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Two computers, one old acoustic system, no digital input: what to do?

Posted 05-09-2011 at 03:07 PM by Web31337

The short answer could have been "utilize analog and digital inputs" but my case here is quite old system having only one input.
I didn't really look into this question until I had to, today.
Some days before, when I was experiencing troubles with sound in Steam I installed pulseaudio and during search for it noticed "network" word in description. So I thought maybe I can set it up so I will send sound from second computer to first(over gigabit home LAN), which is connected to sound system. Long story short, my previous attempt was really wrong: you don't use --system param, don't run that as root (yeah, I'm the smart one, always ignoring such advices "don't run this as root" when dealing with multimedia-related topics), instead, use start-pulseaudio-x11 shell script in your user session.
Then, last thing remains: add something like this to /etc/pulse/default.pa (according to your trusted network addresses):
Code:
load-module module-native-protocol-tcp auth-ip-acl=127.0.0.1;192.168.0.0/24
And off you go If that doesn't work for you for some reason, try http://www.pulseaudio.org/wiki/PerfectSetup , there was nothing outside of this manual that I did in my box.
Not sure how windblows users are going to solve similar problem, but I'm happy to be UNIX systems user, where there are so many nice standards in console-oriented software
What's more important here, you won't be able to solve this using hardware if your case is many computers without sound devices... or, well, maybe, if you're much of hardware hacker, you'll make it, but does it really worth it in these years, where computer without network is a rare thing?
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