Sound problem

Carl waldbie at
Wed Apr 6 22:48:34 UTC 2005

On Wednesday 06 April 2005 12:05 pm, R.Koendering wrote:
> Hi Carl,
> I have auto select and I tried also alsa.
> Regards,
> Ruud Koendering
> On Tuesday 05 April 2005 23:56, Carl wrote:
> > On Tuesday 05 April 2005 4:23 pm, R.Koendering wrote:
> > > Hi,
> > >
> > > Under Control Center > Sound & Multimedia > Sound System, I tested the
> > > sound by Test Sound.
> > >
> > > No sound at all.  Can anyone explain what is wrong? Ubuntu is having
> > > sound Kubuntu not?
> > >
> > > Ruud Koendering - Netherlands
> >
> > Some folks have reported having problems getting esound to work under
> > KDE. In the control center, under Sound and Multimedia => Sound System =>
> > Hardware Tab, what Audio device have you selected?
> >
> > Carl Waldbieser


I have had some luck using both oss and esound.  

First check if esd is running with "ps -Al | grep esd".  If not, you will need 
to get esd running.

To get esound running, type "esd -d /dev/dsp &" at the command prompt.  You 
may have to change the device to your sound card.  I usually hear some beeps 
when it starts up this way.  

Now, select "Enlightened Sound Daemon" from the KControl audio device.  I can 
hear sound if I press the "Test Sound" button at this point, but the rest of 
the desktop won't play sounds until I log out and in again.

If that works, you can just add esd to a start up script if it isn't running 
already.  Since the Gnome desktop tends to use it, though, I am guessing it 
is probably running.

To use oss, I first make sure I kill esd ("killall esd"), and then set the 
KControl audio device appropriately.  Kubuntu works with both of them for me, 
but it is easier for me to get non-integrated apps working with esd.

Hope that helps!

Carl Waldbieser

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