sound and corruption problem with thunderbird in KDE on FC5

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I have a rather strange problem with Thunderbird in KDE.  I
can not get the new mail sound to work.  If I select a custom sound and
then click on "preview sound", tbird freezes and then often will crash.
 About the same time this started, I started to get abook.mab
corruption.  The usual garbage at the end of the file.  I can fix the
abook by removing the garbage, but it does get bothersome since it
happens about once a week.  I don't believe much in coincidences, so I
would suspect that the corruption occurs due to tbird trying to play a

Some background:

I have three computers, all are upgrades from FC3.  In two of them, the
new mail sound works fine.  I have all the latest updates, and all
systems are configured as close to the same as possible, although there
are slight differences due to their having different mixes of hardware.
 On the problem system, tbird has no problem playing the new mail sound
in Gnome, it only happens in KDE.  All other sound related programs
work in KDE,  mplayer plays movies, xmms plays mp3s, system sounds
work.  I can double click the wav file in Konqueror and it plays fine.

What I have tried:

I have esd enabled in Gnome, software mixer enabled in Gnome, KDE sound
system enabled, KDE hardware set to auto-detect, player settings set to
KDE sound system, kmix has all input types enabled.  I have toggled all
these setting on and off in different combinations, logged out,
rebooted, and nothing helps.  I have selected the system new mail sound
and it does nothing as well.


cmedia sound card in a PCI slot
1.6GHz Duron
Geforce 3 Ti200
512M DDR
Two 80G drives
KDE and Gnome as well as many of the devel packages

This is the last problem I'm experiencing with these systems.  All in
all, the upgrade was the best one so far.  One of the other systems is
an upgrade from FC1=>FC3=>FC5 and works great.  I'm sure that this is
just some configuration problem, I just have run out of ideas of where
to look, and what to try.  I've made numerous searches and have found a
few others over the past year that have run into the same exact
problem, but no one ever posted a solution.  I hope someone can point
me in the right direction.

Thanks in advance,

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