Can't record + misc sound problems
From: Mike Oliver (mike_spambin_at_verizon.net)
Date: Sat, 06 Dec 2003 14:35:42 -0600
OK, I've looked in groups.google.com, TDLP, man pages, and I'm just getting
nowhere, so I'll just ask these completely unfocused questions and hope
someone has a clue to lend me.
So I'm running Linux Mandrake 9.2 on a box with a VT8233 built-in soundcard,
[AC97 Audio Controller]. I use KDE as my desktop, which means aRts, which
I don't know a damn thing about and am having a tough time finding out.
Anyway, two major categories of problem:
1) I can't get anything to record. I know the mike works, and that
the soundcard works with the mike, because I can record in Windows.
All the mixers show the microphone is at full volume, and aumix
has the red dot by it.
gnome-sound-record just freezes as soon as I press the record button;
I have to kill it (no more response to mouse clicks anywhere).
qaRecord always produces a file of 8192 bytes no matter how long
I leave it on, and I can't get it to play.
Copying from /dev/audio produces no bytes at all.
2) Sometimes the sound just changes to loud static. This happens
frequently with xmms, rarely with realplay. Yes, I'm using xmms-arts
and have it configured to use aRts as the output device. I usually
get the static mixed in with the KDE startup sound.
One possibly useful piece of information (or possible red herring):
At startup it finds snd-card-0, but then it looks for snd-card-1
through snd-card-7 and doesn't find any of them. I know that
AC97 is supposed to have 5.1 6-channel sound, whatever that may be,
so I'm wondering if this has anything to do with the missing snd-card-*
Thanks for any help!
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