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Windows 7: Ahoy Linux Gurus, SOS On Audio

11 Apr 2011   #1

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 
Ahoy Linux Gurus, SOS On Audio

I've just installed SUSE 11.4, and for the most part, I'm impressed with it, because I have gotten it to do what I want, with a lot less work than I had with this distro in the past. I've downloaded and installed the necessary files to play video files with Kaffeine, and the video is perfect. The problem is that I'm getting no audio, even though when I tested the audio in the configuration utility, it works perfectly, and nothing is muted and the volume is up. Any ideas on how to play both the audio and video of a movie?
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11 Apr 2011   #2

Windows 7 Pro/Ultimate x 64 & Windows 8.1 x 64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seekermeister View Post
I've just installed SUSE 11.4, and for the most part, I'm impressed with it, because I have gotten it to do what I want, with a lot less work than I had with this distro in the past. I've downloaded and installed the necessary files to play video files with Kaffeine, and the video is perfect. The problem is that I'm getting no audio, even though when I tested the audio in the configuration utility, it works perfectly, and nothing is muted and the volume is up. Any ideas on how to play both the audio and video of a movie?
After having 3 different versions of Ubuntu and having to use the sudo command in terminal for everything "including picking your nose" I learned that even basic things like getting your video resolution to stay the same require using the sudo command in terminal.

So it may be best to search Linux based forums for the solution as it requires using terminal to tell the audio driver which device to use.

Also I believe z3r010 would like non-windows based OS discussions to be posted in the Chillout forum as this is a windows based forum and this was the agreed upon arrangement as other members also wanted to discuss Linux based OS's.
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11 Apr 2011   #3

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

It would be fine with me if he wanted to move the thread to Chillout. However, in the mean time I need to update by saying that the problem is not with audio in general, and I am getting both audio and video on some formats, such as mp4 and avi, but the majority of my videos are in mkv, and they have no audio. I remember a comment displayed during the setup for playing videos, which said that due to some legal reasons, that only "legal" videos could be played, and they gave examples of ogg, mp4 and I think it said theora, but that may be wrong, because my memory is not all that sharp.

Since I know that there is nothing illegal about mkv video files, I hope that there is some way to make them work, because I'm not about to convert the hundreds that I have.
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11 Apr 2011   #4

Windows 7 Pro/Ultimate x 64 & Windows 8.1 x 64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seekermeister View Post
It would be fine with me if he wanted to move the thread to Chillout. However, in the mean time I need to update by saying that the problem is not with audio in general, and I am getting both audio and video on some formats, such as mp4 and avi, but the majority of my videos are in mka, and they have no audio. I remember a comment displayed during the setup for playing videos, which said that due to some legal reasons, that only "legal" videos could be played, and they gave examples of ogg, mp4 and I think it said theora, but that may be wrong, because my memory is not all that sharp.

Since I know that there is nothing illegal about mka video files, I hope that there is some way to make them work, because I'm not about to convert the hundreds that I have.
It is referred to as restricted extras not illegal, which can only be obtained through software repositories of your Linux distro, Again you would be better of reading the reference material which is highlighted as I am unlikely to provide any further assistance.
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11 Apr 2011   #5

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

Thanks, but I found the answer to the problem without your help anyway.
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12 Apr 2011   #6

Windows 7 Pro/Ultimate x 64 & Windows 8.1 x 64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seekermeister View Post
Thanks, but I found the answer to the problem without your help anyway.
Wasn't trying to be rude seekermeister just that I only tried SUSE for a couple of weeks thus "not much help"

And good to hear because I always had audio troubles when I tried Ubuntu taking 2 weeks to search for and rectify any problem, then next round of updates repeat process.

The best way I ran Ubuntu and SUSE was inside VMware as your windows bootloader cannot be damaged by the GRUB bootloader and no audio or video issues as the physical hardware on your computer is not used only hardware from Virtual machine.

The Virtual Machine folder can also be copied in good working order, to be restored in case of bad Linux Updates which have happened to me numerous times.
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12 Apr 2011   #7

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

Understood. I did take your posts the wrong way, but I'm glad that I was wrong.

I have tried many flavors of Linux many times, and never had much luck before. That is why I'm surprised that this version of SUSE seems to be faring pretty well so far, because I have gotten much further with it than I ever did before. I have never tried to run Linux in the manner that you did, so I have no idea of what it involved or how it might work, but the solution of the GRUB aspect, which I also had problems with, is to install Linux discreetly on a separate drive from Windows, with all other drives disconnected until after the installation is complete, and using the BIOS Boot Menu, inlieu of an operating system selector. This prevents cross platform compatibility and corruption issues, and safeguards one OS from the other.

I think that my interest in Linux is because of the trouble that I have had with it, and simply didn't want to let it get the best of me, plus I always like to have alternatives available.
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