Bug#542116: closed by maximilian attems ( Bug#542116: linux-image-2.6.30-1-amd64: media players sometimes fail to open audio device)
Sorry, forgot about this one.
I am using oss4 ever since because with certain mixer settings I can
avoid noise coming through some unused input which was not possible
with alsa last time I tried.
I doubt this 'device busy' issue is specific to my system so I wonder
how other people avoid it.
Making a note to look into this when I feel bored.
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