Saturday, September 02, 2006

Resolved audio problems whenn viewing flash sites through firefox

While using firefox to browse flash based sites like google videos, you tube no audio was available, though video was perfect. The reason is although firefox uses a daemon libesd, falsh programs directly use the device file /dev/dsp which can be opened only once. Whatever problems that existed with flash and sound was being taken care of by a wrapper script provided by esd. But this was a very inefficient method as outlined in the bug report.

The workout around or way to fix it, is to use alsa.
First remove esd from the system.
apt-get remove esound esound-clients

Restart firefox and audio should be available now.

If this doesnt fix it, then install also-oss
apt-get install alsa-oss

Ran across this solution here

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