Questions related to PulseAudio, the default sound server in Ubuntu, which manages all audio devices like internal and external sound cards (and therefore all speakers, microphones, headsets, etc.) through its ALSA backend.

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Digital Surround (HDMI) Output

I recently built a HTPC and installed Ubuntu 12.10 on it. It's a Shuttle XH61V with an onboard HDMI connection that I'm using to connect to the TV, which in turn connects to the speaker system (5.1). ...
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Lubuntu no sound at all; no mute, alsa, pulse

Apologies if this question has been answered already but I've scoured these forums and I haven't found anything that works. I recently put together a low spec machine with plans on running Lubuntu ...
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Sound Menu gone missing after PulseAudio 3.0 install

Yesterday i was trying to minimize the lag when streaming music from my Ubuntu 12.10 laptop to my pulseaudio server on my raspberry pi, by installing pulseaudio 3.0 on the raspberry pi and then again ...
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No sound output (MSI K8N NEO4/CK804 AC'97)

I have a K8N NEO4 motherboard with a built in AC'97 sound card. It has a digital spdif output I wish to utilize. My reciever is a Denon AVR 1709 which supports afaik DTS/AC3 in 44100 & 48000 hz. ...
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Phonon Test of speakers “Front Left” , “Front Right” is not working

I am using KDE 4.10, Kubuntu 13.04. My audio is working great. But when I configure Phonon and try to test the speakers, I don't get any sound. When I start the configuration tool with: kcmshell4 ...
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Headset not muting speakers [duplicate]

Plugging in the headphones does not mute the laptops speakers, music does play out of the headphones but also continues to play out of the speakers as well. alsamixer's 'auto-mute mode' is already ...
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Is there a fancy vertical notification OSD that works for both ALSA and pulseaudio?

Is there a fancy way to get the volume notification OSD to work with both pulseaudio and ALSA? Right now the standard desktop ones only work with pulseaudio for me. How about a vertical OSD that I can ...
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Activating USB audio with /etc/pm/sleep.d script that runs pacmd commands

Ubuntu annoyingly switches the device for audio input and output from my USB headset to the built-in sound card every time I log out, hibernate, or shut down my computer. This takes place even though ...
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Sound Menu options are disabled

Accidentally I have removed the pulse audio from my Ubuntu 12.04. But after that I am unable to use the sound applet options of changing output, input volumes and unable to test the output speakers. ...
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Can't unmute with alsamixer

I am using Ubuntu 12.04 in combination with Awesome window manager. Most of the stuff ubuntu provides I don't use. I adjust my audio volume through scripts with amixer or manually with alsamixer. ...
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How to upgrade pulseaudio

I got some issues with sound, sometimes it freezes and get out of sync with picture. VLC is giving me error, and there is said that I should update to pulseaudio 3.0. I'm running Ubuntu 12.10 and ...
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No analog audio output, only digital output available

I just installed Ubuntu 12.10 on a new Intense PC, which uses a single 3.5mm audio jack for both digital (S/PDIF) and analog output. I'm trying to get the analog output working, but in the Ubuntu ...
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Set audio output device per application

Is it possible to configure PulseAudio, so that some applications route audio through the headphones, other applications go to the main speakers, and some applications go to both (as it does now)?
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What is the proper way to configure my sound? [12.10]

So I am using the Logitech G35 headset and it is USB. My sounds are much tinnier and just off compared to when I am on Windows. On Windows I do have access to the Logitech Gaming Software which allows ...
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How can I use PulseAudio virtual audio streams to play music over Skype?

I'm trying to listen to the audio output of a specific process (A) and another process (B) while redirecting A's audio output to B's audio input. This would be the equivalent of playing music into ...
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12.10: a setting good for both stereo upmix to Surround *and* 5.1 (hdmi)

primarly asking for directions here, since I seem to be able to find either outdated howtos, solutions that send stereo audio to more channels (and that's not "upmix to surround"), or plain 5.1 ...
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Pipe a single application's sound to another machine via pulseaudio

Is there any way to output a single (or multiple, but only select) application sound to another machine using the pulseaudio multicasting (or something similar)? My exact setup is the following: ...
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Playing a MIDI keyboard without JACK / how to use JACK and PulseAudio/ALSA

So, I havea MIDI keyboard but I'm not really motivated to play when I have to set up JACK and everything else just to get one sound out of it. The problem is that whenever I start JACK I can't play ...
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Why do system sounds only play in mono?

I've attached a screenshot of pavucontrol. Is there a way to have the system sounds play in stereo and not mono? It seems when it's set to mono, it only plays the sound out of my left speaker. Music ...
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Pulse Audio Bluetooth card profile not displaying on Ubuntu 12.10

I am running Ubuntu 12.10 and don't see a bluez_card profile on my system: $ pactl list cards short 0 alsa_card.pci-0000_00_1b.0 module-alsa-card.c I tried to load the module as suggested ...
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How to create/simulate two audio lines/devices?

I have searched around the internet for answers; however, I was not successful in locating an answer. What is the best method of simulating two audio devices using Pulse Audio/ALSA/something else? ...
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How to make terminal bell play an alert sound without PC speaker?

How can I get the terminal bell to play an alert sound out of the regular speakers (not the PC speaker)? I have irssi set up to beep for various IRC events, but nothing happens because the beep uses ...
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sound levels in alsamixer versus sound levels in the 'sound settings' menu

the maximum volume alsamixer allows me to reach is 100% the 'sound settings' menu (on the upper right corner) allows levels beyond 100% Why are these levels not reachable via alsamixer ? Is this ...
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No Sound through Headphones after recent PulseAudio Updates in Ubuntu 12.04LTS

I just recently ran updates on my Ubuntu 12.04LTS and noticed that there were updates to PulseAudio. Just my luck and I have discovered an issue with no sound via only headphones. I have verified ...
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How to achieve Echo Cancellation with Pulse Audio?

I want to use Echo cancellation for my Skype calls and Empathy on Ubuntu 12.10 (pulseaudio 2.1). Anyone knows how to do that?
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pulseaudio no sound card mplayer ok

I'm running version 12.10. My PC has an built-in sound card and 3 usb sound cards of the same type. mplayer works ok for all of them using the argument -ao alsa:device=hw=2.0 for instance. vlc ...
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Glitching and delayed output when recording PulseAudio loopback

I try to make a screencast where I need to record both microphone and pc output sound (and video of course) . I tried to make a loopback in pulseaudio to "merge" them and using this sink with the ...
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Multimedia keys don't actually change volume (even though the OSD shows a change)

In my Xubuntu 12.10 install, using the multimedia keys doesn't actually have any effect. Even though the OSD shows changes in volume, the actual volume doesn't change. The same thing applies to the ...
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Only HDMI Soundcard listed, not onboard (Ideacenter Q180)

My Ubuntu 12.10 system on Lenovo Ideacenter Q180 sees only the HDMI soundcard, but not the onboard one. How can I fix this? lshw output: Audio device /0/100/1c.3/0.1 product: Caicos HDMI Audio ...
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TV Screen disconnect when playing sound over hdmi

I just spent hours to configure the sound to work with HDMI. My last problem is, when I start playing sound the TV screen goes on and off, like when you change the resolution. When I stop playing ...
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Reset all programs to use same audio output

Background: So through some messing around or some sort that I've done with my audio, I've found that some programs are set to use my built-in audio, and others are set to use my sound card. While I ...
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Ubuntu 12.10 Bose Companion 5 not working

I recently installed Ubuntu 12.10,and I can see it in the list of inputs. But when I select it then no sound I have tried restarting pulse audio demon and I have tried purging .pulse and ...
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Wine and system audio mute one another

I'm running into an awkward problem. Here's the thing: If I start up my computer and run a Wine instance (Guild Wars 2, in this case, though it doesn't and shouldn't matter), sound works fine. While ...
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Is there another way to restart the sound system if pulseaudio/ALSA don't work?

I was listening to music, and my sound suddenly went dead in all my applications. I'm using Ubuntu 12.04, which uses pulseaudio, so I tried sudo /etc/init.d/pulseaudio restart, but nothing happened. ...
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How to make pulseaudio work again?

I was having problems with sound (mono only output), so following advice from another askubuntu question I made some edits in /etc/pulse/default.pa After rebooting I had no sound at all. So I deleted ...
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I want to change the pulseaudio config file

I want to change the pulseaudio config file as outlined on this page: http://www.linuxplanet.com/linuxplanet/tutorials/7130/2 But if I try to do it from the command line or from going directly to ...
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How do I change which audio jacks are used for input and output?

I'm using a Realtek HD audio card built-in my motherboard. The Windows driver comes with a control panel that allows me to select which back panel jacks are used for what. So for example I can make ...
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Multiple simultanous streaming with pulseaudio [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to stream music over the network to multiple computers? On a home network with three pcs now powered with Ubuntu 12.04, I would like to send audio from one pc to the ...
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Low volume problems Asus Xonar DX [closed]

I have problems with my sound card, an Asus Xonar DX on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS. To hear something, i need to set Ubuntu's volume at 100% and speakers volume at 75%. At this moment i can barely hear ...
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How well is the thinkpad internal microphone supported?(x230)

Specs say it's an internal digital stereo microphone. Windows does have an option to switch between conference and singleuser mode, like most voice recorders with stereo mics. Is this Option hardware ...
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Overdriven/distorted sounds with Pulseaudio [closed]

I'm experiencing some odd problems in some applications that use pulseaudio, in particular VLC Media Player and Skype. The sounds reproduced by these two application sound overdriven, distorted, as ...
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Fuzzy audio when Skype makes sound

I am having trouble getting my sound to work properly in Skype. Every time Skype makes noise, all of my audio goes crackly, including anything else that's coming from other programs, even when the ...
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Where is /dev/dsp or /dev/audio?

I have to apply sudo chmod a+r /dev/dsp or /dev/audio but in my Ubuntu 12.10 i do not have such. Where is then the PCM sound file for ssh? chmod: cannot access `/dev/dsp': No such file or directory ...
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Constant noise in speakers and headphones

On my laptop, Samsung 300V5A-S19 I have the constant noise from the speakers. If I wear headphones, the sound becomes more pronounced (at half volume it mutes the music). The noise level is ...
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adjust max possible volume in pulseaudio

Somtimes some sound/movie/music on my Ubuntu_12.04 system is at a very low volume by itself. Henceforth I increase the volume of the sound output. I can use the following setting (see screenshot) It ...
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Asus Sonic Master on Asus N53SV

I have read that there's a problem to get the subwoofer working in these laptops. I tried this solution No sound from external subwoofer but I don't how to prove that the subwoofer is properly ...
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Sound is not working correctly on Ubuntu 12.04

I know this is my own fault. But what i did was this first i wrote this command 'sudo apt-get remove pulseaudio' and then i wrote again 'sudo apt-get install pulseaudio' and now the sound doesn't work ...
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Streaming desktop with avconv - severe sound issues

I'm trying to do some live streaming in Ubuntu 12.10, but I'm having some problems with audio. More specifically, the quality is complete garbage and it's at least 10 seconds out of sync with the ...
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Sound output starts delayed

Via SPDIF hearable sound starts late, e. g. in the Test Sound dialog I maximally can hear "Left" when the voice should say "Front Left". When I have pavucontrol open (in the background) whilst ...
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How can I connect my Kubuntu 12.10 to a different pulse audio server?

I have configured my PC as pulseaudio server. Now I want to connect my Laptop (Kubuntu 12.10 quantal) with this pulse server. In earlier versions there was the "padevchooser", which could be used to ...