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Old 04-12-2008, 04:26 PM   #1
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No ALSA support in wine.

Ok, so I have been looking for about a week now and I am not having a lot of luck.

Wine 0.9.59
open Suse 10.3
Realtek ALC650D (onboard sound)

The Issue:
I am not able to get ALSA support in wine. It was working under an older version, however the game I was playing was locking up at exit, forcing me to kill it from a terminal window.

I have full sound in the desktop environment (KDE) but none in my game. If I put ALSA in the regestry to force it, winecfg removes it.

So I have installed all of the ALSA dev libraries that I can find, and It is still not detecting it I think I recompiled correctly, but I am not sure. (complete noob here)

Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.

>> I have searched these forums, the one post I found suggested going into winecfg and selecting ALSA. I will clarify, that it is not there.

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Old 04-12-2008, 05:11 PM   #2
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KDE uses arts for sound. I suggest do not use arts. Yes it can use ALSA, but I suggest do not use KDE sound or do not let it control sound. I suggest use a lighter window/desktop manager.

WINE does not do well between upgrades and does not do well on downgrades. I suggest make a new fake windows installation every time you upgrade or downgrade.

I suggest start with ie4linux scripts to create a fake windows directory that sets up Internet Explorer in $HOME/.ie4linux. Copy the contents in $HOME/.ie6linux/ie6 to $HOME/.wine which is your default WINE directory. Then re-install programs.

Using the ALSA portion to play sound is dependent on your $HOME/.asoundrc and /etc/asound.conf. These files are not require to be there in order to play sound with ALSA. It is require if they are there, they need to have the correct syntax and not have any errors. If a program such as mplayer errors when outputting audio through ALSA, you could have a problem with either of those files.

Sorry this might seem confusing.

BTW, I did use ALSA with WINE, but the latency sucks.
Old 04-12-2008, 07:12 PM   #3
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Keep in mind, there may be underlying issues that are causing your problem. Wine is not compatible with all Windows-based software, and most notably, games. You may need to use Cedega, instead. Go here to check the compatibility of your game.



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