Re: Gnome vs. KDE with ALSA
Mike S wrote:
I wrote too soon, I still have no damn idea what's going on, and it's
kind of upsetting me. I reproduced the results. Here's what I did:
Mike S wrote:
This is an opinion question, I am wondering who on this list uses
Gnome and who uses KDE, I like the simplistic look of gnome, which is
why I switched to gnome, but however one thing that is really
important to me is sound.
ok now I think I may have run into some type of bug. I was fiddling
around with mol, and ran "killall esd" to kill the esd daemon, then
somthing was wrong with mol, Sync Error, so it never started.
Googling it, I have found very little literature on that subject, and
the only output I have been able to produce sound with is esd. ALSA
and OSS sinks both give me 'unable to construct test pipe' and artsd
runs the test with no audio, sound in mol is broken now, with a
report of "OSS sound device unavailable (will be used anyway)
OSS sound driver"
So I do not know whether MOL cannot use OSS, and/or whether esd just
takes total control of /dev/dsp, which I have read a little bit about.
This is making me want to switch back to KDE, but I must ask, is ALSA
possible in gnome?
But here's the wierd thing, about half an hour later, after installing
unrelated packages such as eterm, and playing mahjongg, I decided to
test it again, I went into Multimedia Systems Selector, switched to
OSS and ran a test. It worked!
Now here's the strange thing, I thought it might have something to do
with killing the esd daemon, so I switched to ALSA, ran the test, and
that failed. So I switched back to OSS, ran the test, and that failed.
Does anyone have any idea what's going on here?
1. Closed Thunderbird after that last post
2. ran esdctl on
3. closed the Multimedia Systems Selector window that was open
4. open the Multimedia Systems Selector
5. tested esd, and failed
6. switched to oss tested, and it worked.
I switched to esd, tested and that failed, but then I switched back to
OSS and it worked. Switching to ALSA and tested, that failed. Switched
back to OSS, tested and that failed closed the window ran esdctl off and
esdctl on reopened the MSS window and tested esd, that failed, and then
switched to OSS tested, and it works again.
Does this sound like bug like activity? It very well may be I guess, I
am running gnome 2.10.1, and this looks to me like it may be a bug with
alsasink, or maybe just MSS switching to alsasink, but someone more
knowledgeable please let me know.