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Jack128 07-30-2009 08:01 PM

Slackware64-current KDE4 Soundserver problem (esd / eSound)
I running Slackware64-current with KDE4,
all is working fine, but I recovered a
issue with the esd / eSound Soundserver.
It don't boot up, and KDE won't use him
so I get an error:


The audio playback device "esound (ESD)" does not work.
If I manually try to start esd, no error will
be printed on a terminal, but a search for him
in the output of "ps aux" gives the result, the
daemon isn't running.

It esd outdated? Should I use another soundserver?
And if yes witch is good to use? But please no Arts,
because it will not be further developed. =/ In KDE3
he worked quiet well, even with surround.

Please, give me some advice. =)
Thanks in advance.

Best regards,

grissiom 07-31-2009 06:45 PM

ESD doesn't work here neither....

Jack128 08-03-2009 12:34 PM

Ok, I thought there were an error in my
configuration. So witch soundserver should
I use now? Arts and Esd are outdated. Can
someone recommend me a good soundserver?

Thanks for the info grissiom.

Best regards,

disturbed1 08-03-2009 02:18 PM

Phonon replaced fARTs in KDE4. Personally, I've never used a sound server, and this is the first thing I either remove or disable. Pure alsa does the job for me :)

Jack128 08-03-2009 04:21 PM

aRts was fine in KDE3. Never had trouble with
it, and it was easy to use too. ;) Phonon is
only an Multimedia-API, not an soundserver.
So I don't think Phonon supports realtime
mixing, so I would need a soundserver, because
my hardware don't support hardware mixing. ;)

I've read a lot about JACK and PulseAudio,
and now I would try PulseAudio first.

Best regards,

disturbed1 08-03-2009 06:30 PM


Originally Posted by Jack128 (Post 3630044)
Phonon is
only an Multimedia-API, not an soundserver.
Best regards,

A cross-platform multimedia API, interfacing with existing frameworks, such as gstreamer and xine engines. KDE 2 and 3 depended on aRts for sound. Phonon replaces it.

If your soundcard does not support hardware mixing, you might have trouble with jack. I reserve the right to keep silent about Pulse audio. Even the pulse devs will tell you it should not be included. If you go for pulse audio - be sure to research the security flaws, and ways to patch it.

Forgot this -
I see that arts was a sound server, and Phonon replaces it - but is not a sound server. What is KDE using as a sound server now?

Jack128 08-04-2009 03:17 AM

Phonon supports aRts, JACK, ESD and PulseAudio.
You can choose free, but aRts and ESD are outdated,
so I got only JACK and PulseAudio as option.

I've read the infos / warnings about PulseAudio.
So only JACK remains. =(

Best regards,

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