Applications Cannot Start Sound After Switch User

With OpenSuSE 11.2, I would have a guest account running skype, and a media account running mythtv (both users logged in at the same time using switch user). I had skype on auto answer incoming calls, and I remember watching a movie when I suddenly heard my Dad’s voice appear calling my name. That was cool!

Now that I’m using OpenSuSE 11.3 (both were using KDE), skype only plays audio when that user’s session is active. Switching to the media account will prevent skype from starting to play any sound. Switch back, sound is normal. If I remember correctly, now the skype audio cuts out as soon as I switch user.

I also have a tv capture card which only STARTS to captures analog audio when the media session is active, mythtv being run by the user media. Once the show is started to record with sound, we can switch users and the show continue to record with sound.

Can someone help point me to anything which can help me take control of my audio system? The only thing that should be configured differently from the default install is that I compiled mythtv (it wasn’t available as an rpm when I upgraded to 11.3, and haven’t bothered to check since).

Any help would be appreciated. I’ve spent a lot of time searching, and can’t seem to find what I’m looking for (too many false hits).

I am wondering if this situation might be helped in any way by loading/activating the PulseAudio sound server? Have you looked at this setup in any way before? I do have a script that can check several sound setup issues, but you seem to have sound, just can’t do more than one thing at a time. I would determine if Pulse is loaded and see what it does enabled and what it does disabled. I have a script that can do this for you.

S.T.A.R.T. - SuSE Terminal Audio Reporting Tool

Please try this out and get back with the results so that we might determine what else to try.

Thank You,