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Old 05-20-2006, 07:56 PM   #1
Lizerazu
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Sound stoped working after a a while (FC5, happened to me twice)


Ok, I'm definitely a linux newb but I've been reading these forums the last couple days and am getting the hang of some things.

I installed FC5, it detected sound card and played sound. Installed ATI video drivers, Totem... every thing on stanton-finley.net/fedora_core_5_installation_notes.html

Everything is good, I'm watching DVD's and all that wonderfull stuff (listening to them too). I then install skype. Try to talk to a friend and it doesn't work. After that my sound doesn'nt work. So I read and find issues but can't fix my sound. So I do a full re-install of FC5.

It detects and plays sound on install and I do a yum udate of everything i installed. i go through the install of the things mentioned on the above website and when I go to test my realplayer I notice that I no longer have sound.

I have spent a long time reading through this forum and others and don't fully understand what's going on. I hate not understanding. I also hate the fact that I have no sound when I did before.

Can someone please help me out with this?

Thanks

<edit> Yes, i spelled 'stopped' wrong. I hate it when I do that.

Last edited by Lizerazu; 05-20-2006 at 07:58 PM.
 
Old 05-20-2006, 10:08 PM   #2
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What is likely happening is that some application is holding your soundcard for exclusive use. For example, mplayer sometimes hangs when invoked from the Firefox plugin in such a way that keeps exclusive control of the sound.

The way to correct this is to force the termination of these misbehaving applications. For example, for mplayer:

killall mplayer

and if that doesn't work:

killall -9 mplayer

You can do the same for any process. If you don't know the name of the process, you can use:

ps -Afl | grep mplayer | grep -v grep

Replace 'mplayer' with the name of the program you ran, for example skype or totem (they normally use the name in at least part of the process name).
 
Old 05-21-2006, 07:33 PM   #3
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I didn't check that. I have rebooted my computer several times and the programs are defitely not running now and I still have no sound. I'll keep looking.

Thanks
 
Old 09-13-2006, 09:31 PM   #4
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I'd like to note that i did solve this by downloading and building the alsa drivers from source
 
  


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