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My AC97 sound card seems to be properly installed, and system sounds can be heard (if only some of the time), however I'm having difficuly getting any kind of internet audio format to work at all, never mind being heard through the speakers.
The problem, as far as I can see, divides into two parts.
First, I need to obtain a player that handles the basic formats like .mp3. Just the top two or three most obvious ones would be fine, but whatever content I try to use, the (suse 10.1) default application, Amarok, spits back messages similar to: "xine engine CLAIMS it cannot play .mp3". I've downloaded and attempted to install VLC, only to get a list of 20 dependencies I'm in no mood to resolve on a 56k line. (I typically download files as a whole rather than attempting playback on the fly).
Should I be trying to fix amarok or find (amongst the absolute plethora of available opions) a suitable player application that will work on my suse 10.1 system without too much ado?
The second part of the problem is then to resolve whatever hardware / configuration issues might still prevent the sound from actually being routed to the speakers, but I'd prefer to solve that part later, if necessary. For the moment, I just want to get a player where I can see that the player is really playing the files.
The problem is that suse ships Amarok without the mp3 support. For this you need to visit (for example) the amarok website, and download the necessary additional modules, especially libxine 1. There was no need to upgrade the rev level of amarok.
There are excellent instructions at the web site. http://amarok.kde.org/wiki/MP3_on_SUSE_Linux_10.1
pparently, the fact that it ships without mp3 support had something to do with a licensing issue.
SUSE Linux is proprietary, and though Opensuse is open-source, some carryovers are in affect, eg. broken mp3, etc.
Amarok uses the xine engine, (which is also preinstalled).
I fixed all the problems by going into YaST, removing the install of xine, (when it complains about programs depending on it, click to keep the programs in question, not remove them) and then downloading the real version of xine from http://xinehq.de/ and installing that.
Thanks for that. I have found one more little glitch. The sound capabilities are always fine after a proper reboot, but after suspend nothing works. I got the impression it's a xine engine minicrash?
Does this happen on your system?
Is there a solution? Perhaps a script to restart the engine after suspend? Would I have to add xinehq.de as repository to check out if that server has a different, later version (this takes a long time on my dialup connection, and I've got libxine rev level 1.1.2)?