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Bug#604728: general: Cannot play anything in totem or gnome-mplayer while a flash movie is running in iceweasel

On Tue, Nov 23, 2010 at 10:19:05PM +0100, marcin wrote:

[No other audio app starts when there's already one running]
> I'm sorry but I cannot tell which package exactly is the source of the
> problem so I put it in 'general' section.

Well, looks like a classic: on some (most?) audio cards, ALSA only
supports a single stream. So if you start your flash playback, the audio
device is occupied and hence blocked for other apps.

The solution is to multiplex/mix in software, most commonly done with
pulseaudio these days.

Don't you have pulseaudio installed?

Also, make sure to redirect all ALSA output to pulseaudio. Either in
/etc/asound.conf or in ~/.asoundrc:

--- asound.conf ---
pcm.pulse {
    type pulse

ctl.pulse {
    type pulse

pcm.!default {
    type pulse
ctl.!default {
    type pulse
--- end of asound.conf ---


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