Help answer threads with 0 replies.
Go Back > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Software
User Name
Linux - Software This forum is for Software issues.
Having a problem installing a new program? Want to know which application is best for the job? Post your question in this forum.


  Search this Thread
Old 04-24-2009, 09:27 AM   #1
Registered: Dec 2005
Posts: 143

Rep: Reputation: 15
oss audio output error: cannot open audio device (/dev/dsp)? Bug? Config error?

On windoz, when I have a DVD playing, an mp3 playing, a video going in Firefox while playing a video game, I can hear everybody screaming over everybody else. Linux seems to have the first audio player get exclusive access to the sound hardware which locks everybody else out.

In fact, If I start a VLC movie successfully and then start a Firefox flash video, Firefox will often crash entirely requiring a root -> `killall firefox` to remove the dead windows.

If I start a Firefox video and then kill the entire tab (page), I still can not get audio from any other source (vlc movie or rhythmbox) until i kill Firefox. Flash on Linux has always been buggy.

Rhythmbox an VLC play nicer together. I can stop one and the other will then play without killing the other.

Sometimes, quiet background music is nice while listening to the BBC World Service. Es Possible?

Is there an audio configuration option to stop the exclusive locking of the audio? If windoz can do it, how hard could it be?

Thank you,

Old 04-25-2009, 04:18 AM   #2
LQ 5k Club
Registered: Oct 2003
Location: Western Australia
Distribution: Icewm
Posts: 5,842

Rep: Reputation: Disabled

well sound varies from distro to distro...they each tend to use their own preferred sound servers.

if you go for kde4...the new server...aka Phonon...can easily handle 2 more sound files playing thru same sound device see my wiki link if interested....naturally you should do the full monty and convert to sidux and go straight to multimedia heaven....heh heh
altho I may have some non-free codecs installed...I can't recall


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Failed to open audio device (/dev/dsp): No such device stevesk Slackware 6 01-01-2009 06:29 AM
/dev/audio, /dev/dsp and /dev/mixer missing in Debian Etch 1337_penguin Debian 2 04-11-2007 11:33 AM
Real Player Cannot open the audio device Error windle Linux - Software 2 01-23-2007 01:13 PM
XMMS problem : ** WARNING **: oss_open(): Failed to open audio device (/dev/dsp): sureshrk19 Slackware 4 04-01-2004 09:17 PM
/dev/dsp + device busy/no audio + esd mghere Linux - Newbie 7 12-11-2003 11:51 PM > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Software

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:48 PM.

Main Menu
Write for LQ is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration