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Question on external audio

Postby Gregorius on Mon May 04, 2009 7:16 am

Good afternoon, my first post here (*yay*)
Yesterday I switched from Windows XP (Home) to Linux Mint (Elyssa).
The built-in audio speakers on my laptop work exactly as they should.
However, when I want to plug in any external audio output devices (headphones, amplifiers, etc.) I don't hear anything.
What might be the problem?

Thanks in advance.
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Re: Question on external audio

Postby revdjenk on Mon May 04, 2009 8:54 am

Gregorius

Welcome to Mint!

Yes, you have discovered one of the last few areas in which Linux is still not 'getting it,' audio!

However, on your taskbar there may be a speaker symbol, double click on it to reveal the alsamixer.
When that window opens, you may have tabbed areas, (at least playback) available.
In the playback tab, look for a headphone listing. (I you don't have a headphone channel listed...click on Preferences in the alsamixer window, and click on the headphone checkbox to make it available in the alsamixer.)
In the headphone channel Are the sliders up? Is there a red x (indicating mute is on) over the speaker icon at the bottom of the headphone column? (just click once to un-mute)

Hope this helps.
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Re: Question on external audio

Postby Gregorius on Mon May 04, 2009 9:16 am

Doug,

Thank you for your time.
I ran into another problem: The preferences menu doesn't list headphones either.
Do you know what may be the source of this problem?

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Re: Question on external audio

Postby revdjenk on Mon May 04, 2009 5:43 pm

Gregorius,

Could it be that you were looking in the preferences menu in the Main menu?

I'm sorry, I should have been more exact...in alsamixer, there should be a preference buttion next to the close button in the bottom right.

Does this help?

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Re: Question on external audio

Postby Gregorius on Tue May 05, 2009 8:05 am

Doug,

Still nothing from the headphones.
I wonder if it recognizes the output port at all.
Do I need a different driver for this?

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Re: Question on external audio

Postby revdjenk on Tue May 05, 2009 11:48 am

Gregorius,

Have you tried after a re-boot?

You might also try searching the forum and google, there may be a conflict with your system setup/hardware between the speakers and headphone port?

On a wild guess, using the preferences on the alsamixer, enable your switches > analog loopback...

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