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Old 04-14-2004, 08:23 PM   #1
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alsa problem- crashes and mixer settings

i've recently installed alsa using the intel8x0 driver for my onboard ac97 sound card. when i unmute the channels and turn up the volume i can play WAV files and getting event sounds in gnome, etc., but when i run xine i can only play one or two mpeg movies before it crashes. it doesn't seem to matter what kind of files i play (mpeg, avi, etc.), just after a few xine hangs and i have to kill it. after that when i restart xine it says:

main: audio driver probing failed => no audio output

and from then on sound will not work in any program until i reboot. can anybody tell me what's wrong here? i used to have an sblive (emu10k1 non-alsa driver) card in this machine and it was working fine- is this problem due to alsa or to xine?

another related problem is that my mixer settings do not get saved and restored on shutdown/startup. each time i log in and want sound i have to open up the gnome-alsamixer program (the console alsamixer program doesn't work, it complains of "alsamixer: relocation error: alsamixer: symbol sys_siglist, version GLIBC_2.3.3 not defined in file with link time reference"- any ideas on this too?) and unmute the channels and turn up the volume.

thanks for taking the time to read this and please let me know if i can post any more information that might help.

results of lsmod are:

Module Size Used by Tainted: P
ppp_deflate 4504 0 (autoclean)
zlib_deflate 21528 0 (autoclean) [ppp_deflate]
ppp_async 9888 1 (autoclean)
ppp_generic 27424 3 (autoclean) [ppp_deflate ppp_async]
slhc 6844 0 (autoclean) [ppp_generic]
hsfbasic2 116492 2 (autoclean)
hsfserial 27444 2 (autoclean)
hsfengine 1126316 0 (autoclean) [hsfserial]
hsfosspec 35868 1 (autoclean) [hsfbasic2 hsfserial hsfengine]
snd-pcm-oss 44964 0 (autoclean)
snd-mixer-oss 16656 0 (autoclean) [snd-pcm-oss]
snd-intel8x0 24744 2 (autoclean)
snd-ac97-codec 58860 0 (autoclean) [snd-intel8x0]
snd-pcm 90496 1 (autoclean) [snd-pcm-oss snd-intel8x0]
snd-timer 21188 0 (autoclean) [snd-pcm]
gameport 3508 0 (autoclean) [snd-intel8x0]
snd-page-alloc 10676 0 (autoclean) [snd-intel8x0 snd-pcm]
snd-mpu401-uart 5664 0 (autoclean) [snd-intel8x0]
snd-rawmidi 19648 0 (autoclean) [snd-mpu401-uart]
snd-seq-device 6320 0 (autoclean) [snd-rawmidi]
snd 48740 1 (autoclean) [snd-pcm-oss snd-mixer-oss snd-inte
l8x0 snd-ac97-codec snd-pcm snd-timer snd-mpu401-uart snd-rawmidi snd-seq-device
soundcore 7044 4 (autoclean) [snd]
agpgart 48608 3 (autoclean)
nvidia 2126824 6 (autoclean)
parport_pc 19204 1 (autoclean)
lp 9188 0 (autoclean)
parport 39072 1 (autoclean) [parport_pc lp]
autofs 13684 0 (autoclean) (unused)
8139too 18856 0 (unused)
mii 4124 0 [8139too]
sg 37548 0 (autoclean)
sr_mod 18168 0 (autoclean)
ide-scsi 12432 0
ide-cd 35772 0
cdrom 34176 0 [sr_mod ide-cd]
ohci1394 20904 0 (unused)
ieee1394 52044 0 [ohci1394]
usb-storage 69884 0
scsi_mod 110520 4 [sg sr_mod ide-scsi usb-storage]
keybdev 2976 0 (unused)
mousedev 5656 1
hid 22308 0 (unused)
input 6208 0 [keybdev mousedev hid]
usb-uhci 27404 0 (unused)
ehci-hcd 20456 0 (unused)
usbcore 82592 1 [usb-storage hid usb-uhci ehci-hcd]
ext3 73376 1
jbd 56336 1 [ext3]

which all seems find to me.

Old 04-14-2004, 09:25 PM   #2
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Did you install ALSA by compiling from source? I guess this might conflict with the way the standard RH sound setup works. There are instructions for installing from rpm packages at

which might be more reliable. I don't know if the xine problem is related. You could try mplayer instead.
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i installed from RPM's as per the instructions on the page you referred me to
Old 04-15-2004, 10:37 AM   #4
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Does RH use the ARTS sound daemon artsd? I never found a good use for it, and it conflicts with several popular apps such as xine and mplayer. You can check for it in the list of processes given by the command 'ps aux'. If it's running you can kill it with 'killall artsd' and see if it makes any difference.

Next time xine hangs you could also check the last few lines of output from the 'dmesg' command to see if there are any system messages relevant to the problem.


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