Sound drops

Hollis R Blanchard hollis+ at
Thu Mar 11 05:41:41 EST 1999

On Wed, 10 Mar 1999, Hubert Figuiere wrote:
> I don't like to work in silence, so I usually play back a 
> bunch of mp3 with xaudio under Linux PPC from my PowerBook.

xaudio? Haven't heard of it.

> The problem is that I get a lot of sound drops like if the machine
> were "mono-tasking". I have never had this with PC hardware under Linux.
> It appears that those drops occurs when doing intensive graphics like
> a Netscape redrawing or a huge text scroll within an xterm. This happens
> with Xpmac or XFB_Dev.

Try adding a buffer switch - for example, mpg123 takes -b1024 where 1024 is
the size of the buffer in K, IIRC. I don't have any idea what xaudio is, but
I think most sound playback programs have specifiable buffers.


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