[SOLVED] No Alert sound Thunderbird 3.1.1 0x80004005 (NS_ERROR_FAILURE) - KDE 3.5, Hardy
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It seems that TB requires esound. I installed esound on my Slackware64-current box, and still no sound. I'm gonna keep lookin' 'cause this is bugging the heck out of me. Either that, or I'm going back to 3.0.
I tried to use esound for another notification and it said that esound did not work and was going back to the default. It seems that TB may need to go to something alse. Esound seems to be way outdated.
I'm having the same problem with Thunderbird 3.1.1 under Slackware 13.0 and xfce4. Google finds lots of references to the same error message with earlier versions of Thunderbird (https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=378155) and the solution *seems* to be esound.
But this bug is at least three years old. Does it make sense that three years after this bug was reported 3.0.x works okay without esound but 3.1.1 does not? I'm confused, but will try esound as described in the bug report and see what happens.
cricksen, I'm using alsa also and can play any sound outside of thunderbird without esound. But I can only get sounds from thunderbird by starting the esound daemon (/usr/bin/esd). Just having esound installed is not enough by itself - the daemon must be running.
Correction: to autostart the esound daemon edit /etc/esound/esd.conf and change auto_spawn=0 to auto_spawn=1
It says autospwning is not recomended; it's ambiguous?? But worked for me. If done in ~/.kde/Autostart/esd.desktop it will play a sound during login.
Real question is why does TBird app require esound when existing ALSA sound system plays all .wav files?