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I concur. xmms is very, very old, and as far as I know, not being actively developed any more. Many distributions have removed it entirely. There are many other newer, better players out there now. I've been using audacious myself for forever (I just can't give up my favorite winamp2 skin). There's also the very similar qmmp if you want a qt/kde-based version. Or go with a daemon+frontend style system like mpc or xmms2.
XMMS still works fine, though mostly I use VLC these days.
I have seen that error. It can occur when some other application has its hooks into the sound card or XMMS *thinks* another application is using it.
Try exiting all other programs, then restarting XMMS. If there's still a conflict, run ps -A to see what programs are running; that may give you a hint.
If that doesn't free up the sound card, try a reboot and retest XMMS before starting any other programs.
You could also try selectively un-blacklisting the sound interfaces, one at a time, and see whether that makes a difference.
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post, i test XMMS. Oh my god, it works....
so, the post make very sense to me.
It can occur when some other application has its hooks into the sound card or XMMS *thinks* another application is using it.