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Re: [vox-tech] sound, kde, xmms, arts
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Re: [vox-tech] sound, kde, xmms, arts



I had the same problem with Arts and XMMS (same symptoms for Xawtv).
However, I FIXED the problem by switching from OSS sound drivers to Alsa.
It sounds like you're using Alsa, so that can't work.

I still have a weird problem with XMMS and Arts - whenever I click play
for the first time in a KDE session, I have to wait about a minute before
anything happens.  What's up with that mysterious latency?

What about recompiling upgrading XMMS so that it can know about your other
recent changes?  This may sound like a dumb suggestion, but you said
yourself _when i upgraded, this happened..._

There is a 1.2.9 available that apparently fixes an Alsa bug (with Fedora,
but it may be effecting you too): http://www.xmms.org/

On Tue, 17 Feb 2004, Jonathan Stickel wrote:

> I've struggled along time with getting multiple applications to play
> nice together with sound.  I use KDE, so generally arts likes to take
> control of sound.  I've detested the awful latency of arts, but I had
> begun to just accept it because it does mix sound sources well.  For
> example, I can play mp3s with xmms (using arts) and notification sounds
> from GAIM (using arts) will come through OK (also using arts).  However,
> if I use ALSA (or OSS via ALSA-OSS emulation) for xmms, the sounds from
> GAIM don't come through until I stop my music.
>
> With my recent upgrade to KDE 3.2 (and arts 1.2), arts is broken in xmms
>   (ver. 1.2.8):  xmms locks up when I hit "play" and I have to kill it.
>   I can still use xmms with ALSA and OSS, but only if I completely kill
> arts.  I was not able to find a way to fix xmms+arts.
>
> So I tried other mp3 players, specifically juk and noatun.  In addition
> to the familiar arts latency, I get _skipping_ when playing mp3s.  After
> some research, I set suid for artswrapper and decreased my sound buffer
> (via KDE's control center).  This actually got rid of the latency, but
> my music still skips!  This did not happen when I was able to use xmms
> with arts.
>
> What can I do to make sound "just work"?  Is there anything else I can
> try with arts?
>
> I read a little about how to open more than 1 pcm channel with ALSA, but
> it seemed a little complicated.  I may yet give it a try.  BTW:  I get
> ALSA support through my 2.6 kernel, if that makes a difference.
>
> Jonathan
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