Bug 429778 - Unable to record sound with OSS (SB Live)
Unable to record sound with OSS (SB Live)
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: alsa-lib (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Martin Stransky
Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
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Reported: 2008-01-22 17:34 EST by Marcin Zajaczkowski
Modified: 2008-01-24 15:52 EST (History)
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Description Marcin Zajaczkowski 2008-01-22 17:34:01 EST
Description of problem:
I'm unable to record any sound using OSS device.
Tested with Audacity 1.3.2 (with OSS device enabled), kiax (iax voip client
using Port Audio v18) and "Sound Preferences" (/dev/dsp). Nothing is recorded.

NOTE: I'm not sure which component is responsible for that. Feel free to change it.

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How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. In Audacity select "OSS: /dev/dsp" device for recording (Edit -> preferences)
2. Try to record anything (record button) using a microphone
Actual results:
No input signal visible, nothing is recorded.

Expected results:
A voice is recorded

Additional info:
It's very unpleasant when you use VoIP software which hasn't been ported to ALSA.
Sound card: Sound Blaster Live 5.1
There was a problem also with recording using ALSA device, but in current
version I'm able to record from two devices:
ALSA: SB Live 5.1: Multichannel Capture/PT Playback (hw:0:2)
ALSA: iec958
Comment 1 Marcin Zajaczkowski 2008-01-22 17:38:21 EST
Recording worked "fine" (at the end - there were always some issues after
upgrade) with FC5 and FC6 (not tested with F7).
Comment 2 Michael Schwendt 2008-01-24 13:43:09 EST
OSS in Audacity does not use alsa-lib, but the low-level OSS
device interface (and hence ALSA's OSS emulation kernel modules).
I'm not up-to-date on ALSA, but I think it doesn't do OSS in
user-space yet. "rpm -qi alsa-lib" is a mystery to me right now.

OSS based recording in Audacity work's here.
You may need to choose a working input channel and un-mute
Comment 3 Marcin Zajaczkowski 2008-01-24 15:52:17 EST
Thanks Michael. In fact it was problem with my settings. "AC97 Capture" was
muted and not selected to be a source for recording (need to be selected
together with "Capture" - I don't know really why). Sound quality hears to be
worst, but it's probably my subjective opinion :).
I have also problem with testing sound capture in gnome-sound-properties (I hear
only a few first seconds), but I will wait to check if it also happens with
1.0.16rc1 (hopefully soon in devel).

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