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jamieo
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 02, 2002 6:05 pm    Post subject: Sound pauses with ALSA (SB Live) Reply with quote

I've got everything working fine and am :) with Gentoo, just one problem...

I'm using ALSA, KDE, xmms and alsa-xmms (do I really need this?) and when I play mp3s the sound quality is good - much better than I've had before on linux. However, sometimes there's a pause, maybe 0.2 sec or so. As you can guess, this is a real pain.

For hardware I'm using a Soundblaster Live 5.1 card and the emu10k1 drivers for ALSA. I've just got sound support turned on in the kernel (as a module) but no module drivers at all.

Any ideas?

Cheers,
Jamie
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 02, 2002 6:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh, BTW, I find it pauses when the machine is busy - and I think it's mostly when doing disk access. I'm not talking about busy with root processes, just doing things like a file copy. I've never had such "tasks" cause problems like this on linux.

I'm running a pretty good spec machine (P4-1.8, 512Mb RAM).
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 09, 2002 4:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You may have already done this, but you might see if this thread helps.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 09, 2002 8:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

use the sound blaster oss drivers (not the ones in the kernel) they are much better. emerge emu10k1-audigy

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 10, 2002 2:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It also helps to use a low latency or preemptable kernel if you are not doing so already. Without low latency I have pops, clicks and dropouts intermittently. IMHO the vanilla kernel stinks for audio ;)

With some tweaking though, it does just fine.
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