When I set the audio output module to Pulseaudio, Audio memory, or Open Sound System, the sound works sometimes, but usually is very staticy.

If I switch to Alsa, the sound works fine, but if I pause the video, when I unpause it, there is no sound. I have to quit VLC and open it back up.

Any ideas how I could fix one of the other audio modules? My google search seems to suggest this is a bug with older VLC versions. I have VLC 2.0.3 (the packaged version that comes with this Ubuntu version).

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I've had the problem in 12.04. I now have 12.10 and vlc 2.0.4 and it seems even worse. Installing phonon-backend-vlc only shorten the static noise to 10 seconds at the start of play. So it was only partially useful.

I then went into Tools > Preferences > Audio and set Output module: to ALSA audio output. I remember reading about this solution before, but it does not always work. It seems to work now with phonon-backend-vlc installed. I closed VLC, opened VLC again, and played a video file. The static is completely gone.

Good luck. I have no idea why this works. You can always set it back to Output Module: Default if it does not work.


Follow the link below: install phonon-backend-vlc (works in ubuntu 12.04 x86)


  • Whilst this may theoretically answer the question, it would be preferable to include the essential parts of the answer here, and provide the link for reference. Oct 23, 2012 at 10:15
  • This did not fix the problem for me :(
    – mhost
    Oct 31, 2012 at 4:50

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