[MPlayer-users] Audio driver problems in 1.0pre1

Carl Michal michal at physics.ubc.ca
Tue Sep 9 07:13:36 CEST 2003

I've had some odd audio problems.

Often if I use mplayer to play audio only files, it isn't able to
initialize my audio drivers, it complains:

Can't open audio device /dev/dsp: Resource temporarily unavailable.

With 0.90 and 0.91, I've always been able to workaround this by using
mplayer to play a movie with audio and video (audio seems to always work
with a movie), and then play audio only with no problem.  This always

With 1.0pre1, I see the problem much more frequently, and now playing a
movie never helps,

It seems like the audio driver is getting confused somehow, and something
that mplayer did in 0.90 and 0.91 would unconfuse it, but 1.0pre1 no
longer corrects it.

I'm running RedHat 8.0 on a Dell Inspiron 8100

Audio hardware is ESS ES1983D Maestro-3i, using oss maestro3 driver.

kernel: 2.4.18-24.8.0
gcc 3.2 20020903 (for 1.0pre1 I had to compile libfaad2 without
optimization, or remove it completely but had the same problem either way)


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