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I've got a bit of an intermittent issue with my audio in Ubuntu, which i run into when i'm listening to podcasts. As i'm listening to podcasts in google reader, ...
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    Audio stopping in Ubuntu 9.10


    I've got a bit of an intermittent issue with my audio in Ubuntu, which i run into when i'm listening to podcasts. As i'm listening to podcasts in google reader, it will suddenly stop playing. After this happens, nothing in reader will play anymore, and things from youtube will play only video, no audio.

    While this is happening, I can play a pod cast in totem movie player in mp3 format. This'll work fine for a while, but eventually the audio will stop, forcing me to push play and then look through the pod cast looking for where it was when it was stopped.

    It's pretty annoying having to reboot 2 or 3 times a day to get my sound working in firefox. I have to reopen all my applications and projects every time.

    Also, I noticed this line in my /var/log/messages file.
    Mar 30 17:10:06 jimbo-desktop pulseaudio[1781]: alsa-mixer.c: Your kernel driver is broken: it reports a volume range from 6.00 dB to 6.00 dB which makes no sense.

    I don't know if this has anything to do with this issue. I'm just not too sure with the linux audio systems.

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    Hello,

    Please, post the output of these commands:
    Code:
    $ aplay -l
    and
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    $ pulseaudio -v --log-target=stderr

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    Alright, here are those outputs. Nothing's really jumping out at me in them.

    Code:
    **** List of PLAYBACK Hardware Devices ****
    card 0: Audigy2 [SB Audigy 4 [SB0610]], device 0: emu10k1 [ADC Capture/Standard PCM Playback]
      Subdevices: 29/32
      Subdevice #0: subdevice #0
      Subdevice #1: subdevice #1
      Subdevice #2: subdevice #2
      Subdevice #3: subdevice #3
      Subdevice #4: subdevice #4
      Subdevice #5: subdevice #5
      Subdevice #6: subdevice #6
      Subdevice #7: subdevice #7
      Subdevice #8: subdevice #8
      Subdevice #9: subdevice #9
      Subdevice #10: subdevice #10
      Subdevice #11: subdevice #11
      Subdevice #12: subdevice #12
      Subdevice #13: subdevice #13
      Subdevice #14: subdevice #14
      Subdevice #15: subdevice #15
      Subdevice #16: subdevice #16
      Subdevice #17: subdevice #17
      Subdevice #18: subdevice #18
      Subdevice #19: subdevice #19
      Subdevice #20: subdevice #20
      Subdevice #21: subdevice #21
      Subdevice #22: subdevice #22
      Subdevice #23: subdevice #23
      Subdevice #24: subdevice #24
      Subdevice #25: subdevice #25
      Subdevice #26: subdevice #26
      Subdevice #27: subdevice #27
      Subdevice #28: subdevice #28
      Subdevice #29: subdevice #29
      Subdevice #30: subdevice #30
      Subdevice #31: subdevice #31
    card 0: Audigy2 [SB Audigy 4 [SB0610]], device 2: emu10k1 efx [Multichannel Capture/PT Playback]
      Subdevices: 8/8
      Subdevice #0: subdevice #0
      Subdevice #1: subdevice #1
      Subdevice #2: subdevice #2
      Subdevice #3: subdevice #3
      Subdevice #4: subdevice #4
      Subdevice #5: subdevice #5
      Subdevice #6: subdevice #6
      Subdevice #7: subdevice #7
    card 0: Audigy2 [SB Audigy 4 [SB0610]], device 3: emu10k1 [Multichannel Playback]
      Subdevices: 1/1
      Subdevice #0: subdevice #0
    Code:
    I: main.c: setrlimit(RLIMIT_NICE, (31, 31)) failed: Operation not permitted
    I: main.c: setrlimit(RLIMIT_RTPRIO, (9, 9)) failed: Operation not permitted
    I: core-util.c: Failed to acquire high-priority scheduling: No such file or directory
    I: main.c: This is PulseAudio 0.9.19
    I: main.c: Page size is 4096 bytes
    I: main.c: Machine ID is debf740cd2c3fd86c562d7a64ba12b17.
    I: main.c: Session ID is debf740cd2c3fd86c562d7a64ba12b17-1270067270.238032-1916693619.
    I: main.c: Using runtime directory /home/jimbo/.pulse/debf740cd2c3fd86c562d7a64ba12b17-runtime.
    I: main.c: Using state directory /home/jimbo/.pulse.
    I: main.c: Using modules directory /usr/lib/pulse-0.9.19/modules.
    I: main.c: Running in system mode: no
    E: pid.c: Daemon already running.
    E: main.c: pa_pid_file_create() failed.

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    Hello,

    Try reinstalling PA:
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install --reinstall pulseaudio
    in a terminal.

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    alright, i reinstalled pulse, and then messed with it for the week to see if the problem seemed to have gotten better. It's pretty much the same.

    Maybe I'll try reinstalling flash and see if that has an helps at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jimbotious View Post
    alright, i reinstalled pulse, and then messed with it for the week to see if the problem seemed to have gotten better. It's pretty much the same.

    Maybe I'll try reinstalling flash and see if that has an helps at all.
    Hello

    I don thnk so. Try to uninstall everything related to OSS.

    1. dpkg -l "*oss*" # to get list of oss packages installed
    2. sudo apt-get remove <oss packages> #populate list of oss packages you want to remove
    3. sudo apt-get install alsa-base alsa-oss

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    Thanks again ursusca, I've still been messing with things over the last couple weeks. Trying to see if the issue was getting better or not. It's hard to tell because it's intermittent.

    It did seem like the issue had gotten better, then I had to boot into windows for a couple days and when I came back to ubuntu I had no sound at all.

    lol, so now I'm dealing with this one. I've been unable to find a solution so far, sound still works good in windows though.

    I'm going to try removing the packages you suggested, and maybe try a few other things I've seen. Nothing I've tried so far has gotten me anywhere.

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    Hello,

    What is your sound card?

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    Hey there,

    It's an Audigy 4. I decided I'd try to enable my onboard sound and see if that'd work, and to my surprise, it did.

    I don't know why the Audigy is working in windows but not linux, and this one works in both.

    Why knows, maybe since the Audigy been acting up with certain things even before this, it's on it's way out. Maybe it's just able to limp along a little more in windows.

    I'll have to see if my issues with flash videos and podcasts is solved by using this onboard. If so, maybe I'll just avoid the issue and continue this way, lol.

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    Hello,

    I am glad for you.

    Quote Originally Posted by Jimbotious View Post
    I don't know why the Audigy is working in windows but not linux, and this one works in both.
    I am using an Audigy sound card (c-media sb 8738 5.1 channel (CMI8738/PCI-6ch-LX)). On my dual boot box I have Gentoo and Ubuntu 9.10 installed. I am using Gentoo as my main system and Ubuntu as vmware-server host. I am happy with Audigy I've tryed to switch on Onboard sound card (VIA VT1708S) but I didn't like it. I am using PuseAudio server and I don't have any problems with Audigy

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