ah! ok... and most of what ppl use doesn't support arts. ok thank you that helps a lot.
i'll look up sound server now. thanx again.
Yeah exactly, as far as I'm aware of there aren't many games(if any) out there that support arts output besides ones that come with KDE. Sure mplayer, xmms etc does, but who the hell listens to more than 2 mp3s or watches 2 movies at the same time.
I think there's a way to route the audio through arts regardless of whether the application supports it. IIRC its
artsdsp <application> <arguments>
Though I could never get it to work properly.
Permanent solution is to get yourself a cheap soundblaster live, which is capable of hardware mixing.