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Re:Playing music and a tailpiece



Kalyan,

just a couple of tips.

firstly, rebooting should always be the absolutely last resort. A reboot is
like using a bazooka to hunt rabbits. 

Second, when you use C-e ; you are put into a special mplayer interactive
buffer, wehre you can do things like change volume, skip forward, skip
back, speedup, slow down, load another media resource and many other
things. Perhaps, the most important character for you is q. This will quit
the mode and stop mplayer. 

I do find there is a lot of spoken text initially - diagnostic output from
mplayer. I suspect I can stop this by passing a 'quiet switch to mplayer,
but I've not bothered to look into it. To be honest, I use emms rather than
the emacspeak media stuff. This is for no other reason than I started using
emms first and because I prefer to try an use other packages to do things
like this rather than putting absolutely everything into emacspeak - thats
just a personal preference. It also means that on occasion, when emacspeak
is causing me problems, I can switch to something else, like
speech-dispatcher with minimal loss of functionality. 

The noise you are hearing when you first start playing a bit of media is
possibly the result of interaction between emacspeak speech, the media
content and how your ALSA soundcard is configured. I still find the ALSA
stuff less than intuitive - only a few weeks ago, I figured out the reason
my multi-channel soundcard wasn't working correctly was because  only the
last of the three channels it provided actually supported multiple sound
sources - once I configured my .asoundrc file to use the 3rd channel rather
than the first, everything has worked fine.

Finally, I wonder why you are running X if your totally blind? In such a
situation, you really using resources for no gain. performance would
probably improve if you aren't running an X server. Try playing around in
the console and if yo find it works well, consider not running X (there are
several ways of doing this - probably the easiest is booting into a non-X
runlevel. Not sure which runlevel that would be with fedora these days. 

Oh, and I also think Raman has done a lot of work on the media stuff since
version 25. An upgrade may improve things for you. 

Tim
Kalyan Mukherjea writes:
 > 
 > I had sent the following in response to the discussion between Steve
 > and Raman
 > as a "Reply to all"  from a VM buffer containing Raman's letter. It
 > bounced back from Raman's ISP saying that my letter was spam! This is
 > just to notify Raman since I could not go to the recommended site to
 > correct their impression about my letter.
 > 
 > My original letter follows
 > and the bounceing message after my letter and a row of *'s.
 > 
 > Hi List,
 > T. V. Raman writes:
 >  
 >  > I suggest you investigate things before assuming things. C-e; on
 >  > a dired-line  plays the file under point.
 > 
 > I have never been able to use the `C-e ;' or `C-e :' keychords
 > successfully!
 > I have realplay  and mplayer installed. But doing either of these
 > keychords does not have the desired effect. 
 > 
 > I play mp3 files by opening a terminal (M-x term) 
 > cd-ing to the directory where I keep my music files (~/music/)
 > then typing mplayer foo.mp3
 > then C-e d q and then press RET.
 > 
 > The mp3 files play and all the key commands of mplayer can be used.
 > 
 > If I do not do `C-e d q' before pressing RET  there  is a lot of
 > gurgling noises for a few seconds and then silence. The `term' buffer
 > is filled with mplayer announcements about how it was compiled etc.
 > 
 > I tried `C-e ;' on a dired buffer showing the mp3 files in ~/music/
 > and as soon as I typed the keychord `C-e ;' there was a very loud
 > rangling (cross between  rattling and ringing) noise and then the
 > music started playing. The quality is much better than on the terminal
 > but the rangling does not stop. Emacspeak stops responding and if I
 > quit X using Alt+Ctrl+Backspace thenthe music stops and I can hear the
 > mplayer announcements going on. Rebooting is the only way to stop
 > this.
 > 
 > What is going on?
 > 
 > My system is running FC 3 with Emacs -21 and  Emacspeak-25.0 revision
 > 4289 4293.
 > 
 > Any help will be appreciated.
 > 
 > Cheers. 
 > Kalyan 
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 > Date: Sun, 26 Aug 2007 11:33:25 +0530
 > To: raman@users.sf.net
 > Cc: steve@holmesgrown.com,
 >     emacspeak@cs.vassar.edu
 > Subject: Re: Playing Music from Dired
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 > 
 > Hi List,
 > T. V. Raman writes:
 >  
 >  > I suggest you investigate things before assuming things. C-e; on
 >  > a dired-line  plays the file under point.
 > 
 > I have never been able to use the `C-e ;' or `C-e :' keychords
 > successfully!
 > I have realplay  and mplayer installed. But doing either of these
 > keychords does not have the desired effect. 
 > 
 >    ----- Message truncated -----
 > 
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