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Friday, December 2nd 2005, 10:48pm

No sound in non-kde app running under kde-desktop

I am running putty from my kde desktop. I have configured putty for Normal alert sound
but when I type a wrong character that should trigger an alert sound, I hear nothing.

In kde applications, I get proper sounds. How do I get non-kde applications to
sound off.

Tnx Clare



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Location: Corning, NY

Occupation: Systems Analyst

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Friday, December 2nd 2005, 11:22pm

RE: No sound in non-kde app running under kde-desktop

Normally, this happens because Arts (the KDE sound system) is hogging the audio device.

There are a few ways to deal with this. If you're lucky enough to have a sound card for which ALSA has hardware mixing support, you can configure that (don't ask me how) and turn off Arts altogether. If not, you can try the option in the Control Center to suspend Arts if it is not used after a certain amount of time. The only problem with that is that it's not very good for notifications, because you still can't have KDE and non-KDE applications playing sounds at the same time.

The only other half-solution I know of is to use artsdsp to try to filter non-KDE applications' sounds through Arts. The disadvantage of this is that you have to stick artsdsp before each command you run and, in my experience, the sound quality is degraded.


Saturday, December 3rd 2005, 5:37am

I have recently banned arts completely from my pc. The newer kernels (2.6.x) can handle several sound sources at once directly, while arts did have tons of problems, without it everything works fine.
Just uninstall all arts packages and tell your multimedia apps and kde to use alsa drivers directly, this works like a charm.