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Unable to open /dev/sound

 
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DavidMcCann



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PostPosted: Sat Sep 19, 2009 9:59 am    Post subject: Unable to open /dev/sound Reply with quote

I've just tested various video files in 0.6.6 and I have no sound. The desktop log includes

OSS: unable to open /dev/sound
OSS: audio failed to initialise

Strangely (to me, at least), this was reported [b]before[/b] it checked out the audio hardware and found it OK:

AC97 SiS7012 pcmin initialised
AC97 SiS7012 pcm initialised
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Kaj
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 19, 2009 11:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Have you read the instructions in the Welcome document and configured your sound output?
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Vanders
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 19, 2009 12:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Syllable has two audio systems: an OSS-like system, which creates devices under /dev/audio, and a newer system which creates device nodes under /dev/sound.

For you as a user the difference is immaterial, because the media server takes care of the differences for you. However that is why you see the message "unable to open /dev/sound": your audio-card has an older style driver which creates a node under /dev/audio, and the message is created when the media server is checking for available audio devices under both /dev/sound & /dev/audio.
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DavidMcCann



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PostPosted: Sun Sep 20, 2009 4:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My mistabke, as usual! A bit of experimenting revealed the correct settings.
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Kaj
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 20, 2009 7:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I thought to move this out of the Bugs section, but I'll leave it here as a feature request. The audio output selection should have an automatic default.
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