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#1 2012-09-23 16:42:33

radagast89
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Registered: 2011-12-27
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Lost Sound in Some Applications

A few days ago, I suddenly lost sound in mplayer, Quod Libet and Second Life.  Other programs like VLC and my web browsers are unaffected.  I don't even know where to start looking for the answer to this one.  Does anyone have any ideas?

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#2 2012-09-25 02:37:52

shengchieh
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Re: Lost Sound in Some Applications

Which program you used last to make sound?  Kill it completely.  Open up a terminal and do

ps -ef

and find the program that is still running (and haven't release the sound).  And then

pkill [name of program]

Sheng-Chieh

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#3 2012-09-25 15:03:04

radagast89
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Re: Lost Sound in Some Applications

I've rebooted multiple times, so I wouldn't think it could be caused by a running process.  Am I wrong about that?

I also have one new piece of information.  One time when I opened Quod Libet to test it, it worked.  I closed and reopened it, and it hasn't worked since.

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#4 2012-09-25 15:18:15

xaos52
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Registered: 2011-06-24
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Re: Lost Sound in Some Applications

You are  right, after a reboot all devices are initialized. No running process is then monopolizing a device.
I dont know Quod Libet. Perhaps it pulled in something that changed your sound configuration.
You should be able to check that in /var/log/apt/history or /var/log/aptitude/history and /var/log/dpkg.

Did you install using apt or aptitude?

Download the alsa-info.sh from this location: http://www.alsa-project.org/main/index. … p_To_Debug

Run th script, and postit to the alsa site, tthen publish the reference in this forum.

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#5 2012-09-26 01:57:27

radagast89
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Registered: 2011-12-27
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Re: Lost Sound in Some Applications

I installed using aptitude.  I checked my aptitude and dpkg logs, but I didn't see anything helpful.  I tried to get the alsa-info script, but the file is not found.  I've done some searching trying to track it down, but every link seems to be dead.  Does anyone know another location to grab that file?

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#6 2012-09-26 07:08:33

xaos52
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Registered: 2011-06-24
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Re: Lost Sound in Some Applications

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#7 2012-09-27 22:49:37

radagast89
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Registered: 2011-12-27
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Re: Lost Sound in Some Applications

I ran the script, and my results are at http://www.alsa-project.org/db/?f=c3130 … fc1c0c04b5

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#8 2012-09-28 09:51:27

xaos52
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Registered: 2011-06-24
Posts: 4,595

Re: Lost Sound in Some Applications

ESound Daemon:
      Installed - Yes (/usr/bin/esd)
      Running - No

You probably need esd running to get sound from the applications you mentioned.

I dont know if you can run it together with pulseaudio without them interfering with each other. You will have to try it out.

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#9 2012-09-28 09:55:57

el_koraco
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Registered: 2011-07-25
Posts: 4,747

Re: Lost Sound in Some Applications

Maybe try to install pulseaudio-esound-compat

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#10 2012-09-29 05:50:15

radagast89
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Registered: 2011-12-27
Posts: 13

Re: Lost Sound in Some Applications

How do I get esound running?  Nothing I've tried makes it show as running in the output of alsa-info.sh.

el_koraco, I have pulseaudio-esound-compat installed.

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#11 2012-10-05 18:14:19

radagast89
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Registered: 2011-12-27
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Re: Lost Sound in Some Applications

Sorry to bump my own thread, but I still don't have a solution.  In the mean time I've tried uninstalling and reinstalling esound and pulseaudio multiple times to no avail.  No matter how I'm set up, the applications that have sound have sound and the few that lost it don't get it back.

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