Crackling sound in games, pulseaudio CPU usage high (F10)

William John Murray bill.murray at
Mon Dec 1 16:48:42 UTC 2008

On Mon, 2008-12-01 at 11:16 -0500, fedora-list-request at wrote:
> > Couldn't find info about this anywhere, but I have this really
> annoying
> > problem, whereby in games, be they ETQW (full version) or games
> included
> > in the stock Fedora distrib, have very bad sound quality. Lots of
> > crackling. The CPU usage of pulseaudio shoots up to 20% (that's on a
> dual
> > core Pentium D).

It did this for me too. Awful.
It used 70% of my CPU trying to watch a film in mplayer, etc. This on a
single-core 2GHz laptop.
But I just found, in /etc/pulse, there was a daemon.conf from September
and a daemon.conf.rpmnew.
   The old one had things like:
nice-level -11
realtime-priority = 5
When I swapped to the rmpnew conf file things got much better.

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