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Date:      Fri, 14 Sep 2018 21:02:28 +0200
From:      Polytropon <freebsd@edvax.de>
To:        Steven Friedrich <FreeBSD@twc.com>
Cc:        freebsd-questions@freebsd.org, "Steve O'Hara-Smith" <steve@sohara.org>
Subject:   Re: No Sound
Message-ID:  <20180914210228.f390e34c.freebsd@edvax.de>
In-Reply-To: <5087996.8gLySxXtyI@chameleon.friedrich.org>
References:  <5065116.8gLySxXtyI@chameleon.friedrich.org> <20180914155317.dd06a1f5a892884cfece20b5@sohara.org> <5087996.8gLySxXtyI@chameleon.friedrich.org>

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On Fri, 14 Sep 2018 11:45:57 -0400, Steven Friedrich wrote:
> It's a SATA DVD and there are no headphone jacks on modern internal DVD 
> drives.  So there's no audio cable connecting the drive to any sound card or 
> header on the motherboard.  So that means there's no ability to transfer 
> analog audio, just digital audio, I believe.

There are tools like cdparanoia that can "digitally play"
from the CD drive, and you can also use mplayer to play
CD audio the digital way.



> I also can't get output from mplayer.  I'll try VLC next.

If you don't have sound in mplayer, it likely won't happen
that you get sound from VLC (or any other media player for
that matter).



> Also, no devices should up under KDE5 system settings Phonon page.  Is it 
> possible I didn't check all the phonon boxes when I built KDE5 from ports?

I think Phonon is a default component of the KDE installation.
But for now, don't bother with KDE. Always check the basics
first, using the system tools.

For example, using good old "mpg123 somefile.mp3" and then
experiment with the mixer command. It _might_ be possible
that you have to select a different output device using sysctl.

Example: I have a Lenovo R61i and a R500. On the R61i, I can
use the default unit (0), while I have to enable the setting
"hw.snd.default_unit=1" in /etc/sysctl.conf on the R500,
even though they seem to be using almost the same HDA codec:

R61i:
	pcm0: <Conexant CX20561 (Hermosa) (Front Analog)>
	pcm1: <Conexant CX20561 (Hermosa) (Internal Analog)>

R500:

	pcm0: <Conexant CX20549 (Venice) (Analog 2.0+HP/2.0)>
	pcm1: <Conexant CX20549 (Venice) (Ext-Rear Digital)>

With sysctl as mentioned, the second one will work. :-)


-- 
Polytropon
Magdeburg, Germany
Happy FreeBSD user since 4.0
Andra moi ennepe, Mousa, ...



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