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sound problem in linux
    #2887651 - 07/13/04 11:25 PM (12 years, 4 months ago)

when i play audio files (or even a CD) on my linux machine (using either XMMS or any other multimedia program) they play, but the sound is a little distorted. it doesn't come out crisp and clean. what could be the problem?


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Re: sound problem in linux [Re: ]
    #2887667 - 07/13/04 11:32 PM (12 years, 4 months ago)

Is your sound mixer turned all the way up? That'll cause distortion no matter how low your speakers are.

Can you be any more specific?


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Re: sound problem in linux [Re: monoamine]
    #2887684 - 07/13/04 11:43 PM (12 years, 4 months ago)

sound mixer?

i don't really know how to be more specific. there is distortion when i play music. i guess the louder it is, the worse the distortion... but it's not the hardware; it's the software or settings. i didn't have this problem when i was running windows apps on windows.

also... the sound is pretty low. it used to be that i couldn't turn it all the way up or it'd be far too loud. now i turn it all the way up and it's pretty good.

is there some kind of master volume somewhere?


Edited by Anonymous (07/13/04 11:55 PM)


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Re: sound problem in linux [Re: ]
    #2887717 - 07/13/04 11:57 PM (12 years, 4 months ago)

make sure you are using alsa not oss


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Re: sound problem in linux [Re: AhronZombi]
    #2888766 - 07/14/04 09:04 AM (12 years, 4 months ago)

it doesn't work at all if i switch it to ALSA. OSS is the only one provided with my distro that works at all, and then only poorly.


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Re: sound problem in linux [Re: ]
    #2888812 - 07/14/04 09:44 AM (12 years, 4 months ago)

mushmaster,

This is going to be a lot like identifying a wild mushroom. I will need more info :wink:

Which distro are you running, and which Window manager?

The other info I would need, you can cut and paste it in a message and ill be able to help.

at the command prompt type

cat /dev/sndstat
(This may not work some drivers do not fill in the info)

at the command prompt type

lspci -v

find your sound card and find the IRQ, make sure that IRQ is not in use some where else or paste the output here.

at the command prompt type

lsmod | grep soundcore

at the command prompt type

aumix -q

NOTE: This command may not be there but it is worth a try.

With this information Ill be able to help you find out what the problem is.


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Re: sound problem in linux [Re: Cyber]
    #2889005 - 07/14/04 11:39 AM (12 years, 4 months ago)

thanks for the help. i was able to fix the problem while playing around with the volume and pcm (wtf is that?) settings in the mixer.

now i've found a new problem. my floppy doesn't seem to work. it won't format discs or write to them.


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Re: sound problem in linux [Re: ]
    #2889030 - 07/14/04 11:52 AM (12 years, 4 months ago)

Quote:

mushmaster said:
thanks for the help. i was able to fix the problem while playing around with the volume and pcm (wtf is that?) settings in the mixer.

now i've found a new problem. my floppy doesn't seem to work. it won't format discs or write to them.




First those actions will need to be done as root on the system or you will need to change permisions on the dev device.

from the root prompt try typeing

mkdosfs /dev/fd0

This will dos format the floppy.

Oh and if you use su to get to root you will need to do a "su -" to load root's file locations.

To read and write the floppy you will need to mount it

mount /dev/fd0 /mnt/floppy

works on most.


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Re: sound problem in linux [Re: ]
    #2890384 - 07/14/04 05:23 PM (12 years, 4 months ago)

Do a low level format with "fdformat /dev/fd0" then "mkdosfs /dev/fd0".


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Re: sound problem in linux [Re: monoamine]
    #2891276 - 07/14/04 10:07 PM (12 years, 4 months ago)

disc formatting works fine from the command line but the front end in X won't do it for whatever reason. no big deal.


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Re: sound problem in linux [Re: ]
    #2891398 - 07/14/04 11:24 PM (12 years, 4 months ago)

You won't find GUI frontends for a lot of things. If you absolutely despise the command line,Linux is not for you.

Anyway,you have to low level format before you add a filesysem to the disk. You're GUI frontend might not do that.I'm sure if you looked around,you could find a program that does both (but you'll probably have to install it from the shell).


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Re: sound problem in linux [Re: monoamine]
    #2891442 - 07/14/04 11:52 PM (12 years, 4 months ago)

the command line doesn't bother me at all. i just don't know how to use it very well yet.


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Re: sound problem in linux [Re: ]
    #2891508 - 07/15/04 12:10 AM (12 years, 4 months ago)

Pick up some general Unix books.

How far are you? Do you know standard input and output and pipes and regular expressions and stuff? Do you even know what the hell that means? Will you go out with me?


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