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Just within the past week or so, XMMS won't play when I'm logged in as user, but it works fine if I log in as root. As user, I get the following error message:
Couldn't open audio
Please check that:
1. You have the correct output plugin selected (I do: OSS Driver [libOSS.so]) 2. No other programs [sic] is blocking the soundcard (none are, that I can see) 3. Your soundcard is configured properly (it seems to be)
I tried replacing my user XMMS config file (~/.xmms/config) with the root config file -- changing ownership & permissions -- and it still didn't work.
I had problems with XMMS (and other non-KDE soundcard-using apps) and KDE a while back too. I solved them by going to the KDE Control Centre and turning off the sound server (aRts). I recommend you do the same!
If you don't like the, er, sound of that, you can supposedly make aRts-unaware apps work with aRts by using artsdsp. Haven't tried that myself, though.