Take the 2-minute tour ×
Ask Ubuntu is a question and answer site for Ubuntu users and developers. It's 100% free, no registration required.

My system crashes regularly due to probably the alsa driver. The system suddenly becomes unusable slow, although the music keeps playing. I tried to submit it to the ALSA team, but I can't get in their bug submitting system ... This is on a HP 8530w with a Intel 82801I (ICH9 Family) HD Audio

        Feb 18 21:54:11 laptop pulseaudio[1980]: [alsa-sink] alsa-util.c: snd_pcm_avail() returned a value that is exceptionally large: 404124 bytes (2290 ms).
Feb 18 21:54:11 laptop pulseaudio[1980]: [alsa-sink] alsa-util.c: Most likely this is a bug in the ALSA driver 'snd_hda_intel'. Please report this issue to the ALSA developers.
Feb 18 21:54:11 laptop pulseaudio[1980]: [alsa-sink] alsa-util.c: snd_pcm_dump():
Feb 18 21:54:11 laptop pulseaudio[1980]: [alsa-sink] alsa-util.c: Hardware PCM card 0 'HDA Intel' device 0 subdevice 0
Feb 18 21:54:11 laptop pulseaudio[1980]: [alsa-sink] alsa-util.c: Its setup is:
Feb 18 21:54:11 laptop pulseaudio[1980]: [alsa-sink] alsa-util.c:   stream       : PLAYBACK
Feb 18 21:54:11 laptop pulseaudio[1980]: [alsa-sink] alsa-util.c:   access       : MMAP_INTERLEAVED
Feb 18 21:54:11 laptop pulseaudio[1980]: [alsa-sink] alsa-util.c:   format       : S16_LE
Feb 18 21:54:11 laptop pulseaudio[1980]: [alsa-sink] alsa-util.c:   subformat    : STD
Feb 18 21:54:11 laptop pulseaudio[1980]: [alsa-sink] alsa-util.c:   channels     : 2
Feb 18 21:54:11 laptop pulseaudio[1980]: [alsa-sink] alsa-util.c:   rate         : 44100
Feb 18 21:54:11 laptop pulseaudio[1980]: [alsa-sink] alsa-util.c:   exact rate   : 44100 (44100/1)
Feb 18 21:54:11 laptop pulseaudio[1980]: [alsa-sink] alsa-util.c:   msbits       : 16
Feb 18 21:54:11 laptop pulseaudio[1980]: [alsa-sink] alsa-util.c:   buffer_size  : 16384
Feb 18 21:54:11 laptop pulseaudio[1980]: [alsa-sink] alsa-util.c:   period_size  : 8192
Feb 18 21:54:11 laptop pulseaudio[1980]: [alsa-sink] alsa-util.c:   period_time  : 185759
Feb 18 21:54:11 laptop pulseaudio[1980]: [alsa-sink] alsa-util.c:   tstamp_mode  : ENABLE
Feb 18 21:54:11 laptop pulseaudio[1980]: [alsa-sink] alsa-util.c:   period_step  : 1
Feb 18 21:54:11 laptop pulseaudio[1980]: [alsa-sink] alsa-util.c:   avail_min    : 13034
Feb 18 21:54:11 laptop pulseaudio[1980]: [alsa-sink] alsa-util.c:   period_event : 0
Feb 18 21:54:11 laptop pulseaudio[1980]: [alsa-sink] alsa-util.c:   start_threshold  : -1
Feb 18 21:54:11 laptop pulseaudio[1980]: [alsa-sink] alsa-util.c:   stop_threshold   : 1073741824
Feb 18 21:54:11 laptop pulseaudio[1980]: [alsa-sink] alsa-util.c:   silence_threshold: 0
Feb 18 21:54:11 laptop pulseaudio[1980]: [alsa-sink] alsa-util.c:   silence_size : 0
Feb 18 21:54:11 laptop pulseaudio[1980]: [alsa-sink] alsa-util.c:   boundary     : 1073741824
Feb 18 21:54:11 laptop pulseaudio[1980]: [alsa-sink] alsa-util.c:   appl_ptr     : 113727673
Feb 18 21:54:11 laptop pulseaudio[1980]: [alsa-sink] alsa-util.c:   hw_ptr       : 113812320
share|improve this question
    
It might help to have a screenshot of alsamixer. –  Seth Feb 19 '13 at 0:06

1 Answer 1

This is a guess based on this post

in terminal, run:

gksudo gedit /etc/pulse/client.conf

change line nr. 27

from

;autospawn = yes

to

;autospawn = no

save, close, see if it helps

if not, revert the client.conf file to its original state and report back

share|improve this answer

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.