a few weeks back i started experiencing an issue where i was unable to play mp3s. I'm running Mint6 on a Dell Optiplex GX620, and up until recently i've had no problems playing any audio whatsoever.
I normally use Rhythmbox but thought that the player itself got messed up, so i reinstalled, to no avail. i tried installing amarok, to no avail.
i tried upgrading pulse, alsa, esd, and anything else i could find that was installed already and part of the sound system. no channels are muted.
Here's what happens.
1) i boot.
2) i get to the gdm login screen where it gives me the little chime that says 'hey, log in now -n- stuff' ...
3) i log in, and get my login confirmation chime.
4) i try to play an mp3 using rhythmbox. when i hit play, it acts as though it's going to start playing but the progression bar stays at 0:00 ... it's like the application can't get control of the sound card.
5) i've tried listening to webcast radio (with a web player from the station i listen to) and it doesn't work either, which seems to further my assumption that access to the soundcard has been denied, or is otherwise impossible for some reason.
I've been through a couple posts and rolled back all sound related things (that had been updated) to their original condition.
I've checked my channel settings and nothing is muted.
i had installed virtual box, which i just (while i was posting this) removed, and i'm about to reboot, so i'll post my findings on that in a moment...
has anyone else had this specific problem? i did notice a couple other posts but no one indicated whether they get audio until they log in,etc ....