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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Terminal command to set audio volume?

I have an external sound card which mostly works fine, except that when its first plugged in, or when I turn on my laptop, the volume gets set to 100%. That is, the overall system volume, as shown in ...
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Set which pulseaudio sink is affected by volume control buttons

On my previous installation of ubuntu 10.04 it was possible to set a sink in pavucontrol, which is affected by the volume up-/down buttons on my keyboard. Now in Lubuntu 11.10 this does not work ...
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5.1 Surround System Subwoofer not working

My subwo0fer is not working on Ubuntu 11.10. Satellites are all working. It is part of a 5.1 Soundsystem. I've already googled and changed in the /etc/pulse/daemon.conf file these Variables and ...
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pulseaudio: Why is there no sound?

Question: On Ubuntu 11.10, I have no sound volume control as root. I know this from earlier versions, as root you just had to manually start /usr/bin/pulseaudio, and then you got it. This is still ...
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How can I get line-in microphone working with Skype?

I've got a clean Lubuntu 11.10 install. In the days that I've used Microsoft Windows, I've used an external microphone for calling with Skype. The microphone was plug-and-play, and no drivers were ...
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11.10 desktop alerts (volume change and terminal bell) stopped working but all other audio still works

All, My sound works just fine in 11.10 64-bit install on HP dm1-4050 Sandy Bridge notebook (e.g. audio works in Banshee, flash, games, browser, Thunderbird email notification, etc.), but the core ...
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How to unmute a speaker channel?

A few months ago, I needed to mute the left channel, and the easiest way to do it was to use the gnome-volume-control tool. It has stayed muted since. Since then I've upgraded to Ubuntu 11.10, and ...
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Boot problem with Ubuntu 11.10

So, I am an Ubuntu newbie, and I don't know a thing about it. I tried to install restricted extras (am I using it right?) through terminal, but it seems I failed :) maybe because during installation ...
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How do I use the volume indicator without installing Pulseaudio?

I had to remove pulseaudio as I need to use two different audio cards with Skype (a headphone is connected to one of them for use for phone calls while speakers for general usage are connected to the ...
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Volume icon missing after removing (and re-installing) pulseaudio

I reinstalled PulseAdio beacause I my indicator-sound just disappeared, but it didn't help. Strangely, I have installed indicator-sound and still don't have that sound control. Nay, I don't even ...
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How do I turn off audio echo from microphone to local speakers?

From 2 microphone inputs I have only one in use. When I talk into my USB microphone the audio echoes back to my local speakers (my "hello" is getting looped back instantly). How do I turn this off? ...
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How do I set up Pulseaudio to work in Multi-Seat?

How do i set up pulseaudio for a two User Multi-Seat setup on Ubuntu 10.04LTS? I have a HDA Intel device. I was wondering if it were possible to use the separate sound outputs to different seats. I ...
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How do i find exact status of my microphone mute or unmute or the volume level of mic using command line?

This is very odd, i have one default microphone and i have another second microphone. When i use this command it always shows not muted but the microphone volume is 0%. How or what is a way i can find ...
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How do I directing sound to a remote PulseAudio server?

I've configured PulseAudio server on a PC that is connected to stereo system. I've had no problems directing audio from my notebook running Ubuntu 10.10 to it - remote audio device just appeared in ...
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Pulseaudio not using card I want output from

Sound on Ubuntu stopped working (however on Windows 7 it works). I just tried ubuntu-bug audio and gave the following output: You don't seem to have configured PulseAudio to use the card you want ...
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What are the problems between PulseAudio and Wine

I have read several problems for a long time about wine and pulseaudio in Ubuntu but never understood it clearly. What are the problems or seem to be the problems related to wine and the use by ...
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Wine sound problems

Wine 1.3.25 changed the way sound works in Wine. As OMG! Ubuntu! reported: Wine 1.3.25 (...) saw a ‘total rewrite of audio support’ and the removal of several audio drivers. The result is breakage ...
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Controlling multiple audio outputs volume?

I have a little Bluetooth audio receiver, which I use to play music through my stereo. Every time I power it on, all audio automatically switchs to it, but ALSA seems not to "know" it, so volume keys ...
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Does Ubuntu support Bluetooth 3.0?

I am running 11.10 on my Thinkpad E420, and it has integrated Bluetooth 3.0, yet when I use my Plantronics Backbeat 903+ (which uses Bluetooth 2.1) I get terribly inconsistent audio with many complete ...
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JackD mutes PulseAudio

I use rakarrack for guitar effects and I want to listen mp3 playback (Banshee etc.) and midi (Tuxguitar etc.). But when I start rakarack it starts JACK and JACK mutes all other sound sources except ...
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PulseAudio: Can not create sink with specific name anymore

Since having upgraded to Oneiric I can not create a sink in PulseAudio with a specific name. Usually I did it using this command: pactl load-module module-null-sink sink_name=test But now I get a ...
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How to use android 2.1 phone as remote audio receiver?

I have an unused HTC Hero Android phone (running Android OS 2.1), I would like to connect it to audio amplifier and leave it connected for months, so I could use this android phone as remote ...
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How do I fix skype garbling audio both ways in connection with a Windows user? [closed]

Strange phenomena ⋯ I have a friend I connect with and talk to regularly occasionally using video. He runs Windows XP with a Logitech webcam and mike. I run Windows XP with a Logitech webcam and ...
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Running PulseAudio

How can I manage to make PulseAudio run under Ubuntu 11.10? From the Dash I search for PulseAudio, when I find it, I click on the icon and get the following reply: Fatal Error: Unable to connect to ...
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After upgrade my webcam mic records fast, high pitched, and squeaky only in Skype (maybe Sound Recorder problem too)

After an upgrade to 11.10 (kernel: Linux lucid 3.0.0-13-generic #22-Ubuntu) which probably also updated Skype to 2.2.35 (not sure because I never checked the version before) the sound that comes back ...
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espeak returns error on ubuntu server

I want to use espeak on my server, so I can scare my girlfriend from work :) ubuntu 11.04 server. sudo espeak -v en "Hello i am espeak" Error: ALSA lib pcm.c:2212:(snd_pcm_open_noupdate) Unknown ...
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Can a Windows computer access Pulse sound server on an Ubuntu computer?

With help I received in this question, I set up all my Ubuntu computers so that they all access a central computer for sound output, using Pulse Audio Preferences. I have some Windows computers as ...
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Bursts of white noise sound when playing videos

I've recently freshly reinstalled Ubuntu, and Mythbuntu, on all my computers. On one of my computers, Mythbuntu 11.10, when I play a video, when it starts, I get a burst of white noise (static) that ...
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Desktop install with Audigy Soundcard - no sound & errors in syslog

New 11.10 x86 desktop installation My new install is mute, troubleshooting provides no help but several of these messages appear in the syslog: Nov 21 10:10:33 WRKSTAx86 pulseaudio[1840]: ...
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Why is playing music crashing my system? [closed]

Complete n00b here. I'm pretty sure playing music is crashing it (crashing: no response from keyboard/mouse - must cut power to restart) because it does not do it when a music player isn't running. I ...
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How to troubleshoot Bluetooth connection with headset?

How can I troubleshoot or debug my Bluetooth headset connection in 11.10? I am able to successfully create a working connection to my Bluetooth headset. I am able to route the input and output to the ...
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After moving my installation to a new computer, how can I have Ubuntu redetect sound hardware?

I want to move a working install of Ubuntu from one computer to another by taking the hard drive out of the first and putting it into the second. Everything seems to work except that I have no sound ...
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Why the process priority of Pulseaudio is -11?

Why it so low? Sometime when cpu is high load sound through Pulseaudio becomes choppy. I think this happens because process priority of Pulseaudio has so low value. So why it so low by default if it ...
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Traktor Audio 2 DJ soundcard configuration [duplicate]

I have a Traktor Audio 2 DJ USB sound card (the first version of what it's now called simply Traktor Audio 2) The problem in settings it only sees one output, when there should be two (I need that ...
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Dosbox has no sound

I try to run a game under dosbox, but it has no sound, and in the terminal dosbox says: MIXER:Can't open audio: No available audio device , running in nosound mode. ALSA:Can't subscribe to MIDI port ...
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How do I switch audio sources on an HP Pavilion DV7? [closed]

Just switched from 11.04 to 11.10 and suddenly got the problem of audio switching. in previous versions I could've switched from analog output to analog speakers on my HP pavilion dv7-3170el. Now I ...
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Audio volume is maximum but when i play music its not the best maximum level yet compared to Fedora, Windows XP

How can i maximize the volume to highest++? (i have used alsamixer, pavumeter, etc) But none of those yet giving me more volume. So to test it. I removed Ubuntu and installed first Windows XP the ...
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Why can't Skype hear me?

Since I upgraded to Ubuntu 11.10, Skype can't seem to hear me any more. It's not that it transmits poor quality sound, it's just silence. I've tried the echo123 service many times, and there's ...
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Logitech C310 audio problems

I just installed a Logitech C310 webcam, on my onieric system, and I have a problem with it's audio. When recording sound from the webcam's source, the resuult is played very fast, in a very high ...
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How to change sound driver? (pulse -> oss)

I think Ubuntu is set by default to use pulse audio driver. How do I change to OSS? Some softwares that I am using only allow this type of sound driver to use corectly the sound system. Thank you for ...
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How to change the default audio in Wine to Alsa only

I am trying to change the default Audio sound system to ALSA so it fixes some sound issues. How can this be done? Am using 1.3.x branch from PPA which is much better than the 1.1.x and 1.2.x in every ...
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Pulseaudio/flash overloading CPU [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Flash player + YouTube HD = crashing plugin My laptop fan has now been going full throttle for 10 minutes (not unusual) and top shows: PID USER PR NI VIRT ...
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Is there any Sound enhancers/equalizer?

What I am looking for is to have system wide implementation of sound enhancements like bass boosts, echoes, Fidelity, Stereo enhancement and so on. Audio Video players have their own equalizer but ...
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Controlling Phonon via command line?

My onboard audio card has analogue and digital outputs parallel, where I do connect them to my speakers and an amplifier. Now every time I want to switch where the sound goes I have to long way via ...
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How to change pulseaudio sink with “pacmd set-default-sink” during playback?

I need to switch the pulseaudio server of a currently playing audio stream. Pulseaudio server is set up with IP 192.168.1.105 $>cat /etc/pulse/default.pa ... load-module ...
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Static sounds every 20-30 seconds when playing HDMI

When I play a movie on my TV through HDMI, I hear periodic short static sounds. This happens with all players in Ubuntu, so this is not a problem with the player. When I play a movie through HDMI in ...
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Why am I getting this “Connection to PulseAudio failed” error?

I have a computer that runs Mythbuntu 12.04. It has an external USB Kenwood Digital Audio device. When I open up pavucontrol, I get this message: If I do as the message suggests and run ...
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How do I forward sound from one computer to another over the Lan?

I have two computers. Computer A is running Ubuntu 11.10 with Gnome Clasic. Computer B is running Mythbuntu 11.10. Computer B has a sweet digital audio sound system. I want to play music from Banshee ...
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How do I set a pulseaudio card profile persistently across reboots

I'm trying to set up pulseaudio's card profiles, and I've gotten profile switching to work using pactl set-card-profile, but so far when the machine reboots, the audio profile reverts back to the ...
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Mic works in sound recorder but in nothing else

Mic only works in sound recorder and although it works there its just a bunch of static underneath the spoken word, but audible. In skype, cheese, and using "arecord test.wav" at the terminal, it's ...