[alsa-devel] ALSA Problem - Broken Pipe

Takashi Iwai tiwai at suse.de
Thu Jul 10 21:16:23 CEST 2008

At Wed, 9 Jul 2008 20:31:19 -0400,
Kristin Low wrote:
> Hi all,
> I apologize if this isn't the right place to ask for help, but no one who
> I've asked knows how to help and I'm somewhat new to Linux.
> I'm running Ubuntu Hardy Heron and haven't changed any config files
> (practically a fresh install) however ALSA does not work properly and I
> assume that because of this, Pulseaudio doesn't work either (it breaks when
> ALSA does). Playing a song, I can hear the song for a random length of time
> and then it cuts out. If I run VLC from a terminal, it claims "alsa output
> error: write error (broken pipe)" as the cause and continues to write that
> over the screen until I force VLC to quit. If I restart the song again, the
> same thing occurs. Pulseaudio cuts out and says it gets a POLLERR from ALSA.
> When I login, only part of the login sounds play and are cut just the same
> as any songs or audio files I try. It seems like my sound card is detected
> fine, and OSS works when I select to use it instead. It's on a laptop, a
> Toshiba Satellite a70.

Do you have any kernel error/warning messages?
Also, do you mean "OSS works" that OSS emulation works?


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