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About payasam

  • Birthday 08/18/1950

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    Delhi, India
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    Photography, north Indian classical music, communing with puppies.

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  1. Friends, no luck so far and I'm getting disheartened. The only problem in four or five years which this forum has not helped me solve.
  2. Thank you, John. [edit] Tried init 3. No improvement. I STILL DO NOT KNOW if I am doing the right things.
  3. Not knowing how to "do an init3", I just typed that in as root: with the response "not recognised".
  4. When I disable Pulse Audio, I do not get even a crackle from the speakers on start-up. Running alsaconf brings this at the end: "Sound is being used by pid 19419". Does this tell us anything? I have now used Linux for five years. Is it a sign of Progress that only MDV 2009 and MDV 2010 have given me trouble with sound?
  5. I've tried that, Scarecrow. Didn't bring up the audio. Maybe this was because I didn't configure alsa. I don't know how to do that.
  6. On 2010, the same problem. In 2009 I had managed to get sound to work. Now that I have moved "up" to 2010, I am again without sound. There is a crackle from the speakers on booting up, but no welcome fanfare.
  7. It was there, Greg. I always copy it when I install Everest. Just checked, and both programs are now running. Maybe it was just a matter of rebooting. Thank you.
  8. Thanks. Have that already, installed because xzgv called for libjpeg.
  9. I have just moved to 2010. Two programs, TreePad and Everest Dictionary, have stopped working. At the command prompt I get the error "undefined symbol: initPAnsiStrings". This has something to do with Kylix, it seems.
  10. Eminently sensible, John. How are you, young friend?
  11. Now I'm really confused, scarecrow. Will switching to a stock Firefox solve my Thunderbird problem? Firefox runs fine with PA, it's Thunderbird that doesn't run.
  12. Scarecrow, I heard the shot when you let PulseAudio have it in the head. Don't hide, please. Removing PA in the ordinary way is not an option: the package manager threatens to remove 173 packages in all, which probably wouldn't leave the computer good even for Pong.
  13. Silly of me to look everywhere but in the right place. I now have sound and video in VLC and MPlayer. However, now Thunderbird does not run. Here is what I get when I try to run it from the command line: ALSA lib pcm_dmix.c:1008:(snd_pcm_dmix_open) unable to open slave /usr/lib/thunderbird- line 131: 5538 Segmentation fault /usr/bin/soundwrapper "$prog" ${1+"$@"} [edit] With Pulse Audio enabled in MCC, sound works but Thunderbird does not. When it is disabled, Thunderbird works but there is no sound. I recently installed Linux Mint on a friend's computer. To get things moving it was necessary to remove Pulse Audio completely. Could that be the solution of my problem? If it is, how do I go about it?
  14. Scarecrow, please see posts 22 and 23. I have a fresh installation of MDV + GNOME. No video. Cannot remember, and cannot find, the place where I specified X11. No audio either, but perhaps I shall set that right.
  15. Scarecrow, I have for a long while preferred VLC, but I also have MPlayer and a couple of others. I don't know where to specify the video output. [edit] In MPlayer, xv was specified. Videos began playing as soon as I changed it to X11. Now I must look into the other players. Thank you all for your patience.
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