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Streaming Pulseaudio over network

Postby jb8350i on Thu Sep 17, 2009 3:39 pm

I would like to be able to play the audio from my desktop (running mint) to my htpc (also running mint) over the network. I've got it to where I'm able to control the volume of the desktop on the desktop's speakers from the htpc, but after quite awhile of playing with it, I've been unable to get the desktop feed to come out of the htpc. I'm sure I've just missed a check box somewhere, but I don't know - this is all still fairly new to me.

Any ideas?
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Re: Streaming Pulseaudio over network

Postby DrHu on Thu Sep 17, 2009 3:42 pm

For an appropriate answer from anyone who might know
--more context needed, hardware:software

In terminal, check
    inxi -F
    --short list of all hardware, both computers
    inxi -h
    --help options for the inxi command
http://www.ubuntugeek.com/sound-solutio ... ent-page-1
http://x4.6times7.org/dokuwiki/doku.php ... pulseaudio
Also will depend on audio chipsets, for example Intel hd audio can be problematic..
https://wiki.edubuntu.org/PulseAudio
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Re: Streaming Pulseaudio over network

Postby jb8350i on Thu Sep 17, 2009 4:21 pm

I tried that first link you posted

http://x4.6times7.org/dokuwiki/doku.php ... pulseaudio

And still didn't get anything from the desktop.

Here's the results of inxi

Desktop:

System: Host james-desktop-mint Kernel 2.6.28-11-generic i686 (32 bit) Distro Linux Mint 7 Gloria - Main Edition
CPU: Single core Intel Pentium 4 (UP) cache 512 KB flags (sse2) bmips 4823.79 clocked at 2411.895 MHz
Graphics: Card nVidia NV34 [GeForce FX 5200] X.Org 1.6.0 Res 1440x900@50.0hz
GLX Renderer GeForce FX 5200/AGP/SSE2 GLX Version 2.1.2 NVIDIA 173.14.16
Audio: Card-1 VIA VT8233/A/8235/8237 AC97 Audio Controller driver VIA 82xx Audio at port e800
Card-2 C-Media Electronics CM8738driver C-Media PCI at port d400
Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture Version 1.0.18rc3
Network: Card VIA VT6102 [Rhine-II] driver via-rhine at port ec00
Disks: HDD Total Size: 530.1GB (43.6% used) 1: /dev/sda FUJITSU MHW2120B 120.0GB 2: /dev/sdb FUJITSU MHZ2080B 80.0GB
3: /dev/sdc ST380215A 80.0GB 4: /dev/sdd WDC WD2500JB-00G 250.1GB
Partition: ID:/ size: 109G used: 11G (11%) ID:swap-1 size: 1.20GB used: 0.00GB (0%) ID:swap-2 size: 2.22GB used: 0.00GB (0%)
Info: Processes 117 Uptime 15 min Memory 318.7/749.8MB Client Shell inxi 1.0.6

HTPC:

System: Host james-htpc Kernel 2.6.28-11-generic i686 (32 bit) Distro Linux Mint 7 Gloria - Main Edition
CPU: Single core Intel Pentium 4 (UP) cache 512 KB flags (sse2) bmips 3987.14 clocked at 1993.574 MHz
Graphics: Card nVidia NV44A [GeForce 6200] X.Org 1.6.0 Res 1024x768@50.0hz
GLX Renderer GeForce 6200/PCI/SSE2 GLX Version 2.1.2 NVIDIA 180.44
Audio: Card Intel 82801DB/DBL/DBM (ICH4/ICH4-L/ICH4-M) AC'97 Audio Controller driver Intel ICH at ports 1c00 18c0
Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture Version 1.0.18rc3
Network: Card Intel 82801DB PRO/100 VE (LOM) Ethernet Controller driver e100 v: 3.5.23-k6-NAPI at port 2000
Disks: HDD Total Size: 160.0GB (2.3% used) 1: /dev/sda WDC WD1600AAJB-0 160.0GB
Partition: ID:/ size: 116G used: 3.5G (4%) ID:swap-1 size: 1.52GB used: 0.02GB (1%)
Info: Processes 113 Uptime 1:55 Memory 198.5/497.0MB Client Shell inxi 1.0.6

I guess thats one of the intels in the htpc that causes issues...
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Re: Streaming Pulseaudio over network

Postby igorzwx on Thu Sep 17, 2009 4:29 pm

This card is on my ancient box (of 2001)
Audio: Card-1 VIA VT8233/A/8235/8237 AC97 Audio Controller driver VIA 82xx Audio at port e800

This card is on my IBM notebook (of 2003):
Audio: Card Intel 82801DB/DBL/DBM (ICH4/ICH4-L/ICH4-M) AC'97 Audio Controller driver Intel ICH at ports 1c00 18c0

I would be a bit sceptical about PulseAudo in this borscht
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Re: Streaming Pulseaudio over network

Postby jb8350i on Thu Sep 17, 2009 4:51 pm

I've been using the card 2 (Card-2 C-Media Electronics CM8738driver C-Media PCI at port d400) on the desktop. I've also just tried to get it to work on my laptop, and have only been able to control the volume of the desktop on that as well.

Edit for info on laptop that won't work either:

System: Host laptop Kernel 2.6.28-11-generic i686 (32 bit) Distro Linux Mint 7 Gloria - Main Edition
CPU: Dual core Intel Core2 Duo T5450 (SMP) cache 2048 KB flags (sse3 nx lm) bmips 6666.28
Clock Speeds: (1) 1667.00 MHz (2) 1667.00 MHz
Graphics: Card Intel Mobile GM965/GL960 Integrated Graphics Controller X.Org 1.6.0 Res 1280x800@60.0hz
Audio: Card Intel 82801H (ICH8 Family) HD Audio Controller driver HDA Intel
Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture Version 1.0.18rc3
Network: Card-1 Intel PRO/Wireless 3945ABG [Golan] Network Connection driver iwl3945 v: 1.2.26ks
Card-2 Broadcom NetLink BCM5787M Gigabit Ethernet PCI Express driver tg3 v: 3.94
Disks: HDD Total Size: 160.0GB (1.8% used) 1: /dev/sda ST9160821AS 160.0GB
Partition: ID:/ size: 76G used: 2.8G (4%) ID:swap-1 size: 6.54GB used: 0.00GB (0%)
Info: Processes 136 Uptime 4 days Memory 397.1/3015.5MB Client Shell inxi 1.0.6
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Re: Streaming Pulseaudio over network

Postby igorzwx on Thu Sep 17, 2009 5:00 pm

The problem is not the audio card.

CPU and RAM - this is the problem.

You need a powerful box to run PulseAudio (at least quadro core)

Those both cards (especially VIA) work well with OSS4 (fantastic performance!)
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/OpenSound

There are other solutions ICECAST, or else (I have not tried them)

Run Your Own Webradio Station With Icecast2 And Ices2
http://www.howtoforge.com/linux_webradi ... ast2_ices2
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Re: Streaming Pulseaudio over network

Postby jb8350i on Thu Sep 17, 2009 5:02 pm

Oh, ok. I've been looking for a good reason to upgrade anyway. Thanks for all your help, fellas
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Re: Streaming Pulseaudio over network

Postby igorzwx on Thu Sep 17, 2009 5:29 pm

Do not throw away the old boxes!!!
You can use them for experiments with Linux, OpenSolaris, or else.
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