Debian - alsa sound ?

Fox Mulder Quakeman1 at
Sun Aug 24 11:50:16 CEST 2008

Now i got audicious running but don't know why. Maybe i installed a
package which was missing but is not in the dependencies list.

I found out, that the text2speech engines were not compiles with alsa
support, wha i had to install "alsa-oss" to support oss sound output.
With help of this package i can use espeak and flite with no problems. :)

And thanks for the tip with smplayer. It seems i overread this in the
last posts.

But there are two things what gives me headaches.

When playing one mp3 file i got heavy cpu usage. Audacious uses ~45-50%
cpu and mplayer uses ~65% cpu. I think this is a bit high for just
playing mp3, or is this really normal?

The other thing is, that xfce always starts applications in maximized
windows and i can't change this state. I can only minimize them, but not
use them in a normal sized window like on the pc xfce desktop. Specially
for small programs like audacious it is a bad thing to run in full
screen. Even when i open the file list it opens a new maximized window
instead of opening it beneath the main audacious window. :/

Is there any way to let me change the window size like with the normal
pc xfce desktop?


Matt wrote:
> smplayer [1] is a usable gui for mplayer.
> I do get some choppy sound, is that due the the os and mp3 being on the 
> same sd?
> [1]
> debian-gta02:~# apt-cache show smplayer
> Package: smplayer
> Priority: optional
> Section: graphics
> Installed-Size: 1916
> Maintainer: Matvey Kozhev <sikon at>
> Architecture: armel
> Version: 0.6.1-1
> Depends: libc6 (>= 2.7-1), libgcc1 (>= 1:4.3), libqt4-network (>= 
> 4.4.0), libqtcore4 (>= 4.4.0), libqtgui4 (>= 4.4.0), libstdc++6 (>= 
> 4.3), smplayer-translations (= 0.6.1-1), mplayer | mplayer-nogui
> Recommends: smplayer-themes
> Filename: pool/main/s/smplayer/smplayer_0.6.1-1_armel.deb
> Size: 870362
> MD5sum: f8197d12190469db204bbf3d1cbf39a7
> SHA1: 17bb3b854aa65c7348485fd00802551772b4885e
> SHA256: e62660931d09066387b9b2d9651147fce650ca827e7425a1c096e56bf9f9da93
> Description: complete front-end for MPlayer
>   Qt Mplayer front-end, with basic features like playing
>   videos, DVDs, and VCDs to more advanced features like support
>   for MPlayer filters and more. One of the most interesting features
>   of SMPlayer: it remembers the settings of all files you play.
>   So you start to watch a movie but you have to leave... don't
>   worry, when you open that movie again it will resume at the same
>   point you left it, and with the same settings: audio track,
>   subtitles, volume...
> Homepage:
> Tag: uitoolkit::qt
> Fox Mulder wrote:
>> Interesting is, that alsaplayer produces sound output when playing a mp3
>> file. But the playing is stuttering extremly.
>> MPG123 (MPG123-alsa) can't output sound with an error message writing to
>> the output device.
>> Audacious crashes with a segmentation fault.
>> BMPX hangs as soon as i want to select a mp3 file.
>> Only mplayer plays the mp3's without any problems so i can hear it.
>> It seems that the sound system and programs are not as stable/useable as
>> i hoped. :/
>> Ciao,
>>      Rainer
>> Matt wrote:
>>> I have Debain+FSO+Updates installed and do have sound.
>>> aplay made an awful racket, but mplayer worked fine.
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