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Thread: Ubuntu 13.04 Bad Sound In Games

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    Question Ubuntu 13.04 Bad Sound In Games

    I have Skype installed and the hardware sound test using Pulse Audio works with no distortion.

    I play games where the launcher command HAS TO BE PREFIXED with "padsp" to get any sound at all. What does "padsp" mean?

    My games play with choppy sound. NOTE: My Ubuntu laptop had no sound issue when I ran Ubuntu 12.10 with the same hardware.

    Is there a prefix to force games to use Pulse Audio I'm thinking since Pulse Audio works with Skype, if I can get games to use it the choppiness would go away.
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    Re: Ubuntu 13.04 Bad Sound In Games

    It means to emulate the legacy OSS sound API (which Linux used before ALSA).

    Is there a prefix to force games to use pulseaudio?
    It depends on the application. Which games are we talking about here?

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