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Thread: galago ultrapro no sound in firefox, amarok plays ok

  1. #1
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    Oct 2011

    galago ultrapro no sound in firefox, amarok plays ok

    So I have a Galago Ultrapro that I upgraded to 13.10. I have Ubuntu, Kubuntu and Xubuntu all installed and the problem I'm having is the same in each. Basically, I can play music in Amarok but I can't get audio in Firefox or Parole Media Player. I can get audio in Dragon Player though. So it's not just a flash issue. I have actually uninstalled flash and installed lightspark for my browser plugin because I couldn't even get youtube videos to play at all with the adobe flash plugin. Now they play, just without sound. Has anyone else had a similar problem and if so what did you do to fix it? I'm getting close to doing a clean install but I really don't want to go through the pain of copying all my files back over to the laptop, especially if it's not even guaranteed to help at all. Thanks for any suggestions.


  2. #2
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    Oct 2011

    Re: galago ultrapro no sound in firefox, amarok plays ok

    Ok I have it fixed. After some googling I took a guess that maybe it was a problem with alsa letting multiple applications play sound at a time. I uninstalled lightspark and reinstalled adobe flash player manually (downloaded the tar.gz file from adobe directly and copying to ~/.mozilla/plugins/). This page - suggested installing alsa-oss with sudo apt-get install alsa-oss and then making a firefoxrc file at /etc/firefox/firefoxrc that contained the following - FIREFOX_DSP="aoss"

    At that point I could play youtube videos with audio if I hadn't opened amarok first. However, to get audio to play in amarok I had to close both programs and then open amarok. So any time I wanted to switch which program could play audio, I'd have to close both programs and then restart the one I wanted to play audio.

    Further searching revealed this at the alsa project page (
    creating a .asoundrc file or /etc/asound.conf file with the following in it -
    pcm.!default {
    type plug
    slave.pcm "dmixer"

    pcm.dmixer {
    type dmix
    ipc_key 1024
    slave {
    pcm "hw:1,0"
    period_time 0
    period_size 1024
    buffer_size 4096
    rate 44100
    bindings {
    0 0
    1 1

    ctl.dmixer {
    type hw
    card 0

    The only change I made was to change "card 0" to "card PCH"

    I can now play audio in multiple programs at the same time without having to shut any and reopen them. Hope this helps someone.


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