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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How can I configure my Android tablet to output sound to a remote Pulseaudio instance?

I have a Transformer TF101 tablet with Ubuntu One music on it. The speakers are good enough, but I have an Ubuntu computer hooked up to my nice stereo in my living room. I'd like to be able to just ...
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How do I switch to another audio output sink in XFCE?

From the command line I can easily create another pulseaudio sink and switch to that but I have not found a way how to do this using a GUI from the XFCE desktop. In GNOME I use gnome-volume-control ...
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Recording from Soundcard Ubuntu 11.04

I switched from the gnome panel desktop environment to xfce recently, and I just noticed that I can no longer record sound using the pulseaudio command line. The command I am using is parec -d ...
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Sound not even on playback

Why is the sound volume not consistent. some videos on youtube play loud some too quiet. Same thing with pithos.
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Horrible Audio Playback After Initial Updates

I reinstalled Ubuntu 11.10 from scratch. Tested videos in Banshee, VLC, everything was fine. Ubuntu then picked up about 356 updates. After doing so, videos are now choppy - Youtube, playing mp4 files ...
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Pulseaudio keeps getting killed in Oneiric [closed]

Since I upgraded to Ubuntu 11.10 (oneiric), my pulseaudio tends to crash a few times a day, if I'm listening to music on YouTube. It restarts automatically (as long as I'm using a Unity session -- it ...
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Record audio from Skype on VPS?

I have impossible task to do! Going crazy! On fresh Ubuntu server 10.04. install, via SSH I've installed desktop and VNC server. Then Skype. Problem is that Ubuntu is VPS! And it don't have physical ...
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Switch audio outputs without using the GUI dialog for PulseAudio

I'm using Precise (development version), which means I'm very much expecting to see bugs. However, this time, it's fairly important that I find a workaround quickly – and it is a general question. ...
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No Sound in inbuilt speakers?

I am using ubuntu 11.10 . last night i am searching some help on using my headfone mic . but i found nothing. then i install pavcontrol and remove that . by this cmd : sudo apt-get install ...
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Running jackd on startup / replacing PulseAudio

How can I replace PulseAudio with Jack? I want to start jackd on startup either during boot or during logon instead of PulseAudio.
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Why is pulseaudio only working properly in system mode (for me)?

I seem to be having an issue with sound at the moment, where pulseaudio will only work if I run "sudo pulseaudio --system" after I've killed it. It seems to hang on startup, and I have to run "sudo ...
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How do I start pulseaudio on barebones X11 server?

I'm using Ubuntu 11.10 with Xdmx/Xmonad without Gnome on a macbook air 4,2. Xdmx is an X Server that allows you to use other Linux computers running X11 as monitors. Literally, monitors connected by ...
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How do I get an ssh -X session to use the host's sound settings

I have a USB sound card on a host system which has all my music, and to which I have connected my living room speakers. I would like to use my laptop to ssh -X into that system and run my favorite ...
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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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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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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 ...