Jud judmarc at fastmail.fm
Sun Nov 9 05:23:48 PST 2003

On Sun, 9 Nov 2003 01:05:20 -0800, William Dean DeVries  
<william_devries at wsu.edu> wrote:

>     Maybe some program is starting a sound daemon, like esd or  
> something.  If you started gnome or kde or possible anything else this  
> may be the case.  You should maybe use run 'ps aux' and see what is  
> running when the sound doesn't work. If you have a sound daemon running  
> it should be possible to make mplayer use it.
>    You could try 'shutdown now'(it will quit all you programs) which  
> will drop your system into single user mode after you mplayer's sound  
> quits and then type 'exit'.  I never reboot unless I have to.  If the  
> works after-wards its probably something using the sound device.  You  
> really should't be using root for anything but maintenance(ie watching  
> movie should probably be done as a user).
> --James
>> Here is the output from dmesg on my DVD
>> acd0: DVD-ROM <IDE DVD-ROM 16X> at ata1-master PIO4
>> Using FreeBSD 4.8
>> When I play a DVD with mplayer (usually with these options)
>> mplayer -brightness 9 -autosync 30 -dvd 1 /dev/dvd
>> I can play the DVD without ANY problems what so ever. The problem is
>> this. Say I just booted into FreeBSD, did a startx, loged into root and
>> ran mplayer with those options. It will play fine and no sound problem.
>> After a couple hours or so (using those same commands usually) I can
>> still play the DVD but no sound. If I reboot *AFTER* the sound problem
>> then I get the sound back. There are no other applications running at
>> the same time to block the audio so I don't know what it could be. Other
>> than this small problem, DVD is working pretty good so far for me under
>> FreeBSD.

You may get better performance from your DVD player if you include the  
following line in /boot/loader.conf:


Try it and see.  If it causes a problem you can edit it out.


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