Sound card keeps tying up

Matthew Kuiken matt.kuiken at
Sat Jan 20 08:31:09 UTC 2007

Neil McLeod wrote:
> Hello,
> Sound works on my system, except some programs seem to "hog" the 
> soundcard. Example:
> (1) I finish watching a video on YouTube. (2) KOrganizer produces a beep 
> to alert me of something. (3) I go to another YouTube video, but the 
> sound now doesn't work. (4) I have to close Firefox, execute "killall 
> esd", and then restart Firefox to be able to hear sound in the YouTube 
> video.
> What I've tried:
> -Unchecking "Enable software sound mixing (ESD)"
> -Changing my mozilla-firefoxrc to read FIREFOX_DSP="none"
> Neither of these worked (although I haven't restarted my system yet).
> Other information:
> My sound card is an Intel 82801DB-ICH4. I'm running Ubuntu 6.06 on a 
> Thinkpad T42.
> Any ideas on how to fix this so that I can use multiple sound-using 
> programs at the same time and not have to keep killing programs?

It's been a couple days, so you may have fixed this already, but if not, 
have you tried aoss?

Good luck,

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