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Re: Sound woes

On Sunday 10 May 2009 20:27, Dr. Jennifer Nussbaum wrote:
> > > And opening up a new browser, sound doesnt work in
> >
> > that one either. As
> >
> > > long as the original browser is open, weather or not
> >
> > theres sound
> >
> > > playing, nothing else can get sound.
> > >
> > > does that help narrow things down?
> >
> > One thing you could try is editing
> > /etc/iceweasel/iceweaselrc and changing
> > the wrapper to "auto".  See
> > /usr/share/doc/iceweasel/README.Debian for more
> > info.
> >
> > I don't know anything about how PulseAudio and the
> > setting in this config
> > file relate to each other, so sorry if this doesn't
> > help!
> Im afraid that didnt help.
> It looks like the browser, or Flash, when it grabs the sound card, doesnt
> let anything else have it, weather or not its using it. If I shut the
> browser, then other programs can use sound, but if i keep it open, then
> they cant. Simple as that.
> I dont know if its a Pulse thing or a FireFox thing or a Flash thing. Is
> there any way to determine this?
> Jen

Hi Jen.

Iceweasel itself shouldn't grab the soundcard if your not on a site that uses 
flash for audio. If you close the webpage after listening to flash audio the 
soundcard is still in the "being used" state, correct?

Try these two commands below, which should show what is using the soundcard.

lsof -n | grep /dev/dsp
lsof | grep /dev/snd

You could also install the alsa-oss package if it's not installed, and start 
Firefox "Iceweasel" on the command line as below, which should allow you to 
use other sound apps.

aoss firefox

I don't know much about pulseaudio, except that it is known to be responsible 
for some problems, which is why I normally remove it, then your sound apps 
use alsa directly.

All the best.


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