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The GUI for configuration shows an absence of any sound devices. Sound works fine for other users.

How do I fix this?

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perhaps you can explain further in your question why you need to use a root GUI login and also need sound. Logging in as a standard user probably will be better from a security point-of-view. –  fossfreedom Jun 7 '12 at 11:31
    
Explain? I understand the risks and I am careful not to lose data or kill a production machine. Pleeeaaase? :D –  aitchnyu Jun 7 '12 at 11:50
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It's a bug -- sorry. –  izx Jun 7 '12 at 12:17
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It's broken on purpose so you don't screw stuff up.

The proper way to do stuff with root is to use sudo and gksu.

Logging in with the root account is a really bad idea, and it's really easy to screw stuff up to the point where you can't fix it. As such, the margin for error is... small at best.

Related: Why is it bad to run as root?

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