No really I need help!; Java kills sound

Constantinos Maltezos pandarsson at
Thu Jan 29 09:33:27 UTC 2009

On Thursday 29 January 2009 1:50:11 am Knapp wrote:
> > Do you have dmix enabled in alsa?  You see, but for some Creative sound
> > cards that have hardware mixers, alsa (the Linux sound architecture)
> > doesn't by default mix audio - basically meaning that sounds from
> > different programs not using a software mixer (like aRts provides for
> > KDE3) cannot play at once. There is a software mixer for alsa called dmix
> > and it works great in my experience (though my current computer has a
> > SoundBlaster with a hardware mixer), but it's usually not enabled by
> > default.  Sadly, there's no way that I know of to change that with a GUI,
> > so if you haven't enabled it on your machine, you'll have to copy or edit
> > a config file.  If I recall correctly, doing this on Kubuntu was rather
> > simple, because they have a sample alsa config file somewhere in the alsa
> > package (somewhere among the docs for some reason) that you can copy to
> > /etc.  I think the name of the file is alsa.conf.example and you need to
> > rename it to alsa.conf when you copy it with sudo.  That file worked for
> > me without editing, so I hope it does for you, too.
> >
> > I hope I hit the mark here and am not barking up the wrong tree.
> Thanks, I found a file called also.conf but I don't see anything about
> the setting you talked about.

Sorry, was wrong about the config file name.  It's asound.conf.  Go to the 
link above (I hope word wrap doesn't kill the url, or you'll have to put the 
last part in).  It gives you easy instructions how to enable software mixing 
in alsa in both Debian and Ubuntu (which will work for Kubuntu).

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