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Old 01-04-2005, 03:43 AM   #1
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Alsa sound problem


I configured my alsa driver with ./configure --with-cards=intel8x0 before making and installing. after make install, alsaconf found my card and reported ok, then i checked alsamixer and everything seemed all right.

here comes the problem: I am using KDE 3.3 and the sound server is conflicting with other programs like xine or vlc. if i wanna use all sound events, i need to enable sound server in control center, but this make it impossible for xine to play movie with audio, and vice versa.

However, this was not a problem while i was using gnome several weeks ago, I installed the package for multiple channel mixing, which is also the package i have now in kde, but it doesn't seem to work as it did before.

Another problem is that I can't get my mic to work, it turns itself off all the time but i can bring the volumn right up to the maximum. i used FC2 before but it wasn't a problem back then.

Any ideas?

Old 01-04-2005, 07:11 AM   #2
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rerun alsaconf and check that it find the card

type alsamixer and select input/output routing

and to save those settings, type alsactl store
that might be why the mic gets turned of...

Hope this helps a bit..

Old 01-05-2005, 02:02 AM   #3
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Originally posted by dslboy
rerun alsaconf and check that it find the card

type alsamixer and select input/output routing
I ran alsamixer again and it finds the card, and it works, just conflicting between kde sound server and xine or other thrid party media programs.

but i can not find input/output routing in my alsamixer
Old 01-06-2005, 01:53 AM   #4
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I'd guess that you're running integrated sound which probably does not have hardware mixing of sounds, meaning that only one sound can be sent to it at once. I expect that KDE's ARTS is not letting go of the one sound output available, meaning that when xine tries to get an output through alsa, there aren't any free ones, and hence, it cannot play any sound.

Possible fixes if I am correct (you did say card, so... I might not be) are:
Tell xine to output to arts (will only work when arts is started - you'd have to be running kde or start it yourself)
Tell KDE to let go of the output quicker - I think I saw an option in the control center for this. Once kde has let go and xine grabs the output through alsa, kde won't be able to make sounds until xine is done and lets go.


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