem the issue points to. go to work! go go go.
Old 08-14-2004, 09:09 PM   #3
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Hmm, okay, sound advice.... but how do I go about this? What is the utility to look at sound hardware? I have an SB Live 5.1 Digital.
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Hey Tink;
Yep you were right! there is a c++ file missing. Not sure what to do but. I have just signed on to the blender site forum to post a questing. Cause someone is having problems running it under OS X too. what do you think? Still open to anything you have to say. And let me say how great this is to have someone like you and this site. This would never be in Bill's Kingdom. (Windows) Once again thanks. looking forward to more info.
Old 08-15-2004, 05:09 PM   #5
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Errr.... are you quite sure you are in the right thread? By the way, I still haven't solved the problem, if anyone has any bright ideas.... I've been thinking it could be a codec problem, only it happens with WMA as well....
Old 08-15-2004, 10:34 PM   #6
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Play one of them that sound bad and play around with the mixer settings and disable arts.


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