no sound device /dev/dsp

Luke Yelavich themuso at
Thu Mar 24 07:28:33 UTC 2005

On Thu, Mar 24, 2005 at 05:40:27PM EST, Christoph Georgi wrote:
> a couple of days ago I wrote an email to this list because suddenly I 
> hadn't had the sound device /dev/dsp anymore under Warty. The same thing 
> happend now to me unter Hoary.. During boot ALSA is set up without any 
> errors and the /var/log/messages and /var/log/dmesg don't give any hint 
> on a fault.
> XMMS shows the following error when trying to play any audio file:
> Please check that: Your soundcard is configured properly, you have the 
> correct output plugin selected, no other program is blocking the soundcard
> After changing the audio output plugin to ALSA 1.2.10 ( XMMS 
> plays everything fine. Changing back to the OSS Driver 1.2.10 
> ( nothing works.

Do you have the snd-pcm-oss module loaded? If not, load it and try 

If this works, add snd-pcm-oss to your /etc/modules file to ensure it 
gets loaded every boot.

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