Amarok’s sound output broken by default in Ubuntu 8.04

Screenshot of Amarok 1.4.9.1's engine configuration output plugin selection in Ubuntu 8.04

After installing Ubuntu Linux 8.04 (Hardy Heron), I didn’t get any sound when I tried to play sound files in Amarok (the distribution’s own package of version 1.4.9.1), a music oriented audio player/music library for *nix.

I fixed this by changing opening Settings - Configure Amarok - Engine and changing the Xine engine’s (no other engine is installed by default these days) output plugin from “default” to “alsa“. The problem is probably related to PulseAudio, a new sound server used by default in many recent GNU/Linux distributions.


Comment on “Amarok’s sound output broken by default in Ubuntu 8.04”

  1. Frank says:

    Thanks for that, Amarok was hanging for me but I think this engine change has fixed it. Only problem now being that I only get sound through my headphones – not my laptop speakers. Which is the reverse of the problem I was having in 7.10.

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