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Re: F11 Sound without PulseAudio ?

Chris wrote:
2009/7/24 Bill Davidsen <davidsen tmr com>:
Anyone who reads this list will know I despise PA totally, but vlc has
worked fine for me  using PA, in FC11, in FC11 running in a VM under FC9 KVM
(from cli) and in FC9.

Hi Bill. There was a discussion on this list a couple of hours ago in
which someone rightly pointed out that PA gets a lot of undeserved
flak for issues which aren't actually its fault - not to say that it
doesn't have issues of course! It's often the case that disabling or
uninstalling PA causes sound to start working which naturally makes
one think that PA was at fault, but there are other layers involved in
the confusing world of Linux audio.

Anyway, other than defending PA which is clearly not perfect as yet,
I'd like to try to be helpful! You say that VLC works whilst other
applications do not. Am I right to assume that PA is running whilst
VLC is working? If that's the case then PA is unlikely to be the cause
of your audio problems. Certainly for me, if PA is running, no sound
works at all but I know this is because of a misconfiguration with my
audio card that I don't know how to fix.

No, on the machine with vlc PA works fine for two channel output, with vlc, xine, mplayer, mpg321, audacity, etc. I was making the point that removing PA has not been required on that machine. If PA has a menu to enable 4ch, 5.1ch, etc I've never found it, but just two channels work fine (not as loud as they should be but I've only got the five basic mixers and volume controls installed).

It sounds to me like your problem is in the application layer. What
applications are you having problems with? What desktop are you
running? Apologies if I'm repeating advice you've already had but I
haven't seen any of your threads before and I'm just a user who's had
a lot of audio problems over the years, not an expert! Here's a bunch
of rpms you might try installing to provide full sound support:

Bill Davidsen <davidsen tmr com>
  "We have more to fear from the bungling of the incompetent than from
the machinations of the wicked."  - from Slashdot

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