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Are ALSA and Phonon fighting?

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Okay. Now that I'm back in my Linux install [Now with KDE], I'm more and more impressed as time goes on.

One of the things I was having trouble with in gnome with alsa was a USB headset. The KDE sound server picked it right up and I'm now using my headset =]

I still have some speakers wired to the sound card. I have the playback devices set up so that if the USB headset is present, it's the default playback device. When the headset is unplugged, it goes to the speakers instead. The problem is, even with the headset plugged in and set as the preferred device, some sound routes to the headset, while some doesn't.

For instance, system event sounds route to the headset just fine, but flash sound and banshee rout to the speakers by default. Is this an alsa / phonon conflict?
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Banshee uses GStreamer (and I think Adobe Flash Player does as well) so you'll have to change your GStreamer output preferences as well. I'm not exactly sure how you do that while running KDE, though. Maybe you should install PulseAudio.
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Banshee uses GStreamer (and I think Adobe Flash Player does as well) so you'll have to change your GStreamer output preferences as well. I'm not exactly sure how you do that while running KDE, though. Maybe you should install PulseAudio.
Well Phonon is already configured to use Gstreamer as the backend, so IDK =/
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sounds like a lot of work for something that should be plug and play
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sounds like a lot of work for something that should be plug and play
Indeed. That's why I mentioned PulseAudio.

Then again, anybody who chooses to install Arch is intentionally giving up "plug and play" for "a lot of work".
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sounds like a lot of work for something that should be plug and play
Not everything worth having is dropped in your lap.

Besides, I enjoy the tinkering.
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Indeed. That's why I mentioned PulseAudio.

Then again, anybody who chooses to install Arch is intentionally giving up "plug and play" for "a lot of work".
I don't think KDE works well with pulse, and I never could get it to play well with my USB headset anyway.

I only just swapped to KDE, and I'm not giving up yet.
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Can´t you just use xine? The phonon gstreamer backend sucks major balls and should be avoided. Just use the default xine or the vlc backend.
And KDE does work with PA. Just make sure you install the PA volume preferences applet too (kmixer still does not have full PA integration).
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