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Date:      Wed, 11 Feb 2009 00:30:19 +0100
From:      Polytropon <>
To:        Joshua Isom <>
Cc:        Akenner <>,
Subject:   Re: Playing audio CDs
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On Tue, 10 Feb 2009 02:39:17 -0600, Joshua Isom <> wrote:
> One thing that I don't think I've read but personally encountered.  
> When using cdcontrol, it seems to tell the cd-rom drive to play the 
> disc so it's not really done in software.  If the audio cable from the 
> cd-rom drive is not connected to the motherboard you won't get sound.  
> For the vast majority of users this is a non-issue, but it be confusing 
> to figure out.

Well, interesting you mentioned this. I have this audio cable installed
and after cdcontrol "told" the drive to play the audio CD, it is on the
CD audio channel of the sound card (and the mixer channel CD, of course).
I'm not sure how this is handled via the ATA cable where the CD drive
usually is connected, or the SATA calbe, if it's a newer drive. Or, to
make it more complicated, when the drive is a SCSI cable; I don't think
SCSI transmits audio data via the SCSI cable...

At least the drive should show the typical "playing activity" which can
be checked using a headphone on the drive's front connector (if it has

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