[Sidefx-houdini-list] no audio playback w/suse 10.2 KDE

Lisa Reynolds lisa at red3d.com
Thu Jan 17 01:01:41 EST 2008

I *finally* got this working. It seems like Houdini is using the OSS  
server which isn't supported on my machine. I found a wrapper called  
aoss which teaches OSS applications how to play nice with ALSA. Once  
I used it I got full sound out of Houdini.

In the hfs bin directory there is a script called  
"startupScriptLINUX" where I changed the last line

from: exec $0-bin "$@"
to: exec aoss $0-bin "$@"

I'm not sure if this is the best place to make this change, but it  
worked and now I'm a happy camper.

This is an example of why I *really* want SESI to create an OS X  
native version of Houdini. I get so tired of spending hours trying to  
configure tablets, soundcards, drivers, etc.. I can run every  
application I need or want on Mac OS X except Houdini.


> Date: Fri, 11 Jan 2008 14:57:37 +0000
> From: "Peter Bowmar" <pbowmar at gmail.com>
> Subject: Re: [Sidefx-houdini-list] no audio playback w/suse 10.2 KDE
> To: sidefx-houdini-list at sidefx.com
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> Ah yes, good call Paul. I do make sure I'm only running Houdini when I
> want to use Audio. No Xine or Firefox etc...
> Cheers
> peter B
> On 11/01/2008, paul simpson <paul at realisestudio.com> wrote:
>> lisa,
>> i also have sound to be picky with suse 10.2 kde & houdini.  i can  
>> get it
>> working if i quit firefox - then start houdini.  i think that  
>> firefox grabs
>> the sound if any web pages have embedded audio/video.  hope this  
>> helps...
>> -paul
>> On 11/01/2008, Peter Bowmar <pbowmar at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> Hi Lisa,
>>> It works OK for me, however I'm not sure what advice to offer. I use
>>> the Alsa sound drivers which I think is the default since I haven't
>>> meddled with anything in KDE vis a vis the sounds.
>>> Try going into Kmix and cranking everything up to 11 maybe?
>>> Cheers,
>>> Peter B
>>> On 10/01/2008, Lisa Reynolds <lisa at red3d.com> wrote:
>>>> I'm not getting any audio playback either through the file  
>>>> setting or
>>>> the chop setting in the audio panel with H9.0.794 (64 bit) and
>>>> opensuse 10.2 using KDE. I can play the file fine outside of  
>>>> Houdini
>>>> via realplayer. The file is 16 bit 44.1 kHz. I can see the waveform
>>>> in my timeline, but don't hear anything when I play it. Another  
>>>> user
>>>> sent me some test files to try and I got the same results.  I'm
>>>> thinking this may be a KDE/Houdini interaction. I checked my KDE
>>>> settings and it mentions that it has complete control over the  
>>>> audio
>>>> system but can be set to relinquish control if it is idle. It is  
>>>> set
>>>> to do that after 5 seconds.
>>>> Does anyone using Suse 10.2 and KDE have audio playback working?  
>>>> Any
>>>> thoughts of what else I can check?

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