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Old 08-21-2004, 04:56 AM   #1
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something strange playing mp3 in slackware 10

hi all!

i noticed a strange behaviour of audio system in slackware 10... i found some threads in this forum that i think related this problem but no one noticed this:

at first i want to say this problem happens with both 2.4.x and 2.6.7 kernels form slack 10

ATTENTION! Read all the message!

... when i try to play mp3 files, xmms starts but doesn't play files... if i click on "play" button xmms SEEMS to freeze... but it doesn't...

in fact, if i wait for some seconds or a minute... xmms begin to play...

...and then all works fine...

... but...

if i play a sound file with another player... for example kaboodle... and then i want to use xmms again...

xmms doesn't play AGAIN...

ok.... now.. some other informations....

1) if i play a sound file with kaboodle... i can open many other kaboodle sessions and make them playing together...

2) if i play mp3 files with xmms and i want to open a kaboodle session... kaboodle doesn't play until i "stop" xmms...

i think the problem is related to device owning... but i can't understand where to out my hands...

as additional informations i can say that:

1) i tried to change all xmms audio plugin...
2) to recompile alsa from scratch...
3) downgrade xmms version

but nothing...

...slackware 9.1 worked very well!!!

have you some ideas???
Old 08-21-2004, 04:55 PM   #2
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Hmm... another ambivalent user migrated from the platform that "Just works"(tm).

Short answer: That behavior is normal.
Long answer: Universally accepted, full-proof software sound mixing (a la DirectX, DirectShow) is not implemented in Linux by default. You have to use sound applications that use the same "sound server" like aRts (KDE) or whatever (Gnome) for playing all of your files. Otherwise, you get the Three Stooges effect on the sound card input.

Sensing that you have KDE installed (thumbs up) try using Juk for your MP3 playing needs. Or amaroK if you need to listen to radio stations. amaroK is still a developing mess though. There is also Kaffeine (A GUI for Xine) - for listenning of Windows Media streams and MP3 streams. They all will output sound to aRts - no "soundcard busy" issues.

You may find usefull on your journey.

Look here ("sound does not multitask" thread) for more discussion.

Last edited by suslik; 08-21-2004 at 05:08 PM.


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