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I'm running Mandrake 8.2 with the xmms from the c.d and when i try running amsn (alvaros msn messenger) those 2 programs hang till i kill one of them, and i noticed that it was because of sound, now in alvaro you can set what command is used to play sound and all it is, is 'play' does anyone know how i can stop these two from conflicting....
Well they aren't all necessarily using 'play' to produce sound. But the problem may lie in the ability of your soundcard. Check into half duplex and full duplex. Although I remember someone saying that the difference is in recording and playing at the same time rather than 2 things using the card at the same time for output, so I don't know if that'll help.
Try doing all this in another window manager, like flux or e or something. Try the same setup, xmms and amsn. What I am thinking is that your sound server (as suggested by Acid) might be your limitation right now. At least if you can figure that out, then you have somewhere to go.
Probably nothing, as I said I remember someone telling me it had to do with recording during playback, so it probably doesn't have any baring here. Sorry for mentioning it as I was just 'typing aloud'.
All i found in the CP in the sound area about arts is the option to start it when KDE starts up and also this thing that says Display message using artsmessage....hmm thats about it...maybe its in the I/O tab...it has an option to use custom sound device...maybe something could go there....