> Also, on my system, with 'libesd-alsa0' installed (instead of 'libesd'), > sound playing is not blocked by esd. I think this can also fix problem. HTH. Thanks, this did the trick - installing of libesd-alsa0 instead of libesd solved the problem. Now the question is - shouldn't libesd-alsa0 be automatically installed with alsa instead of libesd? Kind regards, Vladimir.