Update Readme and or Sound System For Linux

Case number:699969-2009296
Opened by:User3.14
Opened on:Monday, March 30, 2020 - 19:52
Last modified:Friday, November 27, 2020 - 02:41

Foldit is using OSS as its sound system. OSS is an older system and isn't often install on modern distros anymore. There is a temporary solution which is to install osspd. osspd simulates OSS and routes it through ALSA/PulseAudio. This
can be added in the readme as something you should install. A more permanent and a better solution would be to switch out the sound system to use something like PulseAudio.

(here's what the error messages look like when you don't have OSS installed)
AL lib: (EE) ALCplaybackOSS_open: Could not open /dev/dsp: No such file or directory
AL lib: (WW) alcSetError: Error generated on device (nil), code 0xa004
AL lib: (WW) ALCplaybackOSS_open: Could not find "Generic Software" in device list
AL lib: (WW) alcSetError: Error generated on device (nil), code 0xa004`

(Mon, 03/30/2020 - 19:52  |  9 comments)

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Thanks for explaining that error message and what it is about! I agree that it would be nice to have support for ALSA or PulseAudio.

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This doesn't seem to help me, even after restarting the PC. Ubuntu 20.04.1.

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Please if you could help me run it. I want to join COVID fight.

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I play Foldit on Windows machines, but
many players play it on Linux machines.

All I can suggest is to explore the
site more using links like below:


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> Please if you could help me run it

This error should not stop it from running. It just stops the sound from working unless something has changed since I last used it (it's been a bit so its possible). I would check that you aren't seeing other errors that are causing issues

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It says "contacting the server to check updates", then "Updating (game will restart)" and then it closes without launching. All within a 2-3 second timespan.

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I would either open a new thread and ask about it or go somewhere like on the Discord and ask there about it there

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I downloaded it again and now it works. For now.

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Hey Mystiquewolf--glad it's good for now. Please feel free to reach out to myself or folks on discord if you need any additional support.


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