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Old 08-13-2006, 07:03 AM   #1
Paulsrud
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Several Amarok 1.3.9 problems


I've seen alot of these threads about Amarok chrashing/freezing and such. I use Amarok 1.3.9 with (KDE 3.5.2) on Ubuntu dapper. I frequently experience problems with this program such as it mysteriously crashing, freezing , suddenly not able to play songs, and sometimes it's not able to use my external soundcard which, when I try say rythmbox , works fine, And sometimes it does work fine. Itseems very unstable for me. Maybe I should just update to a newer version? please help, I like this better then Rhythmbox although that never chrases for me.
yes, and Running amarok through console gives this.

Code:
X Error: BadDevice, invalid or uninitialized input device 168
  Major opcode:  145
  Minor opcode:  3
  Resource id:  0x0
Failed to open device
X Error: BadDevice, invalid or uninitialized input device 168
  Major opcode:  145
  Minor opcode:  3
  Resource id:  0x0
Failed to open device
amaroK: [Loader] Starting amarokapp..
amaroK: [Loader] Don't run gdb, valgrind, etc. against this binary! Use amarokapp.
X Error: BadDevice, invalid or uninitialized input device 168
  Major opcode:  145
  Minor opcode:  3
  Resource id:  0x0
Failed to open device
X Error: BadDevice, invalid or uninitialized input device 168
  Major opcode:  145
  Minor opcode:  3
  Resource id:  0x0
Failed to open device
X Error: BadDevice, invalid or uninitialized input device 168
  Major opcode:  145
  Minor opcode:  3
  Resource id:  0x0
Failed to open device
X Error: BadDevice, invalid or uninitialized input device 168
  Major opcode:  145
  Minor opcode:  3
  Resource id:  0x0
Failed to open device
kbuildsycoca running...
QLayout: Adding KToolBar/mainToolBar (child of QVBox/unnamed) to layout for PlaylistWindow/PlaylistWindow
Don't know what it meens, but it starts anyway after i got that message and was able to use my external soundcard.
 
Old 08-13-2006, 07:32 AM   #2
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Im gonna guess tha infamous device 168 is your external soundcard... this loooks to me more of a driver/kernel problem than an Amarok problem. Have you checked around to see if your external soundcard (whichever brand and model is, since you omitted that important info in your post ) has a history of causing problems with Alsa?

Uh... wait. Im assuming you are using alsa and maybe xine. But since you neglected to post what engine and some other vital info to debug you problem.....

How about some more detail info?

Also, I noticed that you mention that its Ubuntu you are working at, not Kubuntu. A long time ago (two years ) when I was a new Linux user and I worked with Gnome (cause it was the default in Fedora and cause I didn't know better) I learned that mixing Gnome with Kapps can be dangerous (Not the other way around - that is KDE with g-apps) specially when it comes to sound apps and anything that might want to have total control of a resource such as a soundcard.

Hope this long answer/rant helps you.
 
Old 08-13-2006, 07:50 AM   #3
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Yes I also guessed that was the soundcard device. It's a M-audio MobilePre, and there is infact that I guess should require drivers installation to use (since it came with a drivers cd) I was using it for Windows before but recently migrated. There are Linux drivers for this device for download, but it freaking cost money to use after a while!
but anyway, I thought i wouldn't need it, because it has worked fine, and does work fine with everything else!!. Ubuntu is able to find it and use it.
I am using ALSA. In amarok settings it also says I'm using Xine. Output plugin said Autodetect, so I changed that to alsa, that's perhaps better?
I consider myself pretty much in the newbie (perhaps Rookie ) state, so I don't know really what kind of details to give. I thought the KDE thing might have something to do with it, Since I of course use Gnome, I usually try to avoid installing KDE.
 
Old 08-13-2006, 01:14 PM   #4
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I don't know really why but after changing Output plugin from autodetect to alsa it hasn't crashed since..I don't know if that did it. wait and see.

Edit: I belive infact it works better now somehow. but I got one crash a while a go, error message said something like. "couldn't find Kmail" ?

Last edited by Paulsrud; 08-14-2006 at 03:10 AM.
 
  


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