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A workaround for audio input problems in 10.3 System
Some users -- mostly those with G5s -- are reporting distorted or altogether lost audio capabilities after the Mac OS X 10.3.4 update.

After upgrading to 10.3 from 10.2.8, I noticed that I could no longer get my external FM receiver to play back through the external microphone socket of my Sawtooth G4. In the past, this was usually a problem easily fixed by opening Apple Audio MIDI Setup and checking the box for Play through. In the Panther upgrade, Apple has installed a newer version of Audio MIDI Setup with the brushed metal appearance. I looked in the Previous Systems folder in the Utilities folder and found the old version of Audio MIDI setup was still there. I dragged this across to the new Applications folder installed by Panther, and presto, my sound input works as before. Gone are the distortions present in the newer version. I hope others can benefit from this hint.

[robg adds: I would recommend backing up the Panther version prior to replacing it; it's always a good idea to put things back to normal before any system upgrades, for instance...]
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A workaround for audio input problems in 10.3
Authored by: bvdecicco on Jun 23, '04 10:42:46AM

I'm running a dual 1.42 mdd and haven't been able to get my line-in to work either. But unfortuantely, I don't have the previous version of the Audio Midi Setup. Any idea where I could get a copy? Anyone feel like emailing me one? bdecicco@kaleidahealth.org. Thanks.



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A workaround for audio input problems in 10.3
Authored by: calroth on Jun 24, '04 03:32:25AM
A program which does the same is the free LineIn, from Rogue Amoeba.

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A workaround for audio input problems in 10.3
Authored by: robleach on Jan 17, '05 04:37:54PM

Not true. LineIn does NOT do the same thing because when you quit LineIn, the play-through no longer works (as it used to do with Audio MIDI Setup). I don't want to have to run a special app when I want to listen to the radio through my computer's hooked up sound system. Nor do I want to change the wires every time. So right now, I'm trying to locate an old version of Audio MIDI Setup, but I can't seem to find my 10.2 Software Restore disk. I hope I can find it.

Rob



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A workaround for audio input problems in 10.3
Authored by: robleach on Jan 17, '05 06:12:42PM

Well shoot,

I installed the older version of Audio MIDI Setup on my 10.3.7 OS and the "Play Through" checkbox is greyed out and I can't figure out how to get it un-greyed-out. I searched and searched for a way to fix this problem to no avail, so I fanially called Apple because I'm still within my 90 days support period. I got transferred to a support specialist and he confirmed that they took out the play-through option in 10.3. He didn't know why, but he seemed to vaguely recall that it was interfering with some 3rd party applications. If you want it back (so that you don't have to run a special application to get it to work) so that it will work all the time, I suggest submitting a feature request to apple's feedback website.

Rob



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