Re: [linux-audio-user] Re: XMMS and Firefox (or Flash?) not playing along nicely

From: Nigel Henry <cave.dnb@email-addr-hidden>
Date: Fri Aug 04 2006 - 22:33:08 EEST

On Friday 04 August 2006 20:33, Arnold Krille wrote:
> 2006/8/4, Florin Andrei <florin@email-addr-hidden>:
> > Somehow XMMS and Firefox (or rather Firefox media plugins) seem to
> > compete over sound resources.
> > What's the cause and how can I fix it?
> The reason is that Flash and xmms both use old OSS for sound, which
> allows only one app to access the soundcard at a time. Configure your
> XMMS to use alsa and start firefox inside an aoss-environment with the
> command "aoss firefox" instead of plain "firefox".
> And bug the authors of every app that is still using OSS as default on
> linux...
> Arnold

Hi Arnold. Seeing another post suggesting using aoss for the webbrowsers, I
changed the command for opera to aoss opera. I'm using a realplayer plugin on
it for the BBC radioplayer from But what I am finding with aoss,
is that there is now quite a lot of crackling on the sound. A bit like the
sound of electrical sparks.

Now I can listen to Internet radio, and listen to music at the same time,
which isn't easy, but at least it proves that starting opera with aoss works.
The problem I had was listening to Internet radio, using realplayer, and
using Gaim at the same time. The realplayer plugin would grab the soundcard,
and Gaim had no sounds. When I ended the Internet radio session, Gaim would
play all it's sounds from the beginning of it's session. all a bit bizarre,
and quite funny.


This is using an Ensoniq card (ens1371 driver)
Received on Sat Aug 5 00:15:04 2006

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