Sound performance problems in FreeBSD

Sean McNeil sean at
Sat Sep 25 19:59:59 PDT 2004

On Sat, 2004-09-25 at 19:53, Ryan Freeman wrote:
> hello, sorry to drag up a slightly outdated topic, but i just installed 5.3beta5
> and i'm having the same issue. the last time i used freebsd was back in march at
> version 5.2 and 5.2.1. the issue existed then too, hence trying out 5.3beta5 now
> +to
> see if it was gone. while it isn't gone, i'm glad to see people are finally
> +noticing
> the problem as more than just "oh your hardware must be faulty". i ran the
> +following:
> > An easy way to reproduce these
> > skips is to run `while true; do sysctl vm.vmtotal; done`, while 
> > playing an mp3.
> and i get the nice "person being removed from the matrix" effect. haven't yet
> +tried
> the patch, but i want to get on that asap. can anyone else verify that the patch
> works? and furthermore, is it going to be worked into the freebsd source
> +post-haste? ;) thanks,
> - ryan
> hardware includes: athlon xp 1900+, 768mb DDR, sblive 5.1.

What patch are you referring to?  I've had very poor playback on my
amd64 machine with esd for a long time.  If I use xmms or something like
it and have it go directly to the OSS driver instead of through esd then
I have no issues at all.


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