I noticed recently that VLC starts with distorted sound .... but comes right again after a short while .......
Well, I uninstalled the PA-VLC plugin and that took care of that issue, but...
Sometimes starting VLC and changing to SPDIF, it complains about the device being busy, and I have to try a few times. Slightly annoying, but at least I can get some surround.
lately i noticed that most apps now have the necessary PA function built in.
Yes, and VLC is one of those, it seems...
As I mentioned previously ...... cannot even make suggestions about the surround sound .... don't use it and have never tried it
I do seem to recall some post on this forum about 5.1 sound and Pulse Audio ..... if it is still there you may be able to find it.
Trust me, I have hoovered every source I can find on the subject. Dismayingly, though, most seems to have one thing in common: the op rarely get it to work.
I had hoped that someone here had it working and would drop by - if not with a soluition, then at least to confirm that it is possible... but this thread is probably getting to cluttered by now for someone to jump in...
The big advantage I have when using Pulse Audio is that I can have different hardware in use at the same time, for different purposes ....... for instance ...... the speakers playing the sound from a film ....... wireless headphones playing music ..... and a Bluetooth earpiece set to do VOIP calls .......
My only need for this would be Skype (sheesh, I haven't even had the guts to try it after this, fearing another can of worms), and as it has selective controls for the audio devices, PA is not specifically needed for this.
Hopefully when the packagers get around to updating PA and introducing PA Prefs we will have even more options to use from the GUI ..... such as audio over the LAN etc
I am kind of hoping that perhaps a fresher kernel sometime in the future might have a better driver for my MoBo and sort this out... but somehow I am not sure I can believe that's where the issue is.
I think I might pull a few live discs of other distroes down, just to see if this works out of the box on any of them... when I can be *rsed.
Thanks for sticking with me on this one, your 'hand holding', such as it is, is helpful!