Benaiah\’s Computer Experiences

July 19, 2007

Amarok Problems (Part 2)

Filed under: amarok, Audio, ubuntu, xine — Benaiah @ 9:04 pm

A few weeks ago I wrote about a problem that I was having with Amarok. The player was not able to load the xine audio drivers. Since then I have figured out why this was. I often run Windows in a Virtual Machine (VM) using VMware and so VMware was using the drivers. The fix? Either shut down the VM or disable the audio.

Here is how to disable the sound adapter without shutting down the VM:

From the menu at the top of the screen select VM >> Removable Devices >> Sound Adapter >> Disconnect

You may have to restart Amarok to get it to load the drivers.

See Amarok Problems



  1. Here is how I fix this problem – hope it works for you

    yum -y install alsa-oss alsa-oss-libs alsa-tools alsamixergui
    chmod +s /usr/lib/libaoss*

    mv /usr/lib/vmware/bin/vmware-vmx /usr/lib/vmware/bin/vmware-vmx.real
    echo ‘#!/bin/bash’ >>/usr/lib/vmware/bin/vmware-vmx
    echo ‘ exec /usr/lib/vmware/bin/vmware-vmx.real “$@”‘ >>/usr/lib/vmware/bin/vmware-vmx
    chmod +x /usr/lib/vmware/bin/vmware-vmx

    Comment by Dave Hatton — September 30, 2007 @ 8:10 am

  2. @Dave: These instructions – with a few modifications for differing file locations – work awesome under Gentoo as well, and were exactly the workaround I was looking for.

    Comment by Hedley Robertson — February 20, 2008 @ 12:45 pm

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