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Playing Quake3 in Linux with Skype or Teamspeak

I wanted to play a game of Quake3 against someone, and have Skype or Teamspeak open at the same time, for obvious reasons. Somehow, it reported the sound device being in use: “device or resource busy”. This doesn’t make any sense, because my card can do hardware mixing, and also because all other games work fine with Skype or Teamspeak active.

I don’t know exactly what’s going on, but this is how it can be fixed:

# echo "quake3.x86 0 0 direct" > /proc/asound/card0/pcm0p/oss
# echo "quake3.x86 0 0 disable" > /proc/asound/card0/pcm0c/oss
# echo "quake3-smp.x86 0 0 direct" > /proc/asound/card0/pcm0p/oss

Happy fragging 🙂


  1. Rowan Rodrik

    Who won?

  2. halfgaar

    First game in the afternoon, he did, significantly, with 25-16 or something. Later in the evening, in my favorite map, Q3DM17, I won, with 25-0 :). And even later, in a close-quaters map, which is his strong point, he won, 25-24. Hunting for that last kill was quite intense, for both of us…

  3. Rowan Rodrik

    Who was “he”?

  4. halfgaar

    “He” goes by the nick Teslareaper. I met him at last years Blender conference.

  5. Rowan Rodrik

    Cool. 🙂 Can you show me some of his Blender stuff?

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