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Exclusive Audio Issues

Postby davidmn on Sun Apr 03, 2011 1:35 pm

I am running LMDE and I am having some strange audio issues. It would appear that only one program at a time can be outputting audio. This is true for Banshee and Rhythmbox. When they are running no other program can output sound. This is rather annoying. What should I do?

UPDATE
It would appear that the same is also true for playing a youtube video and pidgin's sound not working.
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Re: Exclusive Audio Issues

Postby dawgdoc on Sun Apr 03, 2011 9:21 pm

This post seems to address your issue re: mutually exclusive audio from media players and flash sources.
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Re: Exclusive Audio Issues

Postby davidmn on Mon Apr 04, 2011 1:37 am

My /etc/asound.conf already looks like that.
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Re: Exclusive Audio Issues

Postby Halzen on Mon Apr 04, 2011 1:40 am

A problem very similar actually happened to me just yesterday. I "fixed" it by aptitude purging all of the sound packages that came with LMDE and putting on a fresh Pulseaudio install (with compat packages too, of course). My USB headset started working too - bonus! :P
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Re: Exclusive Audio Issues

Postby davidmn on Mon Apr 04, 2011 2:13 am

Mine isn't just with flash, did you have that issue Halzen?
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Re: Exclusive Audio Issues

Postby Halzen on Mon Apr 04, 2011 2:04 pm

davidmn wrote:Mine isn't just with flash, did you have that issue Halzen?


Well, I don't think anyone said it was just with Flash. I was having two issues that were solved with a full reinstall:
1. When my selected program was playing audio, I heard nothing from background apps or sources.
2. Plugging in a headset caused all sound devices to stop working until I rebooted.

If there is one area that Linux truly needs to play catch-up, it is definitely sound.
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Re: Exclusive Audio Issues

Postby davidmn on Mon Apr 04, 2011 2:06 pm

By full reinstall you mean wiping the drive and installing the entire OS or just sound programs? I figure I may have to do a nuke and pave soon anyway.
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Re: Exclusive Audio Issues

Postby Halzen on Mon Apr 04, 2011 4:42 pm

davidmn wrote:By full reinstall you mean wiping the drive and installing the entire OS or just sound programs? I figure I may have to do a nuke and pave soon anyway.


I'm sorry for the vagueness. By full reinstall, I meant removing everything sound that came with LMDE (PulseAudio, ALSA, and related packages) and doing a fresh PulseAudio install with compat packages.
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Re: Exclusive Audio Issues

Postby davidmn on Tue Apr 05, 2011 2:11 am

This may be a really dumb question, what are compat packages?
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Re: Exclusive Audio Issues

Postby Halzen on Tue Apr 05, 2011 11:34 am

davidmn wrote:This may be a really dumb question, what are compat packages?


There is only one dumb question in existence: "Can I ask you a question?"

As I understand it, compat packages are typically installed alongside a sound driver (PulseAudio, ALSA, OSS, etc.) to provide compatibility with functions that were designed for a different driver. Installing pulseaudio-esound-compat, for example, allows an installed PulseAudio system to completely replace Esound as a software sound driver. My philosophy is (until further notice) that I would rather have one working driver than a bunch of screwy ones. :P
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Re: Exclusive Audio Issues

Postby davidmn on Tue Apr 05, 2011 12:44 pm

I see.

Something to shed more light on the error. I opened a youtube link and started up ryhthmbox, I pressed play on RB while YT was running and it gave me an error about audiosinkbin (I think) then I pressed play again and it said 'Unable to start playback pipeline'.
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