Re: Question about linux sound...
- From: "s. keeling" <keeling@xxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sat, 08 Apr 2006 17:49:08 GMT
On Saturday 08 April 2006 01:55, Trixx stood up and spoke the following
words to the masses in /comp.os.linux.misc...:/
I've recently installed linux, and so far everything is working great,
I use debian, which makes installing certain things pretty easy,
however one thing I noticed is that anytime I ever want to use sound,
I either have to close any other apps which may use sound, or even
PS: I have an AC'97 sound card and use 2.4.27-2-386 kernel on debian.
Debian is a nice and stable distribution, but not quite an up-to-date
one in terms of software packages - at least not if you go for what
Debian marks as the "stable" branch. The use of a 2.4.27 kernel in
Linux infidel 2.6.8-2-686 #1 Tue Aug 16 13:22:48 UTC 2005 i686 GNU/Linux
I'm running Sarge/stable. I also go out of my way to avoid the
"bleeding edge." I'd much rather learn from your mistakes than from
mine. With every new version comes both features and bugs.
Important in this respect is that the 2.4-generation of kernels mostly
used the OSS (Open Sound System) drivers, while the default in Linux
2.6 is to use ALSA (Advanced Linux Sound Architecture) for driving the
I use OSS. "Multimedia audio controller: ESS Technology ES1983S
Maestro-3i PCI Audio Accelerator."
If the sound issue is really important to you and provided that you
succeed in achieving full duplex functionality with a 2.6 kernel and
ALSA drivers, then I would advise you to switch to a different
distribution, or perhaps one of the "marked less stable" Debian
For the original poster, make sure all the sound apps are using the
same sound system. Mixing esd and arts is generally what fouls this
up. Run each app individually and configure it correctly.
Any technology distinguishable from magic is insufficiently advanced.
(*) http://www.spots.ab.ca/~keeling Linux Counter #80292
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