Sound drops

Paul Mackerras paulus at
Thu Mar 11 09:42:07 EST 1999

Hubert Figuiere <hub at> 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.
> 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.

One thing to try is `hdparm -u1 /dev/hda'.  That sets the IDE driver
to allow interrupts during transfers to/from your hard disk.  I don't
know if it will help in your particular case, but it's worth trying.


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