client doesn't play anything: The ALSA soundsystem is either busy or not present

Asked by Andrea Grandi on 2008-04-24

Since I've upgraded to Ubuntu 8.04 from my 7.10 I cannot use client (the official one) anymore. Every time I launch it, I get this error message: The ALSA soundsystem is either busy or not present

How can I fix it?

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Rafik Ouerchefani (rafik) said : #1


There is some sound issues with some configurations after upgrading to Hardy.
Try with this in your terminal :

sudo /etc/init.d/alsa-utils reset


Dori (tsurd2) said : #2

I have upgraded from Kubuntu &.10 to 8.04

and used 2.6.24-16-generic

the reset solved my sound problem ( I had no sound after the upgrade)

thanks :)

Dori (tsurd2) said : #3

Edit: I have upgraded from Kubuntu 7.10 to 8.04

Andrea Grandi (andreagrandi) said : #4

Thanks Dori, that solved my question.

Andrea Grandi (andreagrandi) said : #5

Ehm... I have to say that it doesn't resolve the bug. For example, if I stop playing on and open Firefox and try to play a youtube video, I cannot hear any sound. Sound things look like fucked up with this latest Ubuntu :(

Markus Thielmann (thielmann) said : #6

Andrea: This is another problem, see bug #192888. You should close this question and add yourself to the bug watchlist.

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