At about 1 1/2 hour ago I used audioplay to play an snd
(Sun/Next audio) music file I downloaded from the
internet. To be precise the file was an mp3 and I used
madplay to translate it to snd format. For the first half
hour things were going smoothly. Then I noticed that the
system was getting slow. I used top and saw that audioplay
was taking about 80% of processor time and it was increasing.
(By the way the computer is a Sunblade 1500) By the time
I thought I should do something about it it was too late;
the system was almost frozen. The mouse pointer still moves
in a somewhat jerky fashion but clicking on anything doesn't
have any effect. The system froze with a dtterm on the screen
but typing in it doesn't have any effect. The music is still
playing but also in a jerky fashion ie it plays for a fraction
of a second , then stops for a fraction then plays again and
so on. So these are the only 2 things that seem to be working,
the music and the mouse pointer.
The computer is part of a network so I thought I would remotely
login from another computer to the one with the problem and
kill audioplay. Fat chance ; neither ssh nor rlogin prompt me
for a password. Ping seems to be working though.
If I use the Stop+A combination on the frozen computer I do
enter the Forth interpreter but I don't know any useful way
to use it. It's interesting to mention though that sometimes
when I enter it the computer produces a continuous (and annoy-
ing) sound which remains until I exit the interpreter and then
the music starts again. On other occasions , when I enter the
interpreter the computer becomes quiet. I think it depends on
what part of the music was on at the moment I entered the
So this is the problem , do you have any ideas of how to handle
it without rebooting the computer ? I was typing something and
I will lose it if I reboot. I'm using CDE if that's important.