[mythtv-users] Sound card issue

Michael T. Dean mtdean at thirdcontact.com
Tue Dec 13 21:05:19 EST 2005

Peter Osterberg wrote:

> I've a on-board audiocard with both coax and optical out. I've never 
> got it to work very well.
> The card plays perfectly well using analog out, except from the audio 
> quality...
> The audio works fine for about 5-10 minutes when using digital out. 
> After 5-10 minutes the sound disapears for some seconds and comes back 
> again. This behavior continues until the computer is rebooted. I 
> started to think that this was driver related. I have a spare Windows 
> disk for this computer as well and I decided to try if it worked 
> better in Windows. I have the same problem in Windows so that 
> eliminates the driver theory.
> Could this really be hardware related? It doesn't matter if I use coax 
> or optical in either operating system.
> I think that it is a bit odd to think that it should be hardware 
> related since it always works for about 5-10 minutes an then won't 
> work again until rebooted. The reboot part somewhat directs me to 
> hardware but why 5-10 minutes. It would last for seconds if it were 
> some kind of buffer problem.

My guess would be bad cable (does this happen with optical out only or 
are you saying you have both coaxial digital audio and optical out?) or 
your receiver just doesn't like the signal that the card is outputting.


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