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When I first installed Xubuntu, everything was working fine. Then I encountered a problem where it would start up in the command line with no GUI, but I fixed that by typing startx. The problem, though, is that whenever I start it up from the command line, the sound is muted. I am using version 12.04 on a Dell Dimension 3000.

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startx is not the preferred way to start a session in Ubuntu.

Use sudo start lightdm instead and that should start your session the right way (and in doing so, hopefully kick pulseaudio into gear at the same time).

I'm sure there's an xinit way of doing this too, but honestly, just going with the standard lightdm route is probably the sanest.

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