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Old 06-20-2009, 01:55 PM   #1
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Fedora 11 problem with mplayer

I have just completed an install of Fedora 11. The install went reasonable well, and I have worked through a number of issues but there is still one that persists -- inconsistent sound.

RealPlayer and kplayer work fine but when I run mplayer on the command line no sound is produced, even though it runs without any errors.

I am a fairly experienced linux user, but I'm baffled at this point.

I hope someone has the answer.
Thanks, Bruce
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And if you 'mplayer -ao help', pick one and supply "-ao <yourchoice>"?
Old 06-21-2009, 01:10 PM   #3
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there is a bug in fedora 11 sound .the update of two days ago " should" have fixed it .
if not you will need to configure it to use hw0 instead of auto .
this can be done easer in the default gui gnome-mplayer . it is installed by default.
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Thanks, JohnW, for the info.

After trying a number of things like modifying mplayer.conf, reinstalling alsa, and others which included a yum update, mplayer started working. Since it wasn't clear which of my efforts changed it, I wasn't confident that the problem was actually fixed (would if reappear when I reboot in a month or two?). But the fact that the problem went away about the time of the update you spoke of, makes me think that it was that bug which was my problem.

I'm not clear what you meant by configuring it to use hw0 instead of auto. Could you elaborate? Which configuration file has "auto" or "hw0" and what is a "hw0"?

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There is a known issue with stock FC11 and PulseAudio on certain sound cards (notably Creative SBLive).

If you're concerned about it reappearing, this is how I fixed it manually, without having to do the "hw0" conversion mentioned above or using auto-updates:

Some of the steps detailed here will also get OSS back up and working (if you have stock Fedora 11, OSS is disabled by default)


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