Soundcard for Myth TV
Paul G. Allen
pgallen at randomlogic.com
Tue Nov 15 08:34:00 PST 2005
Ralph Shumaker wrote:
> DJA wrote:
>> Lan Barnes wrote:
>>> On Mon, Oct 03, 2005 at 11:28:18AM -0700, Gus Wirth wrote:
>>> BTW, FC4 saw the on board chip but didn't play the test sound. And I
>>> haven't even confirmed that the speakers work (when am I going to start
>>> labeling the transformer plugs?).
>> It probably did play the sound. You didn't hear it because the sound
>> level was turned off.
>> Run Kmix or something similar to get to all the various settings for
>> your sound card. Specifically, turn up Master Volume and Some of the
>> PCM levels - you'll have to experiment with those. Desktop sounds are
>> controlled by PCM settings. Make sure you have the correct sound
>> driver setting in KDE (dunno about Gnome). I select Alsa explicitly
>> rather than "Autodetect".
>> For some reason, sound levels of most devices are turned down or off
>> in Fedora Core; I don't know about other distros.
> Yes, that irks me. Every time I log in and go into the gui Volume
> Control, all the sound levels have been returned to their default
> levels. How can I get the levels to *stick*?
> (At least it doesn't set the mute settings back on. I couldn't get the
> sound to work until I discovered that every setting was muted.)
Not only Fedora, but Red Hat 9, RHEL WS, RHEL ES as well. I've used "Save Session" in both
Gnome and KDE. In Gnome, the sound settings never stick. In KDE it seems to be a coin
toss. Having an Audigy 2, there are a million settings to check at every startup. I keep
the volume controls (KMix) open on my desktop because of the problem. Having it there in
my face reminds me to check the settings before I start that full screen application with
the 5 min load time only to find the volume turned off.
How can something so simple be so difficult for the developers to make right?
This is right up there with numerous applications (especially games) that say they are
installing menu startup items, and never do (even when installed as root).
Paul G. Allen
Owner, Sr. Engineer, BSIT/SE
Random Logic Consulting Services
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