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Old 09-03-2005, 01:51 AM   #1
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xine "Audio output unavailable. Device is busy."

I have Kaffeine to watch DVDs on my machine. It was working fine, except that my 5.1 speaker system is reduced to 2.1 (front right and left, subwoofer), for reasons I don't understand. In an attempt to fix this, I was reading about the .asoundrc file that you can create in your home directory. I created the default file as described over at the ALSA site:

pcm.!default {
type hw
card 0

ctl.!default {
type hw
card 0

However, when I went back to Kaffeine, I now get:

xine Message "Audio output unavailable. Device is busy. ()"

I tried deleting .asoundrc, and restarting my machine, but I still get the same message. I don't understand what I could have done to modify the system. Can anyone enlighten me?
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xine Message "Audio output unavailable. Device is busy. ()"

That will also happen sometimes when you have Mozilla or Firefox open when you are trying to use a media player. Firefox/Mozilla will hang on to the audio device. I don't know why. Copy the link to clipboard, close the browser, wait a sec, see if Xine will play it. Or close the browser when you are playing local files. Firefox does that all of the time on this BSD machine.
Old 09-04-2005, 10:23 PM   #3
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Didn't work. I'm fairly certain I had both the browser and Kaffeine open at the same time before all of this started.

Thanks for responding though. I appreciate it.
Old 05-13-2006, 01:19 PM   #4
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I solved a problem that sounds similar...

I couldn't play anything with xine players, but other players worked fine. So I removed xine configuration files from my home directory:
(you might have something in .xine as well, or some Kaffeine configuration directory - I don't have Kaffeine)
and then it all worked.

Not sure what the actual problem is. I suspect it might be that xine is trying to access the wrong device (for myself, anything other than /dev/dsp).


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