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Old 12-19-2010, 06:19 PM   #1
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Slackware Virgin - Sound Card Issue - ! Programs at Once

I touch the plunge today and went from Linux Mint 10 to Slackware 13.1 64 bit in hopes of continuing my Linux education.

I overcame some new challenges and have many of the functions up and going. However, I have one challenge I am not sure where to start.Any time a I start a application that acceses the sound card then start another the second program can't access. (Example Amarok then Mplayer. So Mplayer won't work).

The error message-> Alsa Error : snd_pcmf_open failed. Device or resource busy.

Any thoughts ?
Old 12-19-2010, 06:54 PM   #2
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Install the gnomeslackbuild, , and use pulseaudio like you did in Mint.
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Is that the only option ? I wanted to get away from gnome. I a currently using XFCE.
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As root, run alsaconf to make sure your sound card is properly detected.

Then run alsamixer to configure your settings; it's muted by default.

Run alsactl store to save the settings.

I cannot recommend pulseaudio. I have it on my Ubuntu laptop, and I have never encountered the audio problems with Slackware and ALSA that I encounter regularly with pulseaudio. I put up with it--what's an occasional reboot that takes fewer than two minutes?--because the computer has a Broadcom wireless chip and the wireless works. I've fought the Linux wireless wars before.

Even the pulseaudio website reports that pulse cannot yet be considered stable.
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