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supertuxkart does not start due to pulse audio

February 15th, 2010 by

I tried to start supertuxkart, the marvelous race game, in openSUSE_11.2 (x86_64 if that matters) but it failed with the following error:

$ supertuxkart
Data files will be fetched from: '/usr/share/games/supertuxkart/'
AL lib: pulseaudio.c:382: Context did not get ready: Connection refused

The problem is a configuration setting in /etc/openal/alsoft.conf. Just uncomment the drivers line and remove pulse from the drivers line in that file and supertuxkart starts to work again.

It can be easily tested with the command openal-info. Before the change one get the error message shown above, and after one gets useful information.

I got this problem solved, due to a discussion on the ubuntu forums. Thank you guys.

Hopefully this short note is useful for someone.

Update (16 Feb 2010): just today openal was updated from version 1.10 to 1.11 and with the new version supertuxkart started without problems :)

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2 Responses to “supertuxkart does not start due to pulse audio”

  1. Marcus Meissner

    we will be releasing a pulseaudio update to fix this issue soon (this week).

  2. For reference of the interested reader, this was also reported in the Novell/openSUSE bugzilla at: https://bugzilla.novell.com/show_bug.cgi?id=557537