[Bug 11778] New: Cryptic error "could not open resource..."

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           Summary: Cryptic error "could not open resource..."
           Product: Ubuntu
           Version: unspecified
          Platform: Other
        OS/Version: other
            Status: UNCONFIRMED
          Severity: normal
          Priority: P2
         Component: totem-gstreamer
        AssignedTo: seb128 at ubuntu.com
        ReportedBy: bronson at rinspin.com
         QAContact: desktop-bugs at lists.ubuntu.com

After my brand new Hoary install, Totem wouldn't play anything.  It would just
display a fairly hostile error dialog, "could not open resource for writing",
and quit.  Two observations:

- The error message should be a lot more helpful.  Something like, "Sound output
device ESD not found.  Please use the Multimedia Systems Selector control panel
to select another one."

- The control panel could be placed a lot closer to the problem.  Because it is
fundamentally affected by the Multimedia Systems Selector, Totem should probably
include a menu item ("Multimedia Preferences?") that opens the MSS control
panel.  I only found the MSS by accident (after giving up entirely on trying to
get Totem to play sound).

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