From: Juhan Leemet <juhan@lo...> - 2003-07-28 21:34:19
>This is really getting frustrating..... ever since I've upgraded to This is
>really getting frustrating..... ever since I've upgraded to
>Mandrake 9.1 haven't been able to get ANY version of Audacity to run
>without some kind of problem...
I used to run an earlier Mandrake, but I'm now running SuSE 8.2
>Installed Aaudacity 1.1.3 from Mandrake Rpm audacity1.1.3-2mdk i586,
>using Mandrake 9.1 w/AMD 1.0G Athalon, no errors were given during
>install. Playback appears to work as normal, but the record doesn't
>appear to work and doesn't show it on the screen as no waveform appears
>as well as no text or other graphic rendering normally associated with
>the record function...
I wonder if this is related to a problem I have. I found that audacity-1.1.3
(and 1.1.1 was worse!) on SuSE 8.2 (I recompiled it, to make sure it
interfaced correctly) had problems recording, using an M-Audio Audiophile
2496 board. My first tries used the "default", which apparently was "mono"
and "32-bit float". I then tried all other available formats (16-bit,
24-bit), to no avail. Some of them behaved as you describe: no waveform
appears, as well as no text or graphics (but there was a "box" that should
have contained the waveform). The problem turned out to be the "mono".
I then discovered that (for the M-Audio Audiophile 2496 board) if I changed
the preferences to record "stereo" (instead of "mono") then magically most
(not all) recording would work. I was able to record "16-bit" and "32-bit
float". If I really wanted "mono", I could split the "stereo" and discard the
surplus. Paradoxically, I was not able to record "24-bit", which is really
odd, since that is the "real" resolution of the Audiophile (they don't call
it 2496 for nothing). I'm hoping I'll get some more feedback, to help
diagnose this: is it a general alsa problem? or a specific audacity problem?
Try playing with some of the preferences, before giving up. I would suggest
trying 16-bit (pretty generic lowest common denominator?) and make sure you
have "stereo" selected (NOT "mono"). Then if/when you get something working,
you will be encouraged to try out some of the other options. Maybe then we
can all help get everything working perfectly (? at least more correctly?).