Spark Sounds in Kubuntu 8.04 "Hardy"

I am using Kubuntu 8.04, and cannot get my Spark to make sounds while in KDE. While in gnome (ALSA, Pulseaudio and ESD), everything makes sounds and I can hear Spark just fine.

Under KDE (ALSA, artsd), I can hear other noises and music just fine, but Spark is oddly silent.

Has anyone else had this problem, or is there a way to ‘wrap’ the sound output so that arts can play it?

I have tried aoss and the pulse alsa wrapper.

Thank you in advance for any response.


Well, I feel more than a little silly. I figure it out as soon as I post here.

I had arts running in the background, but the only thing using it was the system notifications for KDE.

To correct, I:

  1. Opened up the control center

  2. Went to the ‘Notifications’ option and clicked the ‘Player Settings’ button in the bottom right.

  3. I set it to use an external player (in my case /usr/bin/mplayer).

  4. Apply->OK, then checked that my sound system was set to ALSA (it was).

  5. Lastly, I killed artsd and presto! sounds from Spark worked properly!

Hope this helps someone else!