Praat is not an officially supported application in UberStudent, nor in Ubuntu, but I did spend a few hours investigating this today.
Using the version of Praat in the Ubuntu repository, I cannot get it to play sound in either plain Ubuntu 14.04 or UberStudent 4.1. Whenever I try from either one, I get the same basic error message:
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Then there's the below screenshot I just took from this page
at the Praat website:
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I really don't think this is a Linux issue, as they say. I've never once in over five years of using Linux had troubles getting any
audio program to "just work" in Linux. I'm guessing that getting Praat to work consistently in Linux is just not much of a priority for the Praat developers? It may also be that none of my three soundcards work with Praat, even though all of them are VERY well-supported in the Linux kernel. Given the strong and proven driver support of my sound cards, this would again strongly suggest a Praat and not a Linux problem.
I've tried removing pulseaudio and using plain alsa. No go. The dependencies of the Praat package in Ubuntu actually depend on pulseaudio.
Praat has changed sound backends in Linux in the recent past (some probably outdated hints are here
Literally nothing is different regarding backend sound software between Ubuntu 14.04 and UberStudent 4.x -- I checked package by package by package.
So except to direct you to the Praat developers and to perhaps others who may have gotten sound working with it on an Ubuntu 14.04 or any Ubuntu 14.04-based system to ask advice (do so here
), there isn't much more I can do.
It's very easy to do, so if it exists it still might be worth trying the older PCI sound card from your old computer, but Praat's functioning from earlier times may
have resulted from it using OSS, its former Linux sound backend; or, perhaps, from limited sound card support.
So, I'm officially stumped, and I don't say that very often at all.
If I have some flash of inspiration in the night, I'll come back here and let you know; so, keep tabs.
If you do get this working, please, by all means, come back and share how.