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sound weirdness

What might cause xmms to go from audibly playing a song to seemingly
playing a song (progress bar moving, lines bouncing up and down as the
song plays) without producing any actual sound?

I was fiddling with installing/deinstalling alsa, esd, and other fun
toys at the time, so I'm not exactly sure what I did.  It seems like
alsa "shouldn't" affect the situation, as I never specified any sound
modules for it, and as near as I can tell, esd's only effect is to cause
xmms to squawk that /dev/dsp is busy.

This is on a brand spanking new debian install -- used a netinstall cd
and upgraded to unstable from there.


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