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Old 06-03-2006, 08:39 PM   #1
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Sound in KDE busted in million pieces . . .

Maybe that's a slight exaggeration. Here is the message I got after a dist-upgrade and then restart today (etch):

Sound server fatal error:
cpu overload, aborting
I ran alsaconf, which went fine. Timidity plays midis just fine, it's just the sound in KDE that is broken. When I crank the quality down it *almost* works (sounds start to play), but not quite. Really weird. Any ideas?
Old 06-03-2006, 08:57 PM   #2
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thankfully I temporarily remedied the issue by installing the alsa-oss package and setting the KDE sound system to OSS. However, I am not satisfied with this as a long-term fix. I hate workarounds.
Old 06-07-2006, 03:56 PM   #3
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question: would you mind explaining how you set KDE sound system to OSS? Little things like this are taken for granted, and people like me need 'steps'. Please?
Old 06-07-2006, 04:31 PM   #4
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If its Kanotix head over to the Knaotix forum, there is a thread on artsd causing cpu crashes.

That said there is/was a bug listed with both the last version of alsa and arts. You could try downgrading to the last versions you had installed.

personally I hate dist-upgrade, never done it myself its too easy for things to break. I prefer using Synaptic and updating a few packages at a time. I still have around 110 packages not updated, most have grave bugs, things like sound not working, not rebooting, etc.
Old 06-08-2006, 08:40 PM   #5
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It's not Kanotix, but since Kanotix is basically Debian, it's probably the same bug. Thanks.

I set the sound system to OSS simply by opening Control Center > Sound and Multimedia > Sound System, and clicking the Hardware tab. "Select Audio Device: Open Sound System"


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