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i've recently installed alsa using the intel8x0 driver for my onboard ac97 sound card. when i unmute the channels and turn up the volume i can play WAV files and getting event sounds in gnome, etc., but when i run xine i can only play one or two mpeg movies before it crashes. it doesn't seem to matter what kind of files i play (mpeg, avi, etc.), just after a few xine hangs and i have to kill it. after that when i restart xine it says:
main: audio driver probing failed => no audio output
and from then on sound will not work in any program until i reboot. can anybody tell me what's wrong here? i used to have an sblive (emu10k1 non-alsa driver) card in this machine and it was working fine- is this problem due to alsa or to xine?
another related problem is that my mixer settings do not get saved and restored on shutdown/startup. each time i log in and want sound i have to open up the gnome-alsamixer program (the console alsamixer program doesn't work, it complains of "alsamixer: relocation error: alsamixer: symbol sys_siglist, version GLIBC_2.3.3 not defined in file libc.so.6 with link time reference"- any ideas on this too?) and unmute the channels and turn up the volume.
thanks for taking the time to read this and please let me know if i can post any more information that might help.
Does RH use the ARTS sound daemon artsd? I never found a good use for it, and it conflicts with several popular apps such as xine and mplayer. You can check for it in the list of processes given by the command 'ps aux'. If it's running you can kill it with 'killall artsd' and see if it makes any difference.
Next time xine hangs you could also check the last few lines of output from the 'dmesg' command to see if there are any system messages relevant to the problem.