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Old 09-03-2003, 08:11 AM   #1
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[Sound] sounds bad


I'm playing some mp3's here and they really sound bad. I've got a 4.1 speaker setup, with subwoofer that is. THe bass is minimal, the sound is crumbled, not nice. In my Windows XP installation they sound perfect. I'm using a Soundblaster Live! Player 1024, using the snd-emuk10 driver. (This is the standard driver for this card it says)

Is there anyway to fix this? (I've looked around a little and I can fill in options almost everywhere, but I don't know what to fill in... )
 
Old 09-03-2003, 12:02 PM   #2
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I had the same problem the other day. It sounded as if the audio was being overdriven.

I finally solved the problem by turning down the volume in Aumix. I have everything set at 90 or below and my audio sounds fine.

I'm not sure if it will solve your problem, but I figured it wouldn't hurt to mention it.
 
Old 09-03-2003, 12:07 PM   #3
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Yeah, that helps a bit. Another thing is bothering me now. Sometimes Aumix gives me the option to change te bass and trebble, sometimes not.

Also I've downloaded the equalizer presets from the XMMS website, but I can't install them. Installing goes fine I think, but when I try opening the Presets in XMMS nothing shows up. I also tried adding them by file...
 
Old 09-03-2003, 12:37 PM   #4
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:/ If I turn the sound a little up it still sounds a bit overdriven, like when a speaker is turned to hard (crackling noise etc). It's like the low bass sounds are being send also to the 4 speaker around me, and less to the subwoofer. Maybe a driver problem? Or settings... Please HELP!
 
Old 09-03-2003, 12:40 PM   #5
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I've noticed that too with Aumix, but I haven't found an answer or figured it out yet.

I've never tried to use the equalizer presets. I manually change the equalizer to suit my tastes, but maybe someone who has will come along and be able to answer your question.

HMMMM.....There must be a way to configure the speakers for a 4.1 setup, but I'm still too much of newbie to help with that.

Maybe start a new thread and reword the question, or of course there is always Google.

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Old 09-03-2003, 12:59 PM   #6
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I've googled a little while, and I found some kind of newsgroup where someone was having trouble getting sound out all of his speakers (5.1). He set "start aRTS blabla at startup" to disabled.

RIght now I'm listening to some music not using teh aRTS thingy but the other one you can select in XMMS, OSS driver. It seems to help a little... but not quite..

Maybe when these options can be enabled...

http://members.lycos.nl/cslim/images...iverconfig.jpg

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Old 09-03-2003, 01:22 PM   #7
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I had trouble initially with the OSS driver. The sound only worked intermittently and never sounded that great to me.

I tried a different ALSA driver and have never had a problem since, other than the volume issue I mentioned above. The audio also seems to sound better than it did in windows.

If there are any alternate drivers available for your sound it might be worth a shot to try one of them to see if it helps any.
 
Old 09-03-2003, 01:28 PM   #8
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Doy ou mean these drivers?
http://www.alsa-project.org/

I am downloading them right now, I hope it goes well.
 
Old 09-03-2003, 01:36 PM   #9
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Yep, those are exactly what I was talking about.

Let me know if they make any difference. I'm curious now.
 
Old 09-04-2003, 07:03 AM   #10
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Angry

When I try to install the ALSA driver my console gives these errors:

[root@SulibanLM91 alsa-driver-0.9.6]# make install
rm -rf /lib/modules/2.4.21-0.13mdk/kernel/sound
make[1]: Entering directory `/home/cslim/files/unpacked/alsa-driver-0.9.6/suppor t'
make -C pnp modules_install
make[2]: Entering directory `/home/cslim/files/unpacked/alsa-driver-0.9.6/suppor t/pnp'
mkdir -p /lib/modules/2.4.21-0.13mdk/kernel/sound/support/pnp
cp snd-pnp.o /lib/modules/2.4.21-0.13mdk/kernel/sound/support/pnp
cp: cannot stat `snd-pnp.o': No such file or directory
make[2]: *** [_modinst__] Error 1
make[2]: Leaving directory `/home/cslim/files/unpacked/alsa-driver-0.9.6/support /pnp'
make[1]: *** [_modinst_pnp] Error 2
make[1]: Leaving directory `/home/cslim/files/unpacked/alsa-driver-0.9.6/support '
make: *** [install-modules] Error 1

What am I doing wrong? (I've ran ./configure before doing "make install")




EDIT: I got it, I forgot doing "make" before "make install"... dumb me.
I've got another problem, which DRIVER should I use?! (emu10k1 isn't there )

http://www.alsa-project.org/~valenty...5.html#no-card

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Old 09-04-2003, 11:28 AM   #11
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Based on what you said, you must have an Audigy card, right?

If so, I think there is already a alsa module for that card in MDK 9.1. Of course, I can't be absolutely certain since I'm not sitting in front of my box right now.

Go to the Control Center>Hardware>Sound. Find your sound card int he list and click on it. Click on the button at the lower right that says Config Tool (or something like that).After that I think you should then have a button there that says "Let me pick any driver". Scroll through the list and see if that driver is available. It should look like this: emu10k1. The OSS driver looks like this: snd-emu10k1.

If not, I'm sure a quick google search would turn up someplace where you could download the driver.

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Old 09-04-2003, 12:29 PM   #12
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(If not already) install arts... open the artscontrol pannel By default it is set to max!?!? Lower it to a decent level (I set them so it maxes out before the yellow)...

Your MP3's should be sounding like heaven now.

And if you like tweaking install alsamixergui. lots of options, LOTS!

<edit> Remember to add arts to xmms as the Output plugin you might need to downloadit.:urpmi xmmx-arts</edit>

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Old 09-04-2003, 01:42 PM   #13
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I've got a Soundblaster Live! Player 1024, but works on emu10k1. I've selected it in the Mandake Control Panel, seems to work. I'm listening to some music right now using aRTS, it's ok now. If in the future there is an option to setup the type of speakers you have, it woudl sound even better I think. Ah well, at least the sound isn't overdriven now...
 
Old 09-04-2003, 07:32 PM   #14
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I have never had a good time with sound. I looked around for a couple of months regarding getting 4.1 working well. I always had a problem with such things like only 2 speakers work, or the power to the sub is very poor if 4 speakers are turned on. I eventually found a good way to make it sound good. I am using a soundblaster live! value so it might help you out.
First, if you are using mandrake, change from alsa (snd-emu10k1) to oss (emu10k1). then urpmi the package called emu-tools.
then:
1. locate emu10k1.conf
2. open it with an editor and change the line thats says invert rear=no to yes.
3. then reboot (or run ./emuscript, a file included in the rpm)

if you aren;t using mandrake just grab emu-tools from the creative open source project on sourceforge.

now since the new test kernels have alsa included I believe that i might be forced to eventually use alsa. anyone have a good how-to for setting up alsa with full sound on all speakers, including the sub? people always say to turn up wave surround on alsa mixer to enable 4 speakers but that always seems to take "power" away from the sub.
 
Old 09-05-2003, 12:42 AM   #15
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"...or the power to the sub is very poor if 4 speakers are turned on."

This is EXACTLY my problem...

I've got mandrake, so I figure emu-tools must already be installed?

I found the emu10k1.conf file in /usr/local/etc/, and I edited it. How can I be sure emu10k1 is loaded and not snd-emu10k1? I have the feeling that everytime I select the OSS driver (emu10k1) it goes back to snd-emu10k1 when I reboot...

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