Re: [As-users] Re: Xmms - afterstep problem

Justin Wainwright (
Fri, 04 Aug 2006 10:07:05 -0400

Actually, I've had this problem consistently since I started using 
Afterstep in January '06 (using Debian packages).  I'm fine for roughly 
the first hour using xmms, then when certain files come up on the 
playlist, the CPU utilization problem happens while the file plays- if I 
pause xmms, CPU utilization goes back down.  Do you notice the bitrates 
changing during playback?  The problem files typically are shown having 
a variable bitrate or low bitrates (< 100 kb/s).

It might also be worth mentioning that I'm using an integrated nForce4 
audio chipset (under the intel8x0 driver).  I have a standalone 
soundblaster card that I've been meaning to switch to for testing, but I 
haven't done so yet.

Volker Ossenkopf wrote:
> Hi Justin,
>> Just wanted to add that I've seen this as well, and have seen it with a
>> number of different kernel versions and various forms of ALSA
>> drivers/versions.  I'll also notice the bitrate fluctuating during
>> playback- which suggests more that the audio files are to blame than
>> xmms/afterstep.  While moving through a playlist, I've played some audio
>> files at a steady 320 kbps rate with no problems only to have the next
>> file in the list cause the high CPU utilization- 
> I am pretty sure at least that the problem does not occur with my
> old afterstep-2.00 setup. Most of my audio files are encoded with
> the same routine from CDs, so that it is extremely improbable that
> I just played often "bad" audio files in the last three weeks while
> never having had the problem before when playing (maybe other) audio
> files encoded with the same routine. However, it may well be that
> the problem occurs in my case as well only when xmms switches between
> two audio files in a playlist.
> Best wishes
> 		Volker

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