Getting hopeless on Hoary sound problems

david nux at
Sun Mar 13 10:00:05 UTC 2005

On Sat, 2005-03-12 at 22:47 +0000, Eamonn Sullivan wrote:
> On Sat, 12 Mar 2005 22:22:53 +0000, david <nux at> wrote:
> > I've had loads of trouble with RealPlayer on Hoary.
> > On a "default" array6 install it installed and worked perectly (on my
> > box) - since then (and leading up to then) I've had nothing but the same
> > hangs or the occasional appearing on the screen several minutes after I
> > tried to invoke it.
> > I do hope the problem gets sorted in time for the final release of Hoary
> > - (cus listening to the BBC while I'm doing stuff is kind of a
> > fundamental necessity for me. The voice of sanity and all that...)
> The suggestion just made a few minutes ago to make auto_spawn=1 in 
> /etc/esound/esd.conf work wonders and fixed a whole series of
> problems. Give it a try.
> > 
> > I've also had endless (similar) problems with beep-media-player & xmms.
> > Rhythmbox works but it's so ugly and boxy that it hurts to look at. (IMO)
> Yes, Rhythmbox ain't pretty, but I like how it works with gnome. I've
> been trying it for a few weeks to see if I can get used to it. It's
> easier to set up for my wife and kids when they want to play their
> iTunes playlists on Linux. I use slimserver to stream from  Windows to
> Linux. I can shave a step or two off the process of getting connected
> to this stream (compared with XMMS) by just adding the stream URL as a
> radio station.
> > 
> > regards
> > 
> > David
> > 


This worked. RealPlayer now starts up more or less instantly. 
Most excellent.
The very calm and oh so authoritative voice of the beeb is heard once

Many thanks for that.


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