Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Sound issues - How to make Penny Arcade's On the Rain Slick Precipice of Darkness run with sound on Linux Ubuntu 8.04 Hardy Heron

The Kubuntu 8.04 Hardy Heron is cool, though it introduces Pulse sound system, and Penny Arcade game, "On the Rain Slick - Precipice of Darkness Episode 1" doesn't work well with it. You will not even be able to run it under some circumstances. It will just say "sound driver not found, the game will now exit".
Here's what you should do:
  1. Close _all sound-related programs before running the game. This includes Amarok, Firefox with some Macromedia Flash on the webpages, and run the game
  2. The game should run now, but with garbled and stuttered sound. Install alsa-oss:sudo apt-get install alsa-oss
  3. Launch the game through it: aoss ./RainSlickEp1

This should to the trick. Now you should play your Precipice of Darkness with a perfect sound quality.
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