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ALSA "locks up" the soundcard, so only one program can use the soundcard at a time. I can't listen to music and use GAIM at the same time. What happens is, the music keeps playing untill the end of the song then I get a series of queued beeps from ALSA, then the music begins again.
How can I fix this?
I'm sorry if this has been asked before. I searched, but I didn't quite know what to search for.
EDIT: er, appearently it's caused some problems with xmms. It'll just stop playing a song right in the middle. It stops at the same place every time, and it doesn't stop with OSS, but then I can't hear GAIM. what do I do?
Last edited by slackwarefan; 05-03-2005 at 10:37 PM.
I've found that the problem, which eventually leads to me not being able to use sound at all, is aplay having about a hundred instances running at once. All my sound issues cleared up when I ran killall aplay, but that only works untill it starts running multiple instances of itself again.
What do you have in the command box in the GAIM preferences? The reason I ask is that if 'aplay' is run without a file argument, it stays running doing nothing, which looks like what's happening to you.
This is a known bug in the version of dmix you're using. I have the same problem. Upgrading alsalib is likely to fix it - unfortunately dmix has been unstable until very recently and tends to deadlock the audio pipeline etc.
It seems I can't upgrade alsalib, I've got ALSA compiled into the kernel, and when I try to compile alsalib, it says I need alsa-driver, and when I run ./configure for that, it says I can't use the version compiled into the kernel. Any way around this?
I did upgrade the kernel, but sadly, I found that sound would still stop in xmms at some point in a song. So I decided to look around the xmms options.
When using ALSA, there's an option to use Mmap mode. I had this checked. When I unchecked it, everything worked fine. So, what exactly is Mmap mode? I assume it means Memory Map Mode, but what exactly would that be?