/dev/dsp "device busy" - one possible solution
mvh at ix.netcom.com
Sun Feb 8 16:58:37 PST 2004
I was playing around with kde 3.2 and a crashing artsd was locking up
my sound system - any further attempts to use sound from gnome or xmms
or anything failed with
/dev/dsp - device busy
messages. fstat and lsof showed nothing holding the device. A reboot
would fix it, but why reboot FreeBSD?
I then remembered from a while ago that if I did the following...
# cat /dev/dsp
and then of course cntl-C to stop the output
the device was no longer busy!
I don't know why, but on my hardware at least (Turtle Beach Santa
Cruz) this will 'unfreeze' the dsp output device.
I'm just sending to the group as I searched for a while before I
remembered my fix, and found no answers. So, if you are having the
same problem looking for an answer, give this a try and report on your
success. Maybe we can get this in to the FAQ.
- Mike H.
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