Re: Sound woes
> 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,
> Try these two commands below, which should show what is
> using the soundcard.
> lsof -n | grep /dev/dsp
> lsof | grep /dev/snd
The second command does show (i guess) that FireFox is the thing blocking the soundcard:
$ lsof -n | grep /dev/snd
mixer_app 4559 jen 21u CHR 116,0 0t0 5715 /dev/snd/controlC0
firefox-b 9631 jen mem CHR 116,16 5691 /dev/snd/pcmC0D0p
firefox-b 9631 jen 151u CHR 116,16 0t0 5691 /dev/snd/pcmC0D0p
Im not sure where that leaves me, though.
> 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 tried this, but with no effect: restarting FireFox (i.e. Iceweasel) and i get the same thing--i can use other audio apps, until the first time i run an audio Flash app in FireFox, and then nothing else is available.
> 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.
If Alsa would do a good job with USB audio, id be more than thrilled to use it. I dont need fancy network sharing of my audio streams, or whatever else Pulse does.