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I have Sid, but this was happening in sarge too. When the system boots, it says that starting alsa failed and that I should run alsactl restore (this fails too). However, sound works, but when MPlayer starts it gives a similiar error, is there a way to shut ALSA up?
Originally posted by andymadigan I have Sid, but this was happening in sarge too. When the system boots, it says that starting alsa failed and that I should run alsactl restore (this fails too). However, sound works, but when MPlayer starts it gives a similiar error, is there a way to shut ALSA up?
You can try running the alsamixer then once you have set the default levels they should be saved when you shutdown. For mplayer apt-get install kaffeine if you want to try a different program it works even better than mplayer or start it from the command line in a console window the error does not happen there it is only with the graphic version for some stupid reason.
I'd rather not install Kaffeine, I just got done removing KDE. I was wondering though, if ALSA isn't starting up properly, is the system using some other driver for my sound card? Can I remove/disable ALSA and still have sound?
Originally posted by andymadigan I'd rather not install Kaffeine, I just got done removing KDE. I was wondering though, if ALSA isn't starting up properly, is the system using some other driver for my sound card? Can I remove/disable ALSA and still have sound?
You do not need all of KDE to use the program you would only need kdelibs4, libart and libqt3c102-mt from the looks of it other than what should already be installed to run X and other programs. And of course since Kaffeine is just using the xine libraries you may want to look at installing it instead.
>$ acsh kaffeine
Maintainer: Zack Cerza <email@example.com>
Depends: kdelibs4 (>= 4:3.2.3), libart-2.0-2 (>= 2.3.16), libc6 (>= 2.3.2.ds1-4), libfam0c102, libfreetype6 (>= 2.1.5-1), libgcc1 (>= 1:3.3.4-1), libice6 | xlibs (>> 4.1.0), libpng12-0 (>= 126.96.36.199-4), libqt3c102-mt (>= 3:3.2.3-3), libsm6 | xlibs (>> 4.1.0), libstdc++5 (>= 1:3.3.4-1), libx11-6 | xlibs (>> 4.1.0), libxext6 | xlibs (>> 4.1.0), libxine1 (>= 1-rc3a), libxrender1, libxtst6 | xlibs (>> 4.1.0), libxv1, zlib1g (>= 1:1.2.1)
Description: xine-based media player for KDE 3
Kaffeine has all the features of xine-ui, but is native to KDE. This
package includes a standalone application, a KPart for embedding in
other applications, and a SuperKaramba theme.
You can depending on the sound card you have be able to use just the OSS module for it depending on the kernel support for OSS that is as well. So how did you install the ALSA, what kernel are you using does it have OSS in it and what is the sound card?