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Old 04-16-2002, 12:53 AM   #1
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Location: Fairbanks, Alaska
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Sound is working, but not very good???

I am running Mandy 8.2 on two separate machines, both of which have Sound Blaster Live cards. Same problem with both machines...the sound works but it is not very loud. I have read in some of the other threads that sometimes in Mandy the sound is muted or the volume control is turned all the way down. I've checked all that and it is ok. I still have to turn the volume knobs (on the speakers) way up in order to get anything out of them. It is almost like something is not providing them enough power. When I boot into Window$, I have to remember to turn the sound back down or it will shatter your teeth. If I put a music CD in, I can cure cancer with the amount of sound I can generate in Window$......not so in Linux though. Any ideas why this sound is not getting through?

Thanks in advance,
Old 04-16-2002, 05:45 AM   #2
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Since no-one has a serious answer for your question, I'll post a nonsense one.

(Mainly because I can't help you, so you might as well have something to laugh at.)

Perhaps Tux doesn't like your taste in music?

There it is. Sorry about the low-quality humor, but I had to let that out before I exploded.

Actually, does your card have both a line level output and a speaker output? It may be that windows is by default using one, and Linux is using the other. If so, try changing your speaker connection to the other one.

The fact that you can get something out of Linux would be due to the fact that both output circuits probably run very close to each other at some point, and probably are generated in the same IC. A PCB has to be designed *very* carefully to completely avoid inductive and capacitive coupling between the various parts of its circuitry.

Have Fun!
Old 04-16-2002, 02:56 PM   #3
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if you're in kde, then you might need to play around with the kmixer - it's volume is usually set very low or off by default after install - we still don't know why...
Old 04-18-2002, 11:28 PM   #4
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Thanks isajera

Hey thanks, that did the trick. Sorry it took so long to respond to this. I always like to thank you guys when you help me with a problem instead of letting the thread just drop. I've been fighting some Window$ problems here and I just got back to a real operating system (Linux) tonight. Tried your suggestion and it worked.

Thanks a lot,


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