F12: volume decreases during playing mp3 files with gnome-mplayer

Kevin DeKorte kdekorte at gmail.com
Fri Nov 6 20:45:12 UTC 2009

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On 11/06/09 13:17, Bruno Wolff III wrote:
> On Fri, Nov 06, 2009 at 14:15:24 +0100,
>   Joachim Backes <joachim.backes at rhrk.uni-kl.de> wrote:
>> Hi,
>> Having weird effect during playing mp3 files with gnome-mplayer in F12:
>> very often, the volume level decreases more and more (simetimes down
>> to 0) during playback of mp3 files, without any manual change of the
>> volume knob.
> In xmms the work around was to have the system volume at max and adjust
> the volume in xmms. (xmms doesn't have this issue any more though.)

Yes there are several different kind of volume settings but they
basically boiled down to two.

1. volume in gnome-mplayer is the same as the system volume
	as seen with oss, alsa (without dmix), pulseaudio >= 0.9.15 with flat
volume enabled (default)

2. volume in gnome-mplayer is a percentage of the system volume
	alsa with dmix (I believe), pulseaudio < 0.9.15 with flat volume is
disabled (flat volume only exists on 0.9.15 and higher) and mplayer softvol

all of these combinations can make getting the volume "right" kinda of
annoying. Also the fact that a volume knob is being altered from several
locations (system volume, application volume, other mixer) can really
lead to confusion as to which volume source is currently the right one.


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