I have a Logitech 590 USB headset that I cannot get to work with Ubuntu 12.04. In my computer sound settings everything is absolutely blank. No options for inputs or outputs. I do have some regular speakers that work, and I can actually hear through the headset when I use Skype. But I can't use the microphone at all, or hear through the headset in anything but Skype.
I believe it is becuase the PulseAudio server is not running. When I try to start it I see:
$ pulseaudio --start E: [autospawn] core-util.c: Home directory /home/user not ours. W: [autospawn] lock-autospawn.c: Cannot access autospawn lock. E: [pulseaudio] main.c: Failed to acquire autospawn lock
sudo start-pulseaudio-x11 Failed to create secure directory: Permission denied Connection failure: Connection refused pa_context_connect() failed: Connection refused
Trying to run pavucontrol gives me:
Connection to PulseAudio failed
The AlsaMixer seems to be working. I don't know much about it, but if I open up the GUI and mess around it does seem to control my regular speakers.
I have reinstalled pulseaudio and pavucontrol and this doesn't seem to help.
I either need to figure out how to get pulse audio started, or bypass it (in order to use this headset).