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Hello i just installed ubuntu 12.10 and made a new root account the problem is that in the normal user the audio works fine but when i log in as root the audio doesn't work ( muted and i can't change it ). can anyone help me?

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amm? what do you mean by root account? You can not login to root accounts in linux by GUI way? What audio does not work? The audio of song or system sound? – Abhijit Navale Dec 25 '12 at 16:51
i created a root account and logged out then clicked log in then typed the username root and the password that i made, the icon that is in the top right, when i click it i can't change change the volume. – Abood Dec 25 '12 at 16:55
I hope you know that gui login as root is not recommeneded. I hope you know what risk you are taking. This is serious security risk and highly discouraged. – Abhijit Navale Dec 25 '12 at 17:03
Could you tell me what is the risk please? – Abood Dec 25 '12 at 17:04
Risk? Every single thing on your system. – nickanor Dec 25 '12 at 17:10

Click on "Dash Home" in the top left corner of the screen. Type in "Startup Applications" in the search bar.

When it shows up open it. Click on "Add" and put in /usr/bin/pulseaudio in the command section. You can put in "Pulsaudio" or whatever you want for the name and click on "Save". Log out and back in and the sound will work.

Everyone knows logging in as root is not recommended, but that's not a reason for not answering the question.

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+1 for "Everyone knows logging in as root is not recommended, but that's not a reason for not answering the question." – notbad.jpeg Jul 1 '13 at 13:52

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