[nSLUG] Sound problem (isn't there always?)
draker at gmail.com
Sat Oct 11 14:58:18 ADT 2008
2008/10/11 Aaron Spanik <a.spanik at ns.sympatico.ca>:
> While many older CD-ROMs would output analog via a patch cable to the
> sound card, most of the CD/DVD drives you buy today no longer even have
> that connector on the back (and many soundcards and motherboards no
> longer have the connector either). Playing audio CDs on a modern linux
> usually involves transferring the data off the disc and using the
> soundcard to do the DAC.
Huh. I went looking at some specs on currently available LG drives,
and you're right.
My only reaction is: WTF are they thinking? Drives from a few years
ago gave you a choice: analog audio, or digital audio extraction. New
drives give you no choice: DAO only.
It must be a cost savings issue. What a pain. DAO is great if you
want to rip mp3s. It's total overkill and a waste of CPU if all you
want to do is listen to your audio CD.
Maybe they figure that in this digital age, nobody wants to use their
computer as a glorified stereo anymore. Hmph.
Note: the system in question is a P4, probably a few years old. In
fact, the Dell specs state that there _is_ a 4-pin CD-Audio header on
So don't give up on the analog solution yet!
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