Setting up a microphone

Danny Pansters danny at
Tue Jan 24 15:40:37 PST 2006

mixer recsrc must be mic, do you have that?


On Tuesday 24 January 2006 17:35, Keith Beattie wrote:
> On 01/24/06 07:11, uidzero wrote:
> > It's worked flawlessly for me after I add recompiled the kernel with
> > sound support. (I use Skype as well.)
> Thanks and glad to hear that Skype is working.  Listening to music, etc.
> works just fine for me too, it's how to get input from the mic which I'm
> stuck on.  The machine is dual boot so I know the hardware works and the
> things are plugged into the right place (Skype works when running XP).
> This must be a FreeBSD config thing.
> I've tried, unsuccessfully, working with mixer, rawrec, wmrecord and
> audacity to capture sound, so I'm now looking for a simple 'is your
> microphone working' test akin to the 'cat some_small_file > /dev/dsp'
> for testing noise coming out of the speakers (which still works).
> 'cat /dev/dsp > foo', speaking for a bit into the mic, then cntl-c to
> stop, does create a non-empty file but then a 'cat foo > /dev/dsp'
> doesn't produce any sound.  The rawrec port seems promising but no love
> from 'rawrec foo.raw' / 'rawplay foo.raw'.  All this with mixer showing
> non-zero levels for all channels and trying it with the recording source
> as mic and then line.  Something's gotta give here.
> > Maybe try updating to RELEASE-p8?
> Indeed I'll update anyway but I don't believe any of those patches are
> sound related.
> Thanks,
> ksb

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