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When I set the audio output module to Pulseaudio, Audio memory, or Open Sound System, the sound works sometimes, but usually is very staticy.

If I switch to Alsa, the sound works fine, but if I pause the video, when I unpause it, there is no sound. I have to quit VLC and open it back up.

Any ideas how I could fix one of the other audio modules? My google search seems to suggest this is a bug with older VLC versions. I have VLC 2.0.3 (the packaged version that comes with this Ubuntu version).

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I've had the problem in 12.04. I now have 12.10 and vlc 2.0.4 and it seems even worse. Installing phonon-backend-vlc only shorten the static noise to 10 seconds at the start of play. So it was only partially useful.

I then went into Tools > Preferences > Audio and set Output module: to ALSA audio output. I remember reading about this solution before, but it does not always work. It seems to work now with phonon-backend-vlc installed. I closed VLC, opened VLC again, and played a video file. The static is completely gone.

Good luck. I have no idea why this works. You can always set it back to Output Module: Default if it does not work.

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Follow the link below: install phonon-backend-vlc (works in ubuntu 12.04 x86)


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Whilst this may theoretically answer the question, it would be preferable to include the essential parts of the answer here, and provide the link for reference. – Mark Paskal Oct 23 '12 at 10:15
This did not fix the problem for me :( – mhost Oct 31 '12 at 4:50

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