Ask Ubuntu is a question and answer site for Ubuntu users and developers. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

my Thinkpad X230 is sitting on a Lenovo docking station (Minidock Plus) and I have a USB audio interface (NI Komplete Audio 6) connected to the dock. It works fine when I boot the computer while it is sitting on the docking station.

If I dock the Thinkpad (while running or while suspended) Ubuntu 12.10 does not re-connect the USB audio interface. Instead it continues to play back audio via the internal sound hardware. The Komplete Audio 6 is shown in the sound settings but choosing it changes nothing (the sound is still being played back via the internal hardware).

I have to re-boot on the dock to get the USB audio running again.

Any ideas for correcting this behavior?

Cheers, Thomas

share|improve this question
Run pactl list sinks | grep Name -- is the USB device listed? If so, telling Pulseaudio to use it again should suffice. In any case, try restarting Pulseaudio (instead of rebooting), i.e. service pulseaudio restart. (I remember a time where my DAC would be found when trying to use MPD, but playing a Youtube video kickstarted it. Weird, I know, but maybe worth a try.) – Raphael May 17 '13 at 10:00
Thanks and apologies for the delay in reply. While your suggestions are better than a reboot, I'd really prefer Pulseaudio to re-check automatically after each docking procedure. – loopt Aug 7 '13 at 13:20
You can probably hook a script rebooting PulseAudio (or resetting to the correct sink via pactl) to the ACPI event(s) which are fired on (un)docking. There are examples for such script hooks on the web (specifically for docking with ThinkPad, that is). – Raphael Aug 7 '13 at 17:24
That said, I have observed the same behaviour. It is also solved by disabling the internal sound device in the "Sound" configuration thingy. – Raphael Aug 7 '13 at 17:24

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.