Re: trouble with AC'97 sound chip not playing sounds at correct volume and not using bass speaker

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On Sat, Aug 09, 2003 at 01:20:41AM -0400, Jeff MacDonald wrote:
> greetings,
> I have rh9 installed on my workstation, with all known patches
> installed, kernel-2.4.20-19.9.
> the problem I am having is that for some reason when I play an ogg or a
> wav, the sound chip is not using the bass speaker. I can hear the sound
> playing, but it is barely audible.
> I have checked the 'sound configuration' and all of the volume controls
> are turned all the way up, and the speaker volume controls (I have a set
> of Altec Lansing's) are also turned up.
> there is a hum from the speakers.
> I have tried rebooting the machine (/sbin/reboot), but that didn't
> resolve the issue.
> I have tried restarting esd, and same problem.
> I tried using OSS instead of esd for output in xmms, but the problem
> persists, which is why I am thinking it is hardware/driver related and
> not specific to esd. I'd like to continue to use esd if possible.
> I tried reseating the cable, both from the bass and to the sound card,
> and same issue.
> I had this same problem several weeks ago. I don't remember exactly what
> I did to fix it, but I think all that was required was a restart of esd.
> that is the first thing I tried and it didn't resolve the issue this
> time.
> I'd like to know if anyone else has had this problem and how to fix it,
> or if I should just buy a "real" SB instead. 
> I am a little concerned that there aren't any Creative Labs cards
> "certified" for any version of red hat, so I don't want to spend my
> money on something if it is only partially supported.
> regards,
> J
> -- 
> || Jeff MacDonald <jam@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
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Could it be the speakers?  My wife bought a $50 Altec-Lansing 2.1
speaker set from Staples, and less than a month later, the bass
speaker developed hum and no output.  I could wiggle the cable from
the bass to the main, near the main speaker and it came and went.  The
problem was not at the connector end.  I took it back to Staples and
exchanged it for a similar set from Creative.  Same price, more power.
And hopefully it will last longer.

Bob McClure, Jr.             Bobcat Open Systems, Inc.
Write a wise saying and your name will live forever.
                -- Anonymous

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