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Old 07-26-2004, 10:45 AM   #1
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Unhappy Sound Mixer (semi) working...


With linux i'm sure this has been posted so many times. I'm just startin the thread over so i dont have to go archive hunting.

I'm using FedoraCore 2 and its using Alsamixer on my crappy nVidia integrated sound chip. I get sound in EVERYTHING, but only one of that everything at a time. I could be playing a game and if i come into an error or a website, it will either not play sound, or discontinue the game's sound and start playing the sound there.

Basicly it will only play sound for one app at a time. How can i make sound work in multiple apps like in windows. I can have many apps e.g. website games and word all makin sounds at once and i'd like it that way.
 
Old 07-26-2004, 11:45 AM   #2
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Re: Sound Mixer (semi) working...

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Originally posted by iXneonXi
With linux i'm sure this has been posted so many times. I'm just startin the thread over so i dont have to go archive hunting.

oh well, reading on your own will help you learn more..........start here!!

http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...der=descending
 
Old 07-26-2004, 11:47 AM   #3
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You quite possibly cant...

I have a RIVA 128 sound card (ES1371) and I can only have one program outputting to the card at one time. It seems with some sound cards you can use something like /dev/dsp and /dev/dsp1 for different outputs. I spent some time trying to figure a way around this and decided it wasnt worth the time... just to play online an online game and listen to net radio at the same time...lol

Just for interest sake, if you have something like a soundblaster which supports multiple outputs, one of the outputs will normally be a record line too, so you will have 2 outs and 1 in from /dev/dsp and /dev/dsp1

Sorry I cannot be more helpful
 
Old 07-26-2004, 11:48 AM   #4
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I have been looking for a solution to this problem desperately for the past three weeks. Good luck.
 
Old 07-26-2004, 06:07 PM   #5
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wow that really makes me happier...... not really i'm just even more depressed since many people say its impossible. and yeah i wanted to use webradio while playin games etc.
 
Old 07-26-2004, 10:39 PM   #6
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Your best bet is to get a SOUND CARD (not onboard sound CHIP) with HARDWARE mixing such as a SB Live!. I tried with my little bro's, it worked perfectly.
 
Old 07-28-2004, 09:41 AM   #7
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I knew that was an alternative too bad it is a $$ alternative and this is back to school month. I probably will get a sound card because nforce audio SUX. than i'll have two sound devices and will be able to do a few neat things.
 
Old 07-29-2004, 12:34 AM   #8
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Get a SB Live, dont get those cheap ones *cough* CMedia *cough*. And using a sound card disables your front audio panels (they have no output pins for that) so you may have to do a little soldering work to keep them working. (if you dont mind having two useless holes on your computer's "face")
 
Old 07-29-2004, 01:01 AM   #9
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I'm using FedoraCore 2 and its using Alsamixer on my crappy nVidia integrated sound chip. I get sound in EVERYTHING, but only one of that everything at a time. I could be playing a game and if i come into an error or a website, it will either not play sound, or discontinue the game's sound and start playing the sound there.
that's what sound servers are for, the catch is that the applications you use has to be coded to support them(Arts, Esd etc).

Last edited by Demonbane; 07-29-2004 at 01:02 AM.
 
Old 07-29-2004, 09:48 AM   #10
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So how do I have XMMS, Totem player, Gaim, Flash player and the system sound events use the sound server instead of directly using the device?
 
Old 07-29-2004, 10:28 AM   #11
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In xmms you can select which output plugin you wanna use in options, if you use Gnome select ESD, if its not there you need to compile the plugin.
For Totem you can set it in the config file, and it'll depend on whether your totem is compiled with xine or gstreamer support, both of which needs to be compiled with esd support. For Gaim you can set the sound method to ESD in preferences. System sound event in Gnome by default uses ESD(they're greyed out if you don't start the sound server anyway). As for flash player I'm not exactly sure, you can try reroute the sound to ESD even if the software has not support by using "esddsp" but it doesn't always work properly.

Like mentioned in the previous posts getting a Sound Blaster Live can solve your headaches.

Last edited by Demonbane; 07-29-2004 at 10:29 AM.
 
Old 07-29-2004, 12:38 PM   #12
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The problem is the purpose of my linux machine does not justify an SB live. I am building the linux machine to inexpensive. I want to get things working with as little spending as possible. If I should get an SB live to solve this problem then I probably should get a M$ windows so that all my hardwares will work properly.
 
Old 07-30-2004, 09:54 AM   #13
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yah i wanna save money and i'm not soldering anything in my computer
 
  


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