Re: why my sound card doesn't work
* shawn wilson <email@example.com> [101213 01:35]:
> On Sun, Dec 12, 2010 at 5:03 PM, Long Wind <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> > I have a P4 motherboard, which has intel integrated audio
> > It works fine in Windows XP
> > but in etch, there's no sound
I never have been able to get Intel integrated audio working under
But there is an economical way to have trouble-free high-quality
sound: purchase a USB interface (aka "USB sound card").
The Lexicon "Alpha" (which uses USB 1.0 and is "drop-and-drag") can be
had for about US$65 including postage. I have not yet tried the
Alpha, but it's larger brother, the "Omega", works on several Debian
systems (Etch, Squeeze) and requires nothing more than a two-line
There are many nice things about a USB sound card such as the
Lexicon Alpha or Omega:
=> You can use a single card with different computers, including
=> The ADC/DAC typically are of better quality and much quieter
than those which you find on a PCI card.
=> You get servo-balanced inputs and outputs, which means that you
can be free of hum even with extremely long cable runs.
=> You get XLR input connectors, which means that you can use
professional microphones. (Because of panel space limitations,
LINE OUT connectors typically are 1/4-inch phone plug, TRS.)
=> You get mechanical LINE and MICROPHONE input level controls;
these provide mixing capability.
=> You get a mechanical LINE output level control.
=> You get a headphone output jack with a mechanical volume
Check out a broadcast supplier such as www.bswusa.com or