I’m a little new to this Linux stuff and so am having a hard time comprehending everything needed. I see mention of things like ALSA, PulseAudio, Phonon, Jack, and backends of GStreamer and Xine. I don’t know which is good, best, or necessary. I even downloaded a bunch of good, bad, and ugly things. I don’t know jack about it, but have also downloaded some things called Jack, which haven’t helped much, if any.
I do sort of have sound working some of the time. It does appear I have the issue with one sound stopping any other sounds, but the updated Amarok seems to reset the problem so if I cause a error sound while playing a file, all I have to do is stop the player and the press play. I also see system notifications to the effect of can’t play sound on analog/digital falling back to digital/analog (Don’t remember exactly the message). I can play MP3 files.
My two current questions are, how do I get sound from the Line-In and how do I enable sound from .MID files? I’m using 11.2 but in 11.1, I had something in KMix called Smart5.1. I installed 11.3 fresh on a spare drive and it has it too, but not 11.2 after upgrading from 11.1. If you click the smart5.1 in the right order with Line-In, it works. If it’s turned on, then turning Line-In On, then Off will enable the line-in sound to work. Unfortunately, no other sounds work on the 11.3 install. If I plug headphones in the front and turn OFF Independent HP on KMix, I hear line-in sound in the headphones but nothing from front, side, rear, center jacks in the back. I believe if I could get a Smart5.1 channel displayed, it would work. If I record line-in sound, which I can’t hear, into audacity, it records it and then I can play it back. Is there something better than KMix. It has a bunch of weird things that seem to have no effect (LFE, IEC958, IEC958 Default PCM) and some of the channels seem to work in an unusual way.
I have used a terminal session and used something (I forget - timidity?) to hear .mid files, but when using KMid, it acts like it’s playing a mid file with things blinking, moving, and piano keys pressing, but no sound. This makes me think I have the right “codecs” but might be an issue with other problems.
I really don’t understand my system. The information I get talks about ATI when my Asus M4A785TD-V EVO motherboard manual says I have an integrated VIA VT1708S High Definition Audio. It does have an integrated ATI video card. Does that have something to do with it?
If I have followed the steps correctly here is my information. I’d appreciate any help in solving this. Thanks.
openSUSE 11.2 (x86_64)
VERSION = 11.2
Advanced Linux Sound Architecture Driver Version 1.0.20.
0 [SB ]: HDA-Intel - HDA ATI SB
HDA ATI SB at 0xfe7f4000 irq 16
1 [HDMI ]: HDA-Intel - HDA ATI HDMI
HDA ATI HDMI at 0xfe9e8000 irq 19
(What’s SB and HDMI? Why two? What is the codec - since there’s no “with”?)
rpm -qa ‘alsa’
rpm -qa ‘pulse’
rpm -q libasound2
Linux Xxxxx 188.8.131.52-0.1-desktop #1 SMP PREEMPT 2009-10-26 15:49:03 +0100 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux
cat: /etc/modprobe.d/sound: No such file or directory
options snd slots=snd-hda-intel,snd-hda-intel
alias snd-card-0 snd-hda-intel
alias snd-card-1 snd-hda-intel