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Skype alternatives (was: sound proble for KsCD/Skype/xmms in Debian Sid)



All,

I have problems with Skype too. Does anyone know of a good open-source
VoIP program that will let me talk with my cousin in the U.S. who uses
Windows? I believe both of us are behind firewalls. I prefer not to open
up any ports, but am willing to; I do not think my cousin can. I am
looking for a Linux app for me and an easy-to-use Windows app for my
cousin.

I looked briefly at GnomeMeeting (Ekiga) but GnomeMeeting's setup wizard
tells me my STUN status is "blocked" (i.e. it could not communicate with
the STUN server). The app stun(1) from Debian package stun says the same.

I am willing to open a port or two but cannot open a range of ports; my
SMC router won't let me open more than 20 ports, it seems. Thanks in
advance.

Rocky, now for my reply to you.

Le 11-06-2006, Rocky Ou <rocky2winnie@gmail.com> a écrit :
> I'm using debian sid. When my laptop boot it gives some sound notification.
> The problem is that I could not use XMMS to play music directly. I got have
> to do alsaconf each time I boot the computer. The following is the output of
> alsaconf
>
> ################################################################
> YUNNAN:/home/lover# alsaconf
> Terminating processes: 4378.
> Unloading ALSA sound driver modules: snd-intel8x0 snd-intel8x0m
> snd-ac97-codec snd-ac97-bus snd-pcm-oss snd-mixer-oss snd-pcm snd-timer
> snd-page-alloc (failed: modules still loaded: snd-intel8x0 snd-ac97-codec
> snd-ac97-bus snd-pcm-oss snd-mixer-oss snd-pcm snd-timer snd-page-alloc).
> Building card database...
>
[snip]
>
> It seems some sound drivers are failed to load. Because of this, While my
> xmms is playing the mp3 files I could not use skype for vioce chatting. I
> could not get the sound reminding when someone send me the instant message
> and I got the following error in konsole
>
> ###############
> lover@YUNNAN:~$ /dev/dsp-1: Device or resource busy
> ###############

Skype, for some reason, uses OSS instead of the newer and proper ALSA. I
get the same problem in Skype too. Instead of alsaconf, try one of the
following:

1. Reboot your PC

2. Or, quit skype. Then: Type these four commands:
sudo /etc/init.d/alsa unload
sudo /etc/init.d/alsa reload
sudo /etc/init.d/udev unload
sudo /etc/init.d/udev reload
Then start skype again.

3. Or, try starting skype from a bash prompt like this:
aoss skype &

4. Or, switch to Gnome?? (I have not tried this. I don't know if it will
work.)

Also, in all 3 cases, make sure that KDE's aRts sound server is set to
quit after 5 seconds of inactivity. The setting is somewhere in
kcontrol.

Tip: In Skype, phone the userid: echo123
It is the automated Skype microphone test service.

>
> Yet I do not have any dsp-1. The ls /dev/ds* give me the following
> information
>
> ##############
> lover@YUNNAN:~$ ls /dev/ds*
> /dev/dsp
> ##############

I wonder about this too.

I am curious to hear what fixes your problems.

Regards,
Jason Spiro
jasonspiro4+news@gmail.com
-- 
When you open Windows, bugs get in!



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