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Old 07-13-2009, 11:31 AM   #1
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Question Emulating a sound card?


Hi everyone,

I have a remote server which has no sound card. I'd like to use it to run Skype in order to make a call and play from an existing wave file.

So far, I've got Skype running, and I've installed PulseAudio with the following configuration in ~/.asoundrc:

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pcm.pulse { type pulse }
ctl.pulse { type pulse }
The command `aplay -l` yields "no soundcards found...", as expected. I have the pulse daemon running, and I'm able to select "pulse" under Skype's Sound Options for Input/Output/Ringing. But when I actually try to make a call, pulse fails:

Quote:
skype: pcm_pulse.c:115: pulse_stop: Assertion 'pcm->stream' failed.
I understand that the immediate reaction is to suggest that I grab the machine and install a sound card, but because it is remote, I'm looking for a way to emulate the functionality of a sound card without actually having one installed. I've searched for existing solutions, but the closest thing I've found is sound card virtualization.

How can I do this?
 
Old 07-13-2009, 03:31 PM   #2
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What you are asking for sounds like a hack. Where you want the sound to be heard is where skype should run, and where your soundcard should be.
 
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The thing is, the sound doesn't need to be heard on the server, just sent over IP. Because this is a software operation, shouldn't it be possible to emulate a sound card so that Skype works on the server?
 
Old 07-14-2009, 04:37 AM   #4
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Why do you not do it locally? Why not have a soundcard on your box and run skype from there? No messing, no fuss.
 
  


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