I had the same problem with alsa on three ubuntu boxes. Switching to ESD according to the instructions from bored2k (http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.p...e+sound+daemon
) on the ubuntu forums solved the problem. Oops, I'vejust realised that if you use Kubuntu ESD won't be of much use to you. But if anyone else is having static problems in Ubuntu this worked for me. I've copied them below:
Preferably for AC97 Sound
1. Install alsa-oss
2. Install alsa-headers
3. Make sure you have libesd0 and gstreamer0.8-esd installed. (if not, install)
4. Make sure esound and esound-common are installed. (if not, install)
5. Install alsa-base
6. Install alsa-utils
7. Install gstreamer0.8-alsa
8. Install libpt-plugins-alsa
1. Right click on the little volume control in your top panel and the
choose Open volume control.
2a. *IF* it opens, you should see two tabs, one for OSS and the other
for Alsa. Make sure nothing is muted.
2b. If it does not open and instead gives you an error, let me know.
We're going to switch you to a sound daemon that allows multiple sounds.
1. In gstreamer-properties, change the Default Sink to output: ESD -
Enlightenment Sound Daemon (Why not alsa you ask? Because alsa makes
crackling noises with the ac97)
2. Change your Output plugin in XMMS to eSound output plugin. (You
also might want to think about using beep-media-player ; it's
essentially identical to xmms, uses same plugins and skins, only it's
made for gtk2 and it's much nicer.)
3. Enable your sound server startup.