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I'm quite new to linux so I'm not sure how the sound drivers operate, but I get the impression that they are at war with each other. Particularly in the case of VLC.
Audio driver is alsa supposedly, I only confirmed this with alsamixer in terminal.
Whenever I start playing music with VLC (and this does not happen in the case of ordinary movie player), I get much static sound littering the music (typically at the bass levels). I accidentally came across a temporary solution which remains in force for the rest of the session: bring up terminal, wait for @etc. to come up and static is gone. Why does this problem occur?
Another more serious problem is system crashes whenever VLC is on. I thought this was in relation to RAM (only got 1GB for the moment) but it has happened with little running (maybe the ram piled up but I didn't have indicators running).
Hopefully these two problems have the same source.
Cheers, will supply error logs if needed (will need commands etc!)