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Location: a tiny place caled hendrik ido ambacht in the netherlands
Distribution: SuSE, debian, slackware, lfs
a nother sound problem
I have a bit of a problem with my sound card. The thing is that I often can't get any sound with most apps that use the sound card. The weird thing is, that if I use xmms to play a file, it always does so (after a long pause that is). After that, sound on every app works. It looks like xmms initializes the sound card or some thing.
I have a ALS4000 sound card and i think i'm using the oss driver. (I don't know how to figure this out for sure). I'm also using the 2.4.10 kernel that came standard with my suse 7.3 distro.
Do I need to recompile my kernel ? (I was planing to do so any way) If so, what options should I give when compiling it ?
what output plugin is xmms using? Does running "lsmod" outputs something about "alsa" (the alternative sound system for linux)? What does running "play somefile.wav" in a console returns? Is there anything in the logs (they are probably in /var/log)?
playing a wav file works, but only if I use xmms first.
And there is noting in the log files that can help.
Basicaly, the problem is'nt that big. I can play any thing I want. It's just anoying. And besides, I don't like it when something does'nt work the way it should. What realy is a major bomber is that I got no sound in quake2. When ever I play quake it gives me this :
------- sound initialization -------
/dev/dsp: Invalid argument
SNDDMA_Init: Could not mmap /dev/dsp.
This shows something is'nt quite right. And I want to fix this.
Thanx for the help
What do you have this running on, your SuSE distro? Here's the link to setting up your card using ALSA, even though it appears that already are running it, it may give you some ideas to troubleshoot with.