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#1 2020-11-11 20:45:36

trilobite
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Sound card weirdness, on yet another old laptop

I keep getting these old laptops to put Linux on and give away. Bunsen Labs is the bomb. This is #15.

Toshiba Satellite U300 which had Windows Vista on it. So it's pretty old. The sound card puts out nice sound. There's even a finger wheel volume adjuster.  But the microphone/sound input does not work at all.  I've figured out that the sound card does the same thing with windows (I have winXP and win7 disks to test things with if necessary).  But is this weird?  That output is fine, but input is fried?  Like the sound card is half bjorked?

I have it currently plugged in to an older flatscreen TV which has a VGA plug in.  Watching youtube music videos because, well might as well. (yes, I;m also collecting old TVs it seems, I didn't mean to!)

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#2 2020-11-11 21:26:53

rbh
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Re: Sound card weirdness, on yet another old laptop

you have tested with external microphone that input of sound is dead?
I have never encontered a soundchip that outputs ok, but where input does not work.
Broken cords for loudspeakers/mic etc, but never what you describe.

You can get usb-soundcard for under 10$...


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#3 2020-11-11 23:08:00

trilobite
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Re: Sound card weirdness, on yet another old laptop

Yes, the thing does not work with an external microphone either. Yes, it is weird isn't it?

USB soundcard.  Interesting, never heard of that.  Thanks.


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#4 2020-11-13 19:04:15

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Re: Sound card weirdness, on yet another old laptop

trilobite wrote:

But the microphone/sound input does not work at all.

How are you testing it?
AFAICS it has separate Mic & headphone jacks, not suitable for a headset?
What's pavucontrol say, have you moved the sliders way up, enabled Mic boost?


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#5 2020-11-13 19:48:09

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Re: Sound card weirdness, on yet another old laptop

ohnonot wrote:

AFAICS it has separate Mic & headphone jacks, not suitable for a headset?

All old computers has separate connection for mic/speakers-headphone. So, headsets from that time has separate 3.5 mm plugs for the mic/headphone. Modern headsets, have one 4-pole connection, but can be used on old equipment with splitting Y-cable. Old headsets, can with combining Y-cable be used on modern equipment.


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