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May 08, 2002, 20:30 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sander Van Vugt)

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"Generally, there are two kinds of music one can listen to on a computer. There's the CD you buy in a store, and there's the MP3, which can be downloaded from the Net. Let's start with the first and put a CD by the woman who is also known as 'la guitara' in the drive. You would think you could put the CD in the drive, activate the CD player from the 'Multimedia' menu item and it would work, but it isn't always that easy. On our first try, the system was mute. In such cases one should use the Red Hat-based tool sndconfig. This tool tries to find out which kind of sound card you are using. Alas, we had a card from Avance Logic with an ALS4000 audio chipset, which isn't supported. In this case, you could go out and buy a different card or try another Linux distribution. So, we tried SuSE Linux. SuSE has a very nice graphical tool to configure the sound card included in its YaST2 configuration tool, and yes, this time it worked. The card was recognized without any problem. Before you can listen to a CD with SuSE Linux, you need to open the Sound Mixer and switch on the CD as a sound source (which is not done automatically). Once that's done, you can use the CD player to listen to music. No big deal.

"Listening to some MP3s is not a big challenge. All you have to do is find some MP3s on the Net and launch the KDE Media Player. In the media player, activate the File menu, select Open and play the MP3; that's all..."

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