[mythtv-users] Something is currently using /dev/dsp

Nick Morrott knowledgejunkie at gmail.com
Thu Feb 1 12:24:23 UTC 2007

On 01/02/07, Justin Luitjens <luitjens at cs.utah.edu> wrote:
> Hi when my myth user logs into KDE I get the error message below in the
> mythfrontend output:
> 2007-02-01 00:57:58.502 Opening OSS audio device '/dev/dsp'.
> 2007-02-01 00:57:58.502 AudioOutput Error: WARNING: something is
> currently using: /dev/dsp, retrying.
> 2007-02-01 00:57:58.502 NVP: Disabling Audio, reason is: WARNING:
> something is currently using: /dev/dsp, retrying.
> This causes my frontend to not have audio for around 5 minutes and then
> it works fine.  I have nothing odd in my autostart with KDE.  Is KDE
> just being slow to initialize the sound card or is it likely that some
> programs are trying to use it?

It could be the KDE Sound System, which can be disabled as it can
interfere with your audio playback. If the device was missing (not yet
initialised) the error might be different (such as 'Device not

# fuser /dev/dsp

might tell you if it is being used after logging in.

Any reason you are not using ALSA for audio playback?

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