First I would like to say how impressed I am with Linux Mint. I have never seen a Linux so user friendly before. I installed it on 3 computers (2 desktops and 1 laptop) and everything works out of the box. Even Radeon graphics and Intel graphics magically works after first boot. My GeForce card required a driver install, but Mint helped with it - now it is so easy, that even a small child could do it.
I do have one problem with sound however on one of the desktops.
I noticed lots of posts with sound problems, but they didn't help me, so I decided to start a new topic.
This is my situation:
Software: Linux Mint 6 32-bit with all updates (together with Windows XP - dual boot)
Integrated C-Media sound chip - which became damaged long time ago, it gets detected even if I disable it in BIOS. In win xp I had to disable this device
SB Live 5.1 - my second sound card, which I currently use
After installing Mint I had the following symptoms:
Linux itself did not produce sound.
No programs, games, music players, video players produced any sound.
Now the weird thing: Only one application produced sound out of the box: Rhythmbox
I have spent hours trying to configure the sound correctly. In control panel these are the options I can choose:
After trial an error I noticed that only one option produces a Test sound. I hold mouse over this option in the image above.
This is my current configuration:
With this configuration it was possible to hear a bit more sound, but it gets even more weird.
Now I managed to get Audacious to produce sound.
Audacious works only if:
Current Output Plugin: ALSA Output Plugin
Audio Device: hw:1,0
Mixer Card: SB Live 5.1 Dell OEM
So far so good. Maybe MPlayer will also work with the same settings. But no... it does not.
It does however work with other settings:
Audio Driver: OSS
Mixer Channel: vol
Other applictions still do not work and they usually do not have sound configuration as extensive as MPlayer or Audacious, so I don't know what to do with them.
The weirdest thing of all for me is that with this configuration I can run Multiple MPlayers together with Audacious and all play sound correctly. I thought if something is using OSS, then nothing else can use the sound.
I would be very grateful if someone could explain the strange Linux behaviour and maybe post a possible solution if you have one.