April 29th, 2004

nicki window

In the realm of just works.

So my laptop and linux doesn't always play nice. Some of my sound (mp3s, flash) is completely garbled, while others (wav) is just fine. When a group asked me to play with teamspeak, I was doubeous that it would work for me under linux (thank goodness the group has enough linux people that they choose a windows/linux program, yay!!!) since it involved sound plus I thought I didn't have a mic.

So I go get a mic from up stairs and the sound card gleefully out put the mic sound to the speakers, but none of my programs, including the hang-on-record sound recorder, couldn't see the output. I was back to the computer not playing nice with sound at all.

So I get the bright idea that the Karaoke Revolution mic for the playstation 2 is usb. There is a slim chance it might work. (yah right, my head said, who KNOWS what device it is, let alone linux reconsiding it and finding a working driver.) As it turns out, it is a logitec head set that says Konami all over it. Linux reconixed it, spewed a few errors on loading the drivers, but once we tracked down which /dev/dsp it was, and set the program to use it, the head set worked.

Ok, so it was more complicated than "just works" but still I'm using a headset that I bought for the playstation2 on a laptop that doesn't have proper sound drivers to start with and it's working just fine. That's pretty cool.