[MPlayer-users] Problems with mplayer and PulseAudio on Ubuntu 10.04

Mihai Sucan mihai.sucan at gmail.com
Thu May 13 13:34:37 CEST 2010

Hello Reimar et al!

I found the following Ubuntu PPA repo:


... which includes the latest release of OpenAL. I installed it and now  
mplayer works fine. Yay!

If anyone else has this problem, just upgrade OpenAL. Thanks to everyone,  
and especially to you Reimar for pointing me into the right direction.

Best regards,

Le Mon, 10 May 2010 22:36:47 +0300, Reimar Döffinger  
<Reimar.Doeffinger at gmx.de> a écrit:

> Simple issue simple solution: Ubuntu as usual completely skipped any and  
> all
> quality checks (though in this case they are not the only ones) and  
> shippes
> a completely broken OpenAL version which does ALSA stuff whenever the  
> library
> gets loaded (whoever came up with this deserves to be banned from any  
> and all
> software development for at least a year).
> If PulseAudio is the only thing that this breaks you're lucky.
> Solutions:
> 1) Remove OpenAL, completely and compile your own MPlayer
> 2) Get a non-broken OpenAL package from somewhere and use that instead
> 3) Use some kind of wrapper library that redirects ALSA accesses or do  
> some
> other thing that makes sure OpenAL can't actually do anything bad to your
> soundcard via ALSA.

Mihai Sucan

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