> I've just downloaded the latest (?) version of Xine from the
> recommended download site cambuca.ldhs.cetuc.puc-rio.br
> It appears to have installed (Mandrake 9.1) and I can play dvds, vcds
> and audio cds but I get a distorted sound. This is not a function of
> the volume control settings and appears to be related to the size of
> the video playback sreen. If I minimise the screen the distorton goes
> away and if I adjust the screen size the distortion varies in
> proportionally. The audio selected appears to be alsa. My sound card
> is part of the motherboard. Has anybody got any suggestions for
> further investigation or a method to overcome the problem?
That sounds like a hardware problem. To be more specific, it sounds like
an interrupt conflict. The more data is transferred to the graphics
chip, the greater the delay in the audio stream.
To confirm this theory, try playing one of the problematic streams
without video. To do that, launch xine from command line like that:
"xine <your file or MRL>#novideo"
If the problem disappears, the above explanation seems correct.
To reduce the problem, try these:
* Make sure you are using the Xv video driver.
* Try different audio drivers.
* Try changing the interrupt assigment of your hardware.
Every program has at least one bug and can be shortened by at least one
instruction -- from which, by induction, one can deduce that every
program can be reduced to one instruction which doesn't work.