After a few weeks away from LMCE I am now attempting a new install. I look forward to trying this out, thanks for doing it.
You're welcome. I hope it works as well for you as it does for me.
I went through these instructions and got 8.10 to play flawlessly with the mythtv frontend over hdmi. Thanks!
Great to hear! I havn't actually tested with mythtv.
I went back to /etc/pluto/xine.conf and changed the audio.driver setting back to "auto" and it gave me the same plea.
This should work as 'auto' or 'alsa'.
Reading around various posts it seems that it might be caused by another program hijacking alsa and not releasing it (for example mythtv) but without pursuing this further, I wondered it anyone had a similar problem or had ideas about how to overcome it.
I don't expect this is an issue unless you've installed extra software that may hijack the audio card.
I have the 22.214.171.124 alsa drivers installed and the latest libxine2 and pluto-xine dpkg packages from phenigma.
My only other thought is that I have 3 devices available from the NVIDIA driver install, and I have set up one device as default as per the instructions in ~/.asoundrc and /home/linuxmce/.asoundrc:
I don't believe I altered /etc/asound.conf or any .asoundrc files.
Make sure you have enabled 'Passthrough' for ac3 & dts in the webadmin for the media director in question.
I use the following in my xine.conf.
As you can tell, alsa is a big black box to me so I need some help troubleshooting what went wrong, since mythtv uses this fix so perfectly.
Alsa config is very cryptic, I havn't found any really good resources for configuring.
here is my aplay -l if that helps:
I have my motherboard's onboard sound disabled in bios so that it is not detected and doesn't interfere in anyway with my configuration.