I am unable to capture sound from the sound card. I used to be able to do this with ease in SuSE 10.0 and 11.2. Now I have 11.4 and not only do I NOT have access to the sound card’s channels (for base, treble, turning the mic on/off, and line in, Analog Capture Boost, etc) but now I can’t seem to get at the settings for capturing sound coming from the sound card.
I have tried using the Alsa mixer by way of the terminal and went to the Capture section and turned all of the settings all the way up. I didn’t see any settings for Capture Boost as was available with 11.2’s Alsa mixer GUI.
Isn’t there ANY GUI sound mixer available that will give me access to all the channels I require? I not only record sound from my sound card, but I also use my mic at times for Skype and I like to be able to turn it off when not in use, rather than unplugging it all the time. I used to be able to do this with 11.2 and 10.0 and I really liked it that way. BTW, the plug for the mic is in the back of the computer and it’s not convenient to have to plug/unplug it from there each time.
For some apps, it’s just a good thing to have all the sound settings done and in place before starting up the app. This I cannot do right now because of the changes to KMix and the Alsa GUI. I really really don’t like this at all.
> Isn’t there ANY GUI sound mixer available that will give me access to
> all the channels I require? I not only record sound from my sound card,
> but I also use my mic at times for Skype and I like to be able to turn
> it off when not in use, rather than unplugging it all the time. I used
> to be able to do this with 11.2 and 10.0 and I really liked it that way.
> BTW, the plug for the mic is in the back of the computer and it’s not
> convenient to have to plug/unplug it from there each time.
> For some apps, it’s just a good thing to have all the sound settings
> done and in place before starting up the app. This I cannot do right
> now because of the changes to KMix and the Alsa GUI. I really really
> don’t like this at all.
try deinstalling pulseaudio, restart and you should be able to select the
channles in KMix.
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I am able to record sound in 11.4 with pulse audio enabled. If one’s pc is reasonably new, one has more flexibility AND control with pulse (although for some hardware there are still bugs).
I find it easier to configure pulse audio if I install the volume control application for pulse audio which is called “pavucontrol”. It comes with 11.4 but it is not installed by default with 11.4. Then when trying to record sound with 11.4, also launch the application ‘pavucontrol’ from a terminal, and use that application to tune (there is a record tab and an input tab). Once one has the mic selected and tuned, one does not need to launch ‘pavucontrol’ again (unless one wishes to change the configuration).
Also, when recording, use a simple application such as ‘arecord’ :
arecord -vv -f cd test.wav
If you wish us to check your mixer settings then can you run (when your PC is connected to the internet) the diagnostic script:
and that will post the information on to an area of the alsa web site and give you its location (via a website URL/address). Please post the location here so we can check the settings.
I finally was able to record something but it is so very very faint! I can’t even turn up the capture volume, (it said, “cannot control volume, use system mixer instead”) nor the playback volume. I was using Audacity, which I have been using for years. (I like having a GUI to control recording rather than a terminal.) The volume from there had been turned all the way up. I checked in Alsa Mixer (using alsamixer -c 0) and turned up everything I could find regarding recording and playback but that did not help.
In pavucontrol, the record tab was still grayed out while recording was in progress.
At the risk of telling you to close the barn door, after the horse is gone, ALWAYS before messing with your mixer, do a screen shot of the settings. All settings. its quick to do. Its easy to do. and you can then always go back to the previous settings.
You are now going to have to logically and carefully go about this (take notes as appropriate to track what you did and did not do) to restore your settings back properly.
Now when I run alsamixer -c 0
invalid card index: 0
Now in the kmix setting, it says “Dummy output”
When I looked in YaST, the card is still listed (It had been listed twice so I deleted the 2nd one – I deleted the 2nd listing one AFTER the sound problem occured)
For a while there, Alsa Mixer had my channels listed twice. When my sound worked, they were listed only once.
In Pulse Audio Volume control, now there’s nothing in the configuration tab, it is grayed out. Same thing with input devices.
Something weird has happened.
P.S. when I do hwinfo --sound, I get nothing - no info at all.