On Tue, 29 Jan 2008 13:15:38 -0800, Gerhard Magnus wrote: > I've recently installed FC8 and have been trying to get the sound to > work. The system-config-soundcard plays its tune but everything else is > silent. Back in the day, you only had to turn up the volume on alsamixer > but now when I try starting alsamixer I get the message " *** > PULSEAUDIO: Unable to connect: Connection refused." > > Does each application have to be configured to work with pulseaudio? > > Why does something as simple as sound on a PC require a Senior Tech to > work in Fedora? > > For starters: > (1) How do I get the mplayer plugin I have up and running in Firefox to > include sound? > (2) How do I get sound from xmms? > > Any roadmaps or even pointers in the right direction would be > appreciated. > > Jerry If you run mplayer at the prompt, then mplayer -ao pulse ... # will use pulse mplayer -ao alsa ... # will use alsa, if yo so prefer, which is the default in mplayer. To force it to use pulse by default put ao = pulse in ~/.mplayer/config I guess if you do that, then mplayer plug-in would have sound too. I no longer use xmms, but I remember it had a menu where you could select which sound system to use (alsa, oss, esd). Not sure if it has pulseaudio yet. I am using pulseaudio ok for the most part, with two exceptions: 1) When watching a full length movie with mplayer in full screen mplayer freezes after about 20-30 minutes into the movie (but I can go to another screen, open a shell and kill it). This only happens with pulseaudio, not with alsa, so I'm using mplayer with alsa (although I haven't tested this behavior with the latest updates). 2) flite (which is used by things like roadnav, or mail notification) doesn't know about pulseaudio, or I don't know how to tell it to use pulseaudio, so I can't use it at all, which is too bad. I think flite is a good replacement for festival, and should become the default speech synthesis system. Hope this bug will be fixed in a future release. I can get flite (and probably anything else) to work with alsa if I remove alsa-plugins-pulseaudio (no need to remove other pulseaudio rpms). I'm ok with pulseaudio for now.