Cant hear anything with RealPlayer

Peter Garrett peter.garrett at
Wed Sep 13 09:00:09 UTC 2006

On Wed, 13 Sep 2006 08:11:15 +0200
"Ben Edwards (lists)" <lists at> wrote:

> Between it working and not I have installed helix player
> which has since been uninstalled, maybe this is relevant.

It probably is, yes. I found helix conflicts with realplay.

Try looking for helix plugins, and remove them. I think you would look in

Here realplayer installs nphelix.xpt and , apparently, and
those are needed.

Also check ~/.mozilla/plugins

You might find that helix has installed extra plugins that conflict with

The other thing with realplay is that it doesn't understand esd, and
uses oss rather than alsa - the result is that if esd is running, or if
another app is accessing sound, it can't grab /dev/dsp, which is all it is
capable of doing.

Of course, if Real would make the player Open instead of a binary blob,
all this could be sorted out - but don't hold your breath :-(



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