right well, i have a celery 700, 128MB RAM, with C-Media PCI sound card, running red hat 8. section follows:
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00:0c.0 Multimedia audio controller: C-Media Electronics Inc CM8738 (rev 10)
Subsystem: C-Media Electronics Inc CMI8738/C3DX PCI Audio Device
Flags: bus master, medium devsel, latency 64, IRQ 11
I/O ports at e800 [size=256]
Capabilities: [c0] Power Management version 2
now this card is a bit funny.
here are the symptoms i have noticed so far:
when using GAIM, i have the choice of four methods of sound notification, they are: Console Beep, ESD, Internal & Command. Now i think only the first two are really sounds, the final one obviously means to run a command instead. Anyway, using ESD does NOT work. using Console Beep however does.
when using XMMS to play mp3s/oggs, sound works using the aRts driver but NOT with the eSound or OSS drivers.
when trying to play a CD - nothing. this happens with kscd and with cdp. It also happens when i try to play the CD with XMMS/aRts plugin, the setup that works for mp3s/oggs. the CD Players show the trackbar moving through the song but the VU meter does not show any 'sound' showing up at al (however the first thing i learnt about those meters in college is that VU stands for 'virtually useless').
Finally, when running sndconfig, all is well until i get to the 'play test sound' stage, whereupon sndconfig's nice blue screens dissapear and leave me hanging one line below a prompt like this:
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and i have to ctrl-C out of it, test sound unplayed. one time i remember doing this four or five times, and the test sounds mysteriously played when i shut down the computer. Regrettably i did not note which services et c were being shut down at the time this happened.
Now can anybody help me in basically getting it all to work. games all playing sound, GAIM playing sound, CDs playing, mp3s playing, if possible i'd like to listen to CDs/mp3s or whatever and have GAIM be able to interrupt me to let me know somebody has messaged me.
Thanks in advance and so on. i did find this:
which is a guy with a similar but *not* identical problem, however no solutions to that guy's problem seem to come up. i would search more (and probably will) but you know i have been a bit under the weather recently and can't keep my stamina up for long.
one more thing, it turns out that i can stick a music CD in the computer, use grip to encode it into ogg files, and then play it no problem with XMMS, even though i cannot play the CD straight off in the first place.
one final thing i noticed, when running konsole, i can hear the terminal bell just fine even if xmms is playing something at the same time, and this terminal bell is not a 'console beep' like gaim uses (the one gaim uses does not come from the speakers and in fact was audible from this machine in some way before i even attached the sound card or speakers i am sure).