KDE choppy sound (System Notificactions only)

Gonzalo Nemmi gnemmi at gmail.com
Fri Aug 1 08:06:22 UTC 2008

Quite simple and straight forward.

[gonzalo at inferna ~]% uname -a
FreeBSD inferna.inferna.com.ar 7.0-RELEASE FreeBSD 7.0-RELEASE #0: Sun Jul 20 
03:44:42 ART 2008     
root at inferna.inferna.com.ar:/usr/obj/usr/src/sys/INFERNA  i386
[gonzalo at inferna ~]%

Sound system and driver are built into my kernel.

Sound works like a charm in here (Amarok for ogg/mp3, Kaffeine for videos, 
Doom3, World of Padman, Quake3, etc, etc ), everything build from ports.

The only "gotcha" are KDE's "System Notificactions" (start up, shutdown, 
etc ..). They are not exactly choppy .. they seem to eat miliseconds of 
sound ... sound doesn t cut .. it remains a stream .. is just that some 
miliseconds dissapear. 

Is there a workaround for that?

I already tried:


but to no avail .. System Notificactions are still choppy ...
maybe it's ony me ... Anyone getting the same on your systems?

pciconf -vl
pcm0 at pci0:4:2:0:        class=0x040100 card=0x80401102 chip=0x00021102 
rev=0x08 hdr=0x00
    vendor     = 'Creative Technology LTD.'
    device     = 't4780010004541 Sound Blaster Live! (Also Live! 5.1) - OEM 
from DELL - CT4780'
    class      = multimedia
    subclass   = audio

(just in case .. the card is _not_ an OEM from DELL ... it was originally 
buyed Boxed, brand new, and the exact model was Sound Blaster Live! X-Gamer 
Edition, and it is 4.1).

Any help will be greatly appreciated

Thanks :) 
Gonzalo Nemmi

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