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    Unhappy Sound in KDE4.1 (OSS 11)

    Hi,

    I just installed opensuse 11 and updated right a way to KDE 4.1. Now I don't get my system sounds to work:

    #1 I can't find where to configure them for certain actions e.g. KDE start, shutdown etc.

    #2 I have perfect sound coming from my Amarok, xine gxine but I can't get the notifications to spit out anything e.g. from Kopete. It wouldn't play anything.

    The Devices I see under "Sound - System Settings" in "System Settings - Sound" are:
    HDA Intel(ALC883 Analog)
    HDA Intel (ALC883 Digital) #1
    HDA Intel ALC883 Digital (IEC958 S/PDIF) Digital Audio Output)
    default
    hw:0,0
    hw:0,1
    HDA Intel (ALC883 Digital) (grayed out)
    HDA Intel (ALC883 Analog) (grayed out)

    I've tried every device on top and for some of them i get a message saying
    that the device wouldn't work and kde is falling back to the next in the
    list.
    What is wrong here?
    Thank you!
    Ron

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    Default Re: Sound in KDE4.1 (OSS 11)

    SuSE / KDE button -> Configure Desktop -> Notifications -> System Notifications.

    From there you can adjust the sounds and the playout program (Default is the KDE sound system) - make sure the volume is properly set.

    Also make sure under Sound (Sound System Configuration under Computer Administration in the KDE Control Panel you just viewed a moment ago) the Audio Output for Notifications is set to the device you wish to use and that the backend is Xine Phonon.

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    Default Re: Sound in KDE4.1 (OSS 11)

    On my system the only backend available was gstreamer and i had to install phono xine. Once i did that the sounds all came to work great. Thanks!

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    Default Re: Sound in KDE4.1 (OSS 11)

    That seems to happen on my nVidia nForce4 sound cars as well. I think this issue is not Hardware specific. gstreamer also sounds really bad when playing audio. using xine fixes a lot of things. I just wish that it was installed by default.

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    Default Re: Sound in KDE4.1 (OSS 11)

    If memory serves, they had to change the packaging for the phonon gstreamer backend, and the package name went from phonon...gstreamer-0.10 to phonon...gstreamer-0_10 or something to that effect. It was a while back, but I remember I had this same issue, sound just suddenly stopped working at one point during the KDE 4.1 updates. Once I selected the newer package, it replaced the old package and all was well. I think it was a hangover from the original 4.0 packaging.

    Anyways, just my 2c...

    Cheers,
    KV

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    Default Re: Sound in KDE4.1 (OSS 11)

    Thanks from balmy Guelph too! Phonon xine did its magic after I installed it through Yast.
    The Suse community is wonderful!
    OpenSuse 11.4 Gnome, and Windows XP on Asus AMD desktop, OpenSuse 11.4LXDE on Eee PC 701 4G's SSD, Knoppix 6.5 on 8 gig USB stick and Jolicloud on 8 gig USB stick.

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