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xvidcap in Fedora 11 (Error accessing sound input from /dev/dsp)

When you need to capture something from your screen, there isĀ  a great program which does the job for you, xvidcap.

However, if you try to launch it in Fedora 11 you notice that no sound is available for the clips you make (whereas all other applications, like skype, work well).

If you launch that from the command line you notice an error message:

[user@localhost ~]$ xvidcap
Error accessing sound input from /dev/dsp
Sound disabled!

I will not waste your time telling infernal stuff about the pulseaudio things, just a command to cure that:

sudo modprobe snd-pcm-oss

Launch xvidcap and notice everything works out now. Please note that you will need that command any time you are going to use xvidcap, it does not have any effect after the reboot, you will have to re-issue this command again.

3 thoughts on “xvidcap in Fedora 11 (Error accessing sound input from /dev/dsp)

  1. De7632

    I have the same problem in Ubuntu 10.04. But there is no option to put:
    sudo modprobe snd-pcm-oss
    only:
    sudo modprobe snd-pcm

    But it doesn’t work.

    Any ideas?

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