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Re: [vox-tech] Sound Problem

Rod touched on what is likely the root cause of the problem:  the artsd
sound server.  I don't know what KDE was thinking.  Well, I know they
were trying to "standardize" and "centralize" but the problem is nothing
"standard" works well with artsd.

I think there are essentially two choices, without doing lots and lots of
work:  run the sound server and accept that RealPlayer won't work,
or do not run the sound server and use RealPlayer but accept that
some of the KDE stuff may not work well.  There's an option in the control
panel to specify whether artsd runs at startup.  I do not use it, and
I can use sound in apps just fine, although I'm certainly not taking care
of all the mixing features and what not of artsd.

I don't think RealPlayer screwed up the sound in your system.  You
probably tried to use RealPlayer, the sound server doesn't cooperate
well, it crashes (but only after occupying lots of CPU time), and that
leaves sound support for other applications iffy.

The artswrapper that is referred to is designed to run as a wrapper
for another application, e.g., invoked using "artswrapper realplayer"
(note: this is not the precise syntax).  It doesn't do anything by

Make sure realplayer is not being started automatically at login.

Does anyone know what the situation is in, say, KDE 3.1?

Good luck.


If you google for artsd user guide you'll find some FAQ info that
discusses much of this.
On Wednesday 13 November 2002 11:35 am, Rod Roark wrote:
> Hi Bob,
> You might try going into the KDE Control Center, select
> Sound and Sound Server, and turning off the sound server.
> Or if it's off, turn it on.  Frankly the artsd server is
> kind of a mystery to me, very poorly documented.
> It could also be that some lock file in /tmp was left when
> Konqueror crashed, so deleting stuff there might fix it.
> -- Rod
> On Wednesday 13 November 2002 10:58 am, Robert G. Scofield wrote:
> > I just installed RealPlayer8 and it's screwed up the sound in my system.
> > The one thing I can still do is play the CD player okay and listen to
> > music. However, there is now now sound when I start or leave KDE.  Also
> > RealPlayer did not do it's startup sound.  I have deleted RealPlayer. 
> > This problem happened after a crash using Kongueror when I was trying to
> > listen to a radio station.  I also get some static now when logging onto
> > Linux, and clicking on icons in KDE.  I get these two error messages:
> >
> > "Sound server warning message:
> > Can't set real-time scheduling priority.
> > You need to run artswrapper as root or
> > setuid root. This means that you will
> > likely not be able to produce acceptable
> > sound (i.e. without clicks and breaks)."
> >
> >
> > "Sound server informational message:
> > sound server suspended"
> >
> > When I log on as root and type "artswrapper" I get this message:
> >
> > ">> running as realtime process now (priority 50)
> > /tmp/mcop-bob is not owned by user"
> >
> > If I type "artswrapper" when I am not root I get this message:
> >
> > "Error while initializing the sound driver:
> > device /dev/dsp can't be opened (Resource temporarily unavailable)"
> >
> > Any ideas as to fix this?
> >
> > Thank you.
> >
> > Bob
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