Ubuntu Multimedia :: Rhythmbox: Accessing Disk Every Few Seconds While Playing?

May 18, 2010

I'm running Lucid and have an annoying problem with Rhythmbox: while playing, it constantly accesses the disk, every 2-3 seconds drrrrd drrrrd. Listening to some silent music is horrible - the output of the speakers is lower than the noise of the local disk.

Maybe relevant settings in Edit->Preferences:
Playback -> Network Buffer Size: 1024 kB
Music -> Watch my library for new files: off

Is there anything else one can change? It can't be that difficult to read a <10MB file into memory right from the start and not touch the disk drrrrd every few seconds?! P.S. I verified by turning off the speakers and start/stop playback - the noise there on playback and not if turned off. Reliably.

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Ubuntu Multimedia :: Mpg123 Hangs After A Few Seconds Playing

Jul 24, 2010

I try to play some music with my PlugComputer and I use an USB audio key. I have succefully installed linux-sound-base, alsa and mpg123. When I run mpg123 the sound loud during 5 seconds and stop. After the device is locked and nothing can be played without rebooting.


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Ubuntu Multimedia :: Rhythmbox Stops Playing 10.04

Aug 21, 2010

I just reinstalled Ubuntu 10.04 on my desktop. I am always playing music, and when I recently noticed that Rhythmbox won't play my music. It will play the first few songs, then it will just stop, and it thinks its playing, but its not.



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May 15, 2010

When I try to play netradio in Rhythmbox it hangs. This only happens with Windows Media Streams, not with Ogg Streams, but as most internet radio is in Windows Media Streams this is a problem The link I am trying to play uses the mms protocol. When I try to play the link in Movie player it also just hangs, :S, but in VLC it works, but VLC is not a very handy music player.

I suspect that I would maybe need some GStreamer plugins but which? The link I try to play is this: mms://wmscr1.dr.dk/e04ch10m But I am not sure it will play outside Denmark, so you might not be able to this the link out yourself :S

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Ubuntu Multimedia :: Music From Rhythmbox Not Playing On IPod Touch

Oct 2, 2010

I recently found that I can sync my music to my iPod without iTunes/Windows. I tried using Rhythmbox and it seemed to work. That was, until I tried playing the album I added. It just skips through the album.

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Ubuntu Multimedia :: Rhythmbox And Banshee Both Crash Immediately After Playing Song / Fix It?

Jan 20, 2011

Both Banshee and Rhythmbox crash, leaving a segmentation fault in the terminal, after playing a song for less than a second. I do manage to get some sound before they crash. This problem seems to have begun only a couple of days ago after doing an update. Unfortunately I was playing playing around with moving my music collection to an NFS share around the same time as the update so I can't be sure which action it was that broke music playback.

Because both Banshee and Rhythymbox are affected and showing identical behaviour I think the problem is gstreamer. Reinstalling everything I could find in synaptic related to gstreamer had no effect.

Some general information:
- My music collection is in FLAC but other formats seem to cause the same behaviour.
- Music from an NFS share or my external USB drive causes the same behaviour
- VLC plays music from my NFS share without any problems
- Removing ubuntu-one (as suggested in some posts) did not help
- I'm using Ubuntu Desktop 10.10 x86

I've had no luck searching the interwebs for help thus far. Does anyone have any ideas?

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Oct 16, 2010

When I sync my iPod touch 2G on 4.1 (same issue on 4.0), when I try to play the music on my iPod, it will just skip the song/not play it. I didn't have this issue on Ubuntu 10.04.

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Feb 23, 2010

I just spend 4 hours trying to watch some .mov files from my hard disk ( Quicktime videos).

I installed about 8 players. VLC plays the sound only, the others give more or less the following error: AN ERROR OCCURED. Internal GStreamer error: negotiation problem. Please file a bug at [url]

Installed all medibuntu. Installed quicktime player with wine but this only messes up my screen. I'm using Karmic 9.10.

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Ubuntu :: Rhythmbox Keeps Playing Songs With No Sound?

May 7, 2010

For some reason, Rhythmbox will show itself playing a song (the notification in the top right corner) but I hear no sound. I can go to the application itself and see the play slider moving. I can't pause it or anything. if it's a bug in Rhythmbox itself. If I browse to the directory, and right click > Open with Rhythmbox, it works perfectly (although I still can't pause it)

Also, if I jump to another song, and then play the song it was playing silently, it works. Not sure why it does this.

I doubt it's the files themselves because I've been downloading all my songs from one site, and never had an issue in iTunes on a windows PC. It only does this to about 3 songs out of 164. It used to do this to only 2, but now it's doing it to 3 since the past few days when adding more songs.

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Nov 11, 2010

I want to install a plugin on my laptop that will allow me to play Mp3 CD's. How can I do this?

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Ubuntu :: 9.10 - Rhythmbox Stops Playing - Track Progress Speeds Up

Feb 27, 2010

I just installed Ubuntu 9.10 yesterday. When I opened rhythmbox music player, I dragged over some mp3 files to play. It asked me if I wanted to install mp3 support. Naturally I selected yes, as I have several times before. Everything appeared to install correctly and music started playing. The first track finished fine. The second track made it roughly 20 seconds and then the sound stopped. I switched back to the desktop that rhythmbox was on (I had been browsing firefox on the other desktop) and noticed that the progress bar for the song was moving very fast and would continue doing so on every song. The progress bar would cycle through the length of a 3:40 song in about 6-8 seconds. But there was no sound.

I should also note that the reason I used rhythmbox (RB) was because I tried to install Amarok 2.2, which did install, but I couldn't get the program to work when I opened it. So I decided to settle for rhythmbox. So the first time I encountered this error on RB was the first time I used the program, and the first time I used RB was after I had installed Amarok 2.2 and couldn't get it to work. Idk if this is relevant or not, but I figured I would include it anyway.

Anyway, I have tried a number of potential solutions:

1) Changing the hardware profile for my multimedia.
2) Making sure my bios is set up properly. I have a soundcard, so I disabled onboard audio.
3) I thought maybe Pulseaudio was the problem, but didn't try to resolve it because this thread from he Ubuntu forums appears to be outdated for Karmic Koala, so I didn't take my chances using it.
4) Uninstalling Amarok, however, I couldn't locate all the dependencies to uninstall them
5) Installing "libxine1-ffmpeg" manually since another forum on ubuntuforums had recommended that. However the deb-installer failed with this output

Error: Dependency is not satisfiable: libavcodec1d (>= 0.cvs20070307)

6) Booting to the LiveCD for Kubuntu (Kx) 8.04-2, Kubuntu 9.10, and Ubuntu (Ux) 9.10. I went through the process of opening RB, loading music, installing mp3 support. For Kx 8.04-2, I got an error telling me I needed to install "libxine1-ffmpeg" manually, which I did via deb-installer. Everything worked great. For Kx 9.10 and Ux 9.10, I got the already mentioned error about the unsatisfiable dependency. So I could go back to Kx 8.04-02 (which many of my friends here at LFO know this has been my favorite distro+version for almost two years now). However, I can't be stuck with it just because of some minor issues.

I should also note that video on firefox (e.g.; ......com) is very slow and usually greys out firefox until it stops working. Yes, I have installed flash player and jre 6.0 via synaptec. :D So this is apparently an overall multimedia problem, which doesn't surprise me because it seems that both Ubuntu AND Kubuntu have been having more multimedia problems since fall of 2009 (at least based on what I have gathered from forums while searching out my current problem). Whether that is related to the 9.10 releases and later, or not, I don't know.

Another option I have is to try Mint, which I have had very good experiences with in the past. But I don't want to leave the *buntu family as I am very partial to it and really enjoy the time-saving convenience of the deb-installer.

Other info:


ATI Radeon 4670, 2 GB RAM Crucial Balistix, 80 GB hardrive, 3.2 Quadcore, SIIG DP Soundwave 4 Channel PCI soundcard

Screenshots of Hardware Profile:

dmesg output:

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Dec 23, 2010

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Jan 31, 2011

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Oct 18, 2010

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Sep 8, 2010

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Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on
/dev/sda3 103G 26G 73G 26% /
none 2.0G 288K 2.0G 1% /dev
none 2.0G 1.1M 2.0G 1% /dev/shm
none 2.0G 232K 2.0G 1% /var/run


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Mar 25, 2010

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I saw that i can make use of hdparm call for getting some of the attributes.

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May 9, 2010

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Jun 28, 2010

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I tried playing a DVD several times and each time, after opening in Movie Player on Ubuntu 9.10, it froze up, I forced quit and then I noticed a huge reduction in free disk space on my root (/) directory. Has this happened to anyone else?I figure I Movie Player probably saved some temp files somewhere on hard disk and wasn't able to clean them up since I had to force quit. Any thoughts about how to clean this up and take back that previously free space?

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This doesn't happen with totem (the default media player).

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Oct 7, 2010

I installed Ubuntu on a Toshiba Satellite about a month ago. It worked for about three hours. I installed Wine, and it still worked but the display would sometimes go black for a few seconds. Later that day I rebooted and that was it, no more Ubuntu. It goes through all of the process of booting but then the screen just goes black before I even get to the purple Ubuntu screen. I'm running this on a drive in an enclosure so I simply plugged the drive into another machine ( actually two other machines ), and it works perfectly. I have an old Vista drive that I put in the Toshiba and that works just fine, so it's not a pure hardware issue. Just to be sure I wiped the Ubuntu drive and re-installed, this time without installing wine. No Toshiba love. Just the black screen. I even made a flash drive with the loader and iso from the Ubuntu site. Same deal. It starts to boot from the flash and then just goes black where you would normally expect the purple Ubuntu screen. This thing is driving me nuts and I am at a point where I really need this machine working and will be faced with simply wiping the Ubuntu drive and installing Windows.

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Aug 5, 2010

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what I have, is a VT1708 VIA, Onboard sound card.I followed one of the guides in the forum, to see if all is installed and seems to work... and it is. it seems all fine. Even more, I installed the ALSA mixer, and when I enable the mic from there, it works.But, when I open the sound prefferences, the sound card appears in Hardware and Input, when I open it, but some seconds after, it dissapears. Still working from the ALSA thou.... In conclusion, I can not use skype or similar. and the sound dissapears from the system, even if I can use it form the ALSA mixer.... I can't change the other computers to linux unless I prove to the people here that everything is working 100%.... and belive me... today skype phone is a must... in the bussiness.

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May 26, 2010

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Oct 24, 2010

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Dec 29, 2010

This is what I do:

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*when i try lsusb it shows an apple inc. device
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I made another user, and tried connecting it and it was completely normal, it wouldn't dismount.It's like I had something not configured right or something, because one week ago it was working right

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