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Alsa-Pulse-Issue / underrun

Difficult solution doesn't seem to work

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Stargreeter Monday 19 October 2015 at 14:32

Some problems have the same cause for me, it is a quite common sound-issue, known as the "alsa-pulse-issue". Symptoms are crackling and so on ruining the sound and more or less an effect on performance. Sometimes a crash.

The logs repeated this line (according to how long you were in the game for thousands of lines):

"ALSA lib pcm.c:7843:(snd_pcm_recover) underrun occurred"

There are some advisors in the web:

- concerning different issues
- just leading to (3):
- concerning my issue, but with extras

- a buzzword-catalogue for alsa
- like the name tells, a systematic approach

- a source to link 3; a cleaner hit to my issue
- official information about the file "asoundrc"

the solution for my issue demands changes on the file "". how to locate and to open it with "sudo" i could read in link 3. i had to look, what i really needed there and to modifiy a little bit (i wrote "gedit" instead of "kate"). (btw - link 5 offers a different solution on this file, just compared)
i followed link 6 so far, but there is a second file, which must be edited, ".asoundrc". first I couldn't find it (even looking for hidden files; well, i see it is one) on my computer. later i saw link 7, who explains, that alsa is running without this file in default and it isn't needed always. but its purpose is to define, what is not default, and i wanted to do that. so i put the "changes" from link 6 to a textfile and saved it to my home as ".soundrc".

In the end i tried the soundtest, mentioned in link 6. but i think, something went wrong (or simply: it doesn't work so far). i heard a crackling sound only and don't got the message, which should pop up.
Instead in terminal appeared:

fixme:winediag:AUDDRV_GetAudioEndpoint Winepulse is not officially supported by the wine project
fixme:winediag:AUDDRV_GetAudioEndpoint For sound related feedback and support, please visit
err:ole:CoInitializeEx Attempt to change threading model of this apartment from multi-threaded to apartment threaded

while testing i got a wine-configuration window. it says chosen driver is "winepulse.drv". all standards are set to "system standard", but scrolling down them just reveals "Pulseaudio" (seems to be a version 4.0).

So i am still with pulseaudio and not with alsa directly ?

Hm, next to "" is a "" - i shouldn't fiddle around with that, should i?

Perhaps i forgot to modify something ?

I am an old veteran gamer from times of C=64 on - used to ms-dos and basic - but i prefer linux ubuntu trusty tahr and dislike windy win-doh!-s and nasty nsa and webwielding whackers and spying spiders - face me in a dungeon and i'll show you (you mobs)!

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