I use Ubuntu Studio 18.04.2, 64 bit Linux (with the extended support) Operating System.

I don't know why but, today one of my desktop PCs doesn't have pulseaudio working.

I tried: pulseaudio -k, first and then: pulseaudio -D but, I just got the messages:

Fail to stop the daemon because it is not working.

Fail to start the daemon.

So... I went to Synaptic Packages Manager and I uninstalled, first, and then I reinstalled all about pulseaudio

But... It doesn't work!

It doesn't start at startup.

Even more, I tested if I had sound from some apps (audacity, musescore, firefox) and... Nothing! There is no sound!

I have the exactly same Linux OS in my 3 PCs (two desktops and one laptop) and this issue is just present in one of my desktop, only, since today!

I don't know what to do to rescue the pulseaudio daemon!

What's wrong here?

What can I do to fix this?

BTW: If it could possible..., Can we use ALSA only? How can we switch between pulseaudio and ALSA at any time?

  • Have you checked your hardware? ie. I'd boot a 'live' system (ideally something other than the a Ubuntu [Studio] 18.04 you are using) to check that the issue is related to your config, and not just your hardware? – guiverc May 24 '19 at 23:29
  • Not. It is not about my hardware. It is something about some missed modules which are not present in the pulseaudio config of that PC. Some of those missed modules are: module-jackdbus-detect, module-bluetooth-policy, module-systemd-login. But, I don't have any clue about how to re-install them, because they are not in Synaptic Packages Manager and we can not to install them, with sudo apt-get install. So... – Juan May 25 '19 at 20:12
  • More reason to me to try booting 'live' systems. If you find a 'live' system that boots & works as you want, you can list modules (lsmod) etc to find out what works with your actual hardware, then replicate that setup on your chosen installed system. It's what I do frequently. The other choice is given you know when it started occuring; I often find files that were modified in the -mtime (or files newer than the last boot when it worked etc) to look for a change that caused it. This may be more difficult now given you've purged & re-installed packages causing lots of changes. – guiverc May 25 '19 at 22:20
  • I got audio from all apps! After a lot of reinstallations, I got audio again! But... Now I have to manually write: pulseaudio -D to start the daemon. So... I don't know how to perform a real final fix to this issue! – Juan May 26 '19 at 5:11
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    I think I found the reason for this rare behaviour, but I don't have any clue why... I discovered that in the Starting and Sessions option (in the Configuration Manager) the command: pulseaudio -D was included into the startup apps panel. I unclicked it and, now... All is working so fine!!! I suspect some app made this change, but I don't know which, or when. – Juan May 27 '19 at 20:43

try maybe using:

    killall pulseaudio 

And try Again with:

pulseaudio --start

If it started up, But has some weird static effect, then try Doing either:

killall pulseaudio


pulseaudio -k && sudo alsa force-reload && sleep 2 && pulseaudio -k && sudo alsa force-reload
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As guiverc adviced me, I think I found the solution to this:

1) Go to the Configuration panel

2) Go to the Starting and Session option.

3) Look for the tab: Startup Apps

4) Check if there is something related with Pulseaudio

In my specific case, I found a direct command: pulseaudio -D, activated.

I unchecked it, and... Everything was fixed!


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