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[linux] USB Sound Card

John R. Ackermann N8UR jra at febo.com
Fri Sep 17 15:56:34 UTC 2004


I didn't have that problem on my laptop, but did need to muck about with 
mixer settings and disabling the other devices to get it to work on my 
desktop machine, which had two other soundcards (motherboard and Santa 
Cruz).

73,

John
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dubose at texas.net wrote:
> John,
> 
> This from Gerald's GAQ pages...
> 
> Earlier today, I discovered that to make my Creative MP3+ usb sound module (and 
> probably my Extigy also) work on my laptop, I needed the second argument of the 
> statement in modMixer 
> 
> rc = mixerOpen(hmixer, 0, 0, 0, 0) 
> 
> to be changed to 
> 
> rc = mixerOpen(hmixer, 1, 0, 0, 0) 
> 
> thus opening the second device mixer since I have two sound devices in my 
> system. In addition, if your sound card is not defined as the default device, 
> the audio portions will not work either. We are looking at a way to automate 
> this selection. This was all under windows 2000 so may be handled differently 
> under other flavors of the os 
> 
> I have since added another selection on the general tab of the options form to 
> allow entry of the Mixer ID from 0 to 6 similarly to the Line In and Mic In 
> Record ID selections. The statement from above now reads 
> 
> rc = mixerOpen(hmixer, mixer_id, 0, 0, 0) 
> 
> where mixer_id is set from the new added control. 
> 
> Richard, W5SXD
> 
> 
>>Hi Walt --
>>
>>USB sound cards work well under Windows -- I've been using a Creative 
>>Labs "MP3" (what a unique name...) card with my Flex-Radio SDR-1000 with 
>>good luck.  In fact, a USB card has some advantages over a bus card in 
>>that it's external to the machine and can pick up less noise.
>>
>>The MP3 is cheap -- around $60 IIRC.  Creative also has a higher-end 
>>(and physically much larger) USB device called, I think, the Audigy.  It 
>>has 24 bit DAC/ADC and is in the ~$150 price range.
>>
>>I haven't tried using the MP3 under Linux, but I remember Bob McGuire 
>>saying that he hadn't found any USB card that truly worked "right" under 
>>Linux.  But I'm not sure how rigorous his definition of "right" might be...
>>
>>73,
>>John
>>
>>
>>dubose at texas.net wrote:
>>
>>>Three questions on USB Sound Cards...
>>>
>>>1) Has any one used a USB Sound Card on Linux?
>>>
>>>2) Has anyone use a USB Sound Card on MS 8.2 or Suse 9.1?
>>>
>>>3) Are any USB Sound Cards equal to a SB Live or does the SB Live come as a 
> 
> USB 
> 
>>>Sound Card?
>>>
>>>Walt
>>>
>>>
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