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So a couple of days ago, I had my laptop hooked up to my tv via HDMI. I used pavucontrol to disable sound on my laptop and play it through the tv. I changed it back when I was done. Can't remember if I used it right away. Last night I tried to use it and it didn't work. I opened pavucontrol again and switched to the configuration tab where there had previously been a drop down menu allowing me to choose what device to output my sound through. Now there's nothing. It says no card available for configuration. When I open asoundconf-gtk it only has "PCH" and selecting that does nothing either.

Here is my output of pulseaudio -d

And using the guide on the Ubuntu Wiki Pulse Audio page, I made a log

I've tried deleting the pulse folder from my home directory and restarting the server. After searching on Google, I found similar problems required me to edit /etc/pulse/client.conf and make sure autospawn is set to yes and everything is commented out with a semicolon, which it is. Tried using qasmixer to make sure sound isn't disabled. Nothing works. . I've tried posting on the site and got no help there so I'm trying here because I dont want to reboot into Win7 to stream videos or listen to my mp3s.

Since I don't have reputation for more links, I'll post in the comments for my client and daemon conf files.

Running Lubuntu 12.10 with kernel 3.5.0-24-generic. I hope this is enough info.

Edit: July 29th/13: I decided to create a new user account and everything shows up as normal in pavucontrol. I am able to see the sound card and adjust settings although I didn't actually test the sound. So this appears to be a user configuration error (although if I run gksudo pavucontrol, I still cant access the sound card). I've deleted ~/.pulse as well as the pulse in ~/.config. Still nothing. Not sure what else to delete.

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Here is the client.conf Here is the daemon.conf – Rob Fitz Apr 4 '13 at 13:15
And here is pulse syslog I assume it can't find the files because I deleted the pulse folder from /tmp? – Rob Fitz Apr 4 '13 at 13:20

I've finally solved it. I deleted any asoundconf files from my home directory after testing the new user theory. Then I just killed and restarted pulseaudio and everything came back!

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Just to add to this answer, my solution (Yes, I had this problem on Ubuntu 15.04) was to delete ~/.config/pulse (actually I renamed it, just in case) and then start pulseaudio again using pulseaudio -D. – Nahuel Oct 16 '15 at 14:43

Try to uninstall pulseaudio with sudo apt-get purge pulseaudio and then reinstalling it again.

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That was my last idea. I was just hoping there would be something else. I did that and restarted pulseaudio but it didn't work. The only other idea I have is to just reboot. – Rob Fitz Apr 4 '13 at 15:11
Try changing the /etc/pulse/client.conf to: default-sink = alsa_output.pci-0000_00_1b.0.analog-stereo – SJG Apr 4 '13 at 17:50
No luck there either :( – Rob Fitz Apr 5 '13 at 12:17
Any other ideas? – Rob Fitz Apr 14 '13 at 16:34

Well, this worked for me and it is really easy :

  1. Open PulseAudio Volume Control (open a terminal and type pavucontrol). Install it if you don't have it.
  2. When you open it, go to "Configuration" : For one of the "built in audios" one has HDMI (unplugged) in front of "Profile". Choose "Off" for that profile.
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