[kde-linux] KDE 4 sound system still uses arts and doesn't work

James Richard Tyrer tyrerj at acm.org
Tue Feb 5 07:51:37 UTC 2008

Kevin Krammer wrote:
> On Thursday 31 January 2008, James Richard Tyrer wrote:
>> Stefano Crocco wrote:
>>> Hello to everyone,
>>> I know this question might belong more to the Gentoo forum than here, but
>>> I already tried asking there and I got no answer, so I'm trying here.
>>> I'm using KDE 4 (installed in parallel with KDE 3.5) on a Gentoo system
>>> with a Realtek sound card (azalia compatible), using the snd_hda_intel
>>> kernel module, and I can't get the sound system to work. The Sound System
>>> page in System Settings only shows aRts in the Device Preference page,
>>> while KInfoCenter says: "No information availlable about Soundcard". The
>>> result is that I hear no sound.
>>> I think the problem lies in some wrong configuration of my sound card,
>>> since, trying the SuSE KDE 4 live CD, everything worked perfectly
>>> (including the sound card being listed instead of aRts in System
>>> Settings). Yet, looking at the live CD /etc directory I couldn't find any
>>> relevant difference from the Gentoo configuration. Searching google
>>> didn't yield any useful result, either.
>> The KDE4 sound system will NOT connect directly to hardware.  So, you
>> need something (a sound server) running such as Jack, PulseAudio, ESD,
>> etc.  Note, if using ESD, it doesn't seem to automatically start from KDE4.
> No, it depends on the configuration of the Phonon backend. I.e. xine or 
> gstreamer can both output to several kinds of audio "sinks", including 
> directly to ALSA without any sound daemon in between.

OK.  How do I/we get this to work.

I built Xine from source and "--with-alsa" is the default.


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