The right sound driver
david_walcroft at yahoo.com.au
Wed Nov 9 22:45:13 UTC 2005
Paul Lemmons wrote:
> Ok, I give up. I don't get it. I need some guidance when it comes to
> configuring sound on Fedora Core 4.
> It looks like I have 6 choices when I select the audio device in the KDE
> Control Center. I have it set to Autodetect but really wonder if it did
> a good job of detection.
> The 6 choices I have are:
> - Autodetect
> - Threaded open sound
> - Enlightened sound daemon
> - No Audio Input/Output
> - Advanced Linux Sound Architecture
> - Open Sound System
> If I read this list correctly there are really only 4 specific options
> that will provide sound. I believe (not 100% sure) that I have
> Autodetected the "ALSA" selection. I can get good sound but it appears
> that only one application can make sound at a time.
> Is there any choice that is better than others? I have done some
> research and recognize "ALSA", "ESD" and "OSD" but do not know the
> advantages and disadvantages of each.
> If it helps, the types of applications that I run that I would like to
> be able to access the sound system are:
> - Music Player (rhythm box)
> - VmWare 5.0 running WinXP and Fedora Rawhide
> - Evolution (need to hear the alerts)
> It would be really nice if all of these applications could cooperate and
> all have the ability to produce sound at the same time.
My choice on my machine is always 1/ ALSA 2/OSD 3/ESD 4/Autodetect; Alsa
is the default sound system.
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