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Old 07-10-2003, 08:35 AM   #1
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Sound quality is teh suxor

Yea heres the break down.

I'm on mandrake 9.1 using GNOME desktop
trying to play .mp3 music files, and .avi movie files
I use Xmms to do those things
Sound quality is totally unacceptable.
Music and movie's sound fine and clear, non distorted on windows

Anyone know the problem? I tried messing with the equalization settings and not much seems to improve.

My soundcard is attached to my mother board, i dont know the brand or make for it =\ It is soundblaster compatible if that matters at all.
Old 07-10-2003, 12:50 PM   #2
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Sucks, sound quality unacceptable... these are all arbitrary, it's hard for us to troubleshoot things like that. But it's possible that you're using a wrong driver for your soundcard. Post up the following:
As root, open up a terminal and type:
And post up what you get, then type:
lspci -v
And post that up. To copy and paste from a terminal all you have to do is highlight the text, and then using your middle button on your mouse, place the cursor in this reply box and click the middle button. Highlight and paste. If you don't have a middle button (scroll is a middle button), use both mouse buttons at the same time.

Also, you are using a music player to watch movies, not the greatest idea. You might consider using something like mplayer. However, be aware it's a daunting task for a newbie, take your time and don't get frustrated. There are hundreds of threads on it here that'll help you figure out how to get it installed. The search button is located in the upper right hand corner of the screen.

Old 11-22-2003, 04:39 PM   #3
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crap sound

I have the same problem. I did however increase the quality by going to the control center and changing sound quality from autodetect to 16 bits(high) and also change the sound buffer all the way to the left 8milliseconds. Hope this helps. I still have the crappy sound when a lot of instruments come together at high volumes. Only on mp3's in xmms so it's not the sound cards drivers ro anything like that. Something in xmms only.


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