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Old 11-21-2005, 04:54 AM   #1
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xmms cannot open audio

Greetings, I have installed xmms and when trying to play an MP3 I get

Error: Couldn't open audio

Please check that the soundcard is configured properly.
Please check no other program is blocking the soundcard.

I'm pretty sure nothing else (that I can find) is using audio. Xine and mplayer are both working fine. Also xmms cannot connect to sites such as whereas xine can. I really like xmms so any help would be much appreciated
Old 11-21-2005, 05:14 AM   #2
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May help to go into prefernces and check that the output plugin is set to the correct one - ie if you use alsa, make sure its set for alsa

Try setting it some other plugins and see what happens - I set mine for arts but to do this you will need to start the arts daemon by the command artsd in terminal, which you can also put in your .xinitrc (artsd & ) to have it auto run when starting X
Old 11-21-2005, 05:28 AM   #3
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Hey thanks, that was it. I just had to set it to alsa. Now does anyone know why I get a 404 error anytime I try connecting to streaming audio? Is there anything that would be preventing xmms from accessing the internet?
Old 11-21-2005, 05:43 AM   #4
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404 is a "files not exist" error....

so if this is the error so xmms (or the browse) is not beeing able to find the file...
check to see if the protocol used are right and if the location realy exist....

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Old 11-24-2005, 09:13 AM   #5
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Thanks, this post was very helpful. I had my xmms output plugin set to Disk Writer and it would never play anything. I changed it to OSS Driver and works like a charm now for MP3 files.
Thx, Sid.


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