I'm having some trouble with phonon not being able to access my soundcard (a Creative Soundblaster Live 5.1) in later builds of KDE4. I'm not using it on a daily basis, but it still bugs me.
In the sound module of systemsettings, all outputs directly relating to my soundcard are greyed out, like this.
It still worked in some of the earlier alpha-builds, but since KDE4 came into beta status, this wouldn't work for me anymore (I'm currently using 4.0.3).
I can get sound if I'm running pulseaudio, so KDE will automatically use ESD output, but the sound is _really_ choppy and more a nuisance than anything else.
Also, I have tried running systemsettings as root, and as root it seems to work properly, but that is a no-go.
So it seems to be a problem with access rights (which is somewhat strange, since all other applications work just fine), but since I am unfamiliar with the way phonon accesses the hardware, I'm at a loss here.
Thanks in advance for any ideas you might have.