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Sounds give mostly static, can hear the sounds faintly below the noise

Asked by raptor7s on 2007-04-30

Using Feisty 7.04 - new and first install last night. Kmix is showing current mixer as SBLive! Value [CT4871].
Sound is not muted, when I send a test sound, I can hear it faintly below the static. Speaker volume (hardware knob) is just barely on, icon mouse over shows volume at 80%. Using Amarok, double click on Amarok 1.4 Welcome, I can hear the message, but barely audible with all of the static. Sound card works fine when booted to XP. No idea what to look for to solve this.

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2007-04-30
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raptor7s (raptor7s) said : #1

tail -2 /proc/asound/oss/sndstat
1: mixer10
2: ESS Solo-1

amixer
Simple mixer control 'Master',0
  Capabilities: pvolume pswitch pswitch-joined
  Playback channels: Front Left - Front Right
  Limits: Playback 0 - 63
  Mono:
  Front Left: Playback 51 [81%] [-18.00dB] [on]
  Front Right: Playback 51 [81%] [-18.00dB] [on]
Simple mixer control 'Headphone',0
  Capabilities: pvolume pswitch pswitch-joined
  Playback channels: Front Left - Front Right
  Limits: Playback 0 - 31
  Mono:
  Front Left: Playback 22 [71%] [-13.50dB] [on]
  Front Right: Playback 22 [71%] [-13.50dB] [on]
Simple mixer control 'Headphone LFE',1
  Capabilities: pswitch pswitch-joined
  Playback channels: Mono
  Mono: Playback [off]
Simple mixer control 'Headphone',1
  Capabilities: pvolume
  Playback channels: Front Left - Front Right
  Limits: Playback 0 - 100
  Mono:
  Front Left: Playback 66 [66%] [-13.60dB]
  Front Right: Playback 66 [66%] [-13.60dB]
Simple mixer control 'Headphone Center',1
  Capabilities: pswitch pswitch-joined
  Playback channels: Mono
  Mono: Playback [off]
Simple mixer control 'Tone',0
  Capabilities: pswitch
  Playback channels: Front Left - Front Right
  Mono:
  Front Left: Playback [off]
  Front Right: Playback [off]
Simple mixer control 'Bass',0
  Capabilities: volume
  Playback channels: Front Left - Front Right
  Capture channels: Front Left - Front Right
  Limits: 0 - 40
  Front Left: 20 [50%]
  Front Right: 20 [50%]
Simple mixer control 'Treble',0
  Capabilities: volume
  Playback channels: Front Left - Front Right
  Capture channels: Front Left - Front Right
  Limits: 0 - 40
  Front Left: 20 [50%]
  Front Right: 20 [50%]
Simple mixer control '3D Control - Center',0
  Capabilities: volume volume-joined
  Playback channels: Mono
  Capture channels: Mono
  Limits: 0 - 15
  Mono: 0 [0%]
Simple mixer control '3D Control - Depth',0
  Capabilities: volume volume-joined
  Playback channels: Mono
  Capture channels: Mono
  Limits: 0 - 15
  Mono: 0 [0%]
Simple mixer control '3D Control - Switch',0
  Capabilities: pswitch pswitch-joined
  Playback channels: Mono
  Mono: Playback [off]
Simple mixer control 'PCM',0
  Capabilities: pvolume pswitch pswitch-joined
  Playback channels: Front Left - Front Right
  Limits: Playback 0 - 31
  Mono:
  Front Left: Playback 25 [81%] [3.00dB] [on]
  Front Right: Playback 25 [81%] [3.00dB] [on]
Simple mixer control 'Front',0
  Capabilities: cvolume cswitch cswitch-joined
  Capture channels: Front Left - Front Right
  Limits: Capture 0 - 100
  Front Left: Capture 80 [80%] [-8.00dB] [off]
  Front Right: Capture 80 [80%] [-8.00dB] [off]
Simple mixer control 'Surround',0
  Capabilities: pvolume cvolume cswitch
  Playback channels: Front Left - Front Right
  Capture channels: Front Left - Front Right
  Limits: Playback 0 - 100 Capture 0 - 100
  Front Left: Playback 100 [100%] [0.00dB] Capture 0 [0%] [-99999.99dB] [off]
  Front Right: Playback 100 [100%] [0.00dB] Capture 0 [0%] [-99999.99dB] [off]
Simple mixer control 'Center',0
  Capabilities: pvolume pvolume-joined
  Playback channels: Mono
  Limits: Playback 0 - 100
  Mono: Playback 100 [100%] [0.00dB]
Simple mixer control 'LFE',0
  Capabilities: pvolume pvolume-joined
  Playback channels: Mono
  Limits: Playback 0 - 100
  Mono: Playback 100 [100%] [0.00dB]
Simple mixer control 'Synth',0
  Capabilities: pvolume cvolume cswitch
  Playback channels: Front Left - Front Right
  Capture channels: Front Left - Front Right
  Limits: Playback 0 - 100 Capture 0 - 100
  Front Left: Playback 80 [80%] [-8.00dB] Capture 80 [80%] [-8.00dB] [off]
  Front Right: Playback 80 [80%] [-8.00dB] Capture 80 [80%] [-8.00dB] [off]
Simple mixer control 'Wave',0
  Capabilities: pvolume cvolume cswitch
  Playback channels: Front Left - Front Right
  Capture channels: Front Left - Front Right
  Limits: Playback 0 - 100 Capture 0 - 100
  Front Left: Playback 80 [80%] [-8.00dB] Capture 80 [80%] [-8.00dB] [off]
  Front Right: Playback 80 [80%] [-8.00dB] Capture 80 [80%] [-8.00dB] [off]
Simple mixer control 'Wave Center',0
  Capabilities: pvolume pvolume-joined
  Playback channels: Mono
  Limits: Playback 0 - 100
  Mono: Playback 0 [0%] [-99999.99dB]
Simple mixer control 'Wave LFE',0
  Capabilities: pvolume pvolume-joined
  Playback channels: Mono
  Limits: Playback 0 - 100
  Mono: Playback 0 [0%] [-99999.99dB]
Simple mixer control 'Wave Surround',0
  Capabilities: pvolume
  Playback channels: Front Left - Front Right
  Limits: Playback 0 - 100
  Mono:
  Front Left: Playback 0 [0%] [-99999.99dB]
  Front Right: Playback 0 [0%] [-99999.99dB]
Simple mixer control 'Line',0
  Capabilities: pvolume pswitch pswitch-joined cswitch cswitch-exclusive
  Capture exclusive group: 0
  Playback channels: Front Left - Front Right
  Capture channels: Front Left - Front Right
  Limits: Playback 0 - 31
  Front Left: Playback 1 [3%] [-33.00dB] [off] Capture [off]
  Front Right: Playback 1 [3%] [-33.00dB] [off] Capture [off]
Simple mixer control 'Line LiveDrive',0
  Capabilities: pvolume cvolume cswitch
  Playback channels: Front Left - Front Right
  Capture channels: Front Left - Front Right
  Limits: Playback 0 - 100 Capture 0 - 100
  Front Left: Playback 0 [0%] [-99999.99dB] Capture 0 [0%] [-99999.99dB] [off]
  Front Right: Playback 0 [0%] [-99999.99dB] Capture 0 [0%] [-99999.99dB] [off]
Simple mixer control 'Line2 LiveDrive',1
  Capabilities: pvolume cvolume cswitch
  Playback channels: Front Left - Front Right
  Capture channels: Front Left - Front Right
  Limits: Playback 0 - 100 Capture 0 - 100
  Front Left: Playback 0 [0%] [-99999.99dB] Capture 0 [0%] [-99999.99dB] [off]
  Front Right: Playback 0 [0%] [-99999.99dB] Capture 0 [0%] [-99999.99dB] [off]
Simple mixer control 'CD',0
  Capabilities: pvolume pswitch pswitch-joined cswitch cswitch-exclusive
  Capture exclusive group: 0
  Playback channels: Front Left - Front Right
  Capture channels: Front Left - Front Right
  Limits: Playback 0 - 31
  Front Left: Playback 25 [81%] [3.00dB] [on] Capture [off]
  Front Right: Playback 25 [81%] [3.00dB] [on] Capture [off]
Simple mixer control 'Mic',0
  Capabilities: pvolume pvolume-joined pswitch pswitch-joined cswitch cswitch-exclusive
  Capture exclusive group: 0
  Playback channels: Mono
  Capture channels: Front Left - Front Right
  Limits: Playback 0 - 31
  Mono: Playback 0 [0%] [-34.50dB] [off]
  Front Left: Capture [on]
  Front Right: Capture [on]
Simple mixer control 'Mic Boost (+20dB)',0
  Capabilities: pswitch pswitch-joined
  Playback channels: Mono
  Mono: Playback [off]
Simple mixer control 'Mic Select',0
  Capabilities: enum
  Items: 'Mic1' 'Mic2'
  Item0: 'Mic1'
Simple mixer control 'Video',0
  Capabilities: pvolume pswitch pswitch-joined cswitch cswitch-exclusive
  Capture exclusive group: 0
  Playback channels: Front Left - Front Right
  Capture channels: Front Left - Front Right
  Limits: Playback 0 - 31
  Front Left: Playback 0 [0%] [-34.50dB] [off] Capture [off]
  Front Right: Playback 0 [0%] [-34.50dB] [off] Capture [off]
Simple mixer control 'Phone',0
  Capabilities: pvolume pvolume-joined pswitch pswitch-joined cswitch cswitch-exclusive
  Capture exclusive group: 0
  Playback channels: Mono
  Capture channels: Front Left - Front Right
  Limits: Playback 0 - 31
  Mono: Playback 0 [0%] [-34.50dB] [off]
  Front Left: Capture [off]
  Front Right: Capture [off]
Simple mixer control 'IEC958 Coaxial',0
  Capabilities: pvolume cvolume cswitch
  Playback channels: Front Left - Front Right
  Capture channels: Front Left - Front Right
  Limits: Playback 0 - 100 Capture 0 - 100
  Front Left: Playback 0 [0%] [-99999.99dB] Capture 0 [0%] [-99999.99dB] [off]
  Front Right: Playback 0 [0%] [-99999.99dB] Capture 0 [0%] [-99999.99dB] [off]
Simple mixer control 'IEC958 LiveDrive',0
  Capabilities: pvolume cvolume cswitch
  Playback channels: Front Left - Front Right
  Capture channels: Front Left - Front Right
  Limits: Playback 0 - 100 Capture 0 - 100
  Front Left: Playback 0 [0%] [-99999.99dB] Capture 0 [0%] [-99999.99dB] [off]
  Front Right: Playback 0 [0%] [-99999.99dB] Capture 0 [0%] [-99999.99dB] [off]
Simple mixer control 'IEC958 Optical Raw',0
  Capabilities: pswitch
  Playback channels: Front Left - Front Right
  Mono:
  Front Left: Playback [off]
  Front Right: Playback [off]
Simple mixer control 'IEC958 TTL',0
  Capabilities: pvolume cvolume cswitch
  Playback channels: Front Left - Front Right
  Capture channels: Front Left - Front Right
  Limits: Playback 0 - 100 Capture 0 - 100
  Front Left: Playback 0 [0%] [-99999.99dB] Capture 0 [0%] [-99999.99dB] [off]
  Front Right: Playback 0 [0%] [-99999.99dB] Capture 0 [0%] [-99999.99dB] [off]
Simple mixer control 'PC Speaker',0
  Capabilities: pvolume pvolume-joined pswitch pswitch-joined
  Playback channels: Mono
  Limits: Playback 0 - 15
  Mono: Playback 1 [7%] [-42.00dB] [off]
Simple mixer control 'Aux',0
  Capabilities: pvolume pswitch pswitch-joined cswitch cswitch-exclusive
  Capture exclusive group: 0
  Playback channels: Front Left - Front Right
  Capture channels: Front Left - Front Right
  Limits: Playback 0 - 31
  Front Left: Playback 0 [0%] [-34.50dB] [off] Capture [off]
  Front Right: Playback 0 [0%] [-34.50dB] [off] Capture [off]
Simple mixer control 'Capture',0
  Capabilities: cvolume cswitch cswitch-joined
  Capture channels: Front Left - Front Right
  Limits: Capture 0 - 15
  Front Left: Capture 0 [0%] [0.00dB] [on]
  Front Right: Capture 0 [0%] [0.00dB] [on]
Simple mixer control 'Mix',0
  Capabilities: cswitch cswitch-exclusive
  Capture exclusive group: 0
  Capture channels: Front Left - Front Right
  Front Left: Capture [off]
  Front Right: Capture [off]
Simple mixer control 'Mix Mono',0
  Capabilities: cswitch cswitch-exclusive
  Capture exclusive group: 0
  Capture channels: Front Left - Front Right
  Front Left: Capture [off]
  Front Right: Capture [off]
Simple mixer control 'AC97',0
  Capabilities: pvolume cvolume
  Playback channels: Front Left - Front Right
  Capture channels: Front Left - Front Right
  Limits: Playback 0 - 100 Capture 0 - 100
  Front Left: Playback 80 [80%] [-8.00dB] Capture 80 [80%] [-8.00dB]
  Front Right: Playback 80 [80%] [-8.00dB] Capture 80 [80%] [-8.00dB]
Simple mixer control 'External Amplifier',0
  Capabilities: pswitch pswitch-joined
  Playback channels: Mono
  Mono: Playback [on]
Simple mixer control 'SB Live Analog/Digital Output Jack',0
  Capabilities: pswitch pswitch-joined
  Playback channels: Mono
  Mono: Playback [on]

raptor7s (raptor7s) said : #2

lspci -nv
00:00.0 0600: 8086:7122 (rev 02)
        Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0

00:01.0 0300: 8086:7123 (rev 02) (prog-if 00 [VGA])
        Subsystem: 0e11:b165
        Flags: bus master, 66MHz, medium devsel, latency 0, IRQ 3
        Memory at 44000000 (32-bit, prefetchable) [size=64M]
        Memory at 40100000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=512K]
        Capabilities: <access denied>

00:1e.0 0604: 8086:2428 (rev 01) (prog-if 00 [Normal decode])
        Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0
        Bus: primary=00, secondary=01, subordinate=01, sec-latency=64
        I/O behind bridge: 00001000-00001fff
        Memory behind bridge: 40000000-400fffff
        Prefetchable memory behind bridge: 20000000-200fffff

00:1f.0 0601: 8086:2420 (rev 01)
        Flags: bus master, medium devsel, latency 0

00:1f.1 0101: 8086:2421 (rev 01) (prog-if 80 [Master])
        Flags: bus master, medium devsel, latency 0
        [virtual] Memory at 000001f0 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [disabled] [size=8]
        [virtual] Memory at 000003f0 (type 3, non-prefetchable) [disabled] [size=1]
        [virtual] Memory at 00000170 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [disabled] [size=8]
        [virtual] Memory at 00000370 (type 3, non-prefetchable) [disabled] [size=1]
        I/O ports at 2020 [size=16]

00:1f.2 0c03: 8086:2422 (rev 01) (prog-if 00 [UHCI])
        Flags: bus master, medium devsel, latency 0, IRQ 11
        I/O ports at eec0 [size=32]

00:1f.3 0c05: 8086:2423 (rev 01)
        Flags: medium devsel, IRQ 5
        I/O ports at eee0 [size=16]

01:05.0 0401: 125d:1969 (rev 01)
        Subsystem: 125d:8888
        Flags: bus master, medium devsel, latency 64, IRQ 5
        I/O ports at 1400 [size=64]
        I/O ports at 1460 [size=16]
        I/O ports at 1470 [size=16]
        I/O ports at 1488 [size=4]
        I/O ports at 148c [size=4]
        Capabilities: <access denied>

01:09.0 0200: 1317:0985 (rev 11)
        Subsystem: 1317:0574
        Flags: bus master, medium devsel, latency 66, IRQ 5
        I/O ports at 1000 [size=256]
        Memory at 40000000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=1K]
        [virtual] Expansion ROM at 20000000 [disabled] [size=128K]
        Capabilities: <access denied>

01:0a.0 0401: 1102:0002 (rev 07)
        Subsystem: 1102:8032
        Flags: bus master, medium devsel, latency 64, IRQ 11
        I/O ports at 1440 [size=32]
        Capabilities: <access denied>

01:0a.1 0980: 1102:7002 (rev 07)
        Subsystem: 1102:0020
        Flags: bus master, medium devsel, latency 64
        I/O ports at 1480 [size=8]
        Capabilities: <access denied>

asoundconf list
Names of available sound cards:
Live
UART
Solo1

Kẏra (kxra) said : #3

This is a quick guess so i'm not sure if it will work but try turning the volume down to at least 50% and turn the knob up.

When I use vlc and turn the volume up in vlc and the volume in everything else down, there is tons of distortion, when i turn vlc down and the volume on everything else up, it is loud and clear.

Though, if you have constant static, i'm not sure what the problem could be :/

raptor7s (raptor7s) said : #4

<email address hidden> wrote:
> Your question #5895 on kdemultimedia in ubuntu changed:
> https://answers.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/kdemultimedia/+question/5895
>
> Status: Open => Answered
>
> Danny Piccirillo proposed the following answer:
> This is a quick guess so i'm not sure if it will work but try turning
> the volume down to at least 50% and turn the knob up.
>
> When I use vlc and turn the volume up in vlc and the volume in
> everything else down, there is tons of distortion, when i turn vlc down
> and the volume on everything else up, it is loud and clear.
>
> Though, if you have constant static, i'm not sure what the problem could
> be :/
>
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No joy on that one - even turning on mute does nothing for the static.

Best raptor7s (raptor7s) said : #5

Fixed - solution was to click on the SB Live Analog/Digital button on the Switches tab.