[kde-freebsd] KDE4's multimedia subsystem won't handle sound device properly

Raphael Kubo da Costa rakuco at FreeBSD.org
Sun Aug 21 13:36:49 UTC 2011

"Conrad J. Sabatier" <conrads at cox.net> writes:

> I'm seeing a general problem in KDE 4's multimedia's subsystem's
> handling of my sound card, where apps such as amarok-2.4.3 (amarok-kde4)
> erroneously report:
> Sound device HDA Realtek ALC888 PCM #0 Analog (pcm) is not working,
> falling back to default
> (what exactly *is* this default, anyway?).
> When I try to configure sound inside amarok, the test sound plays fine
> using PCM #0, but as soon as I actually try to use it outside of the
> configuration dialog, another popup appears with the above message.
> Meanwhile, sound is hideously garbled.  I can hear the file I'm trying
> to play, but at the same time, I'm hearing something that sounds like
> water sluicing through a drainpipe (I know, hardly a very technical
> description, but that's what it sounds like, I swear).  :-)
> Sound works just fine under KDE 3 and any other environment.  Only KDE
> 4 is exhibiting this odd behavior.
> Any suggestions?  I've already done a recursive rebuild/reinstall of
> both amarok-kde4 and kde4, to no avail.

This is probably related to Phonon and its backends. Which backend are
you currently using?

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