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In both Slackware 11 and 12, I have not been able to play midi files. KDE installs a midi player. I've fired it up, picked a midi file and the player goes through all the motions of playing the file, but there is no sound.
Other than midi files the sound card works perfectly and I've installed Timidity, but no joy. Is there a "switch" somewhere I need to throw?
If it looks like it's playing, then everything else should be ok but you either have muted the midi device, or you are using the wrong midi device (it could be using a dummy sound device, for example). If you're using ALSA, check alsamixer and make sure there are levels high enough (and unmuted), and if that doesn't help, see what device your player is using.
Maybe you don't have patches. Midi files have notes, but no sounds. Timidity and other midi players are often installed together with the "freepats" patch set, but there are other patch sets around, and you can also use Soundfonts. If you don't know whether you have patches, "locate timidity.cfg" and look in that file with an editor for a list of files with patches (if you have them).
Audacious is in Slackware 12 and it has midi plugins (timidity), still doesn't work. I gave up on midi a long time ago. Its just something that never worked for me under Linux, but at the same time it wasn't crucial at all. *shrug*
Hi, lately i installed prboom on my laptop and i couldn't get the music to play following the directions from the prboom homepage
The SDL_mixer library used by PrBoom supports software MIDI music synthesis. If you want to hear the Doom music, you need a set of Timidity instrument patches. Get the timidity.tar.gz from the bottom of the SDL_mixer page, and extract in /usr/local/lib. You may need to symlink /usr/local/lib/timidity/timidity.cfg to /etc/timidity — see the console output from PrBoom to see where it is looking for this file.
I don't post nor host my own stuff on SlackBuilds.org. I am an admin of SBo and scrutinize the submissions, but I keep my own stuff in my own repository. My SlackBuild scripts do things different than the scripts on SBo in many ways. At SlackBuilds.org we have the goal to keep the SlackBuild scripts as simple as possible.
It's a TiMidity++ SlackBuild that also installs eawpats and adds a TiMidity script to rc.d. Afterwards, you will have a working MIDI port at 128:0. You will also be able to use TiMidity to play MIDI files directly, and hear music in games that use the TiMidity libraries (such as prBoom and Exult).
I've tested it on a fresh full install of Slackware 12.