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Old 06-20-2005, 01:16 AM   #1
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Can't seem to play midis.....

Hey guys, I'll get right down to business. I'm running Red Hat Linux 7.0 Kernel 2.2.16-22 on an i686. My soundcard is a C-Media Electronics C8738.

Now on to the problem:

Ok I'm usually a command line guy but I was writing some HTML and wanted to do it in the GUI so I thought, "Hey, why not listen to some tunes??" So I went my GUI's (GNOME) builtin media player, XMMS. I clicked add to playlist, selected the song, and clicked Ok; nothing happened. It just depressed and the dialog box never went away and the song was never added. So, not wanting to give up, I thought I would try the File Manager. So I went to the directory my songs were being held in and double-clicked one of the songs. All that happened was the little watch appeared and then quickly disappeared; nothing happened. So at this point I became a little confused and a little angry. So I thought I would go were I was the boss, the command line.

The following is what transpired:

[root@localhost /root]# playmidi /home/joeblow/music/swmedley.mid
Playmidi 2.4 Copyright (C) 1994-1997 Nathan I. Laredo, AWE32 by Takashi Iwai
This is free software with ABSOLUTELY NO WARRANTY.
For details please see the file COPYING.
open /dev/sequencer: No such device
[root@localhost /root]#

My response:

WTF!?!?! So I couldn't see what that meant so I went looking for this /dev/sequencer to see if I was somehow missing it. Of course there it was right at that very address. So here we are at the present. I'm confused so I am asking for your help.

Does anyone have any idea how to fix this???
Old 06-21-2005, 03:26 PM   #2
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I typically use timidity to play midi files. There was a recent post in which a person outlined his efforts to install it. It was pretty easy for me, but I did it from source code. You might also find repositories to do it using apt or yum.


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