So when pulseaudio is installed on my computer, there is no sound. However, if I uninstall pulseaudio, the ubuntu sound indicator has to be uninstalled too. How can I use ALSA by default without having pulseaudio uninstalled? Or, how can I uninstall pulseaudio without uninstalling the sound-indicator?


Open your terminal and type:

sudo apt-get install gconf-editor


gconftool-2 --type string --set /system/gstreamer/0.10/default/audiosink "alsasink"
gconftool-2 --type string --set /system/gstreamer/0.10/default/musicaudiosink "alsasink"

If you want to enable it for Audio/Video Conf also then

gconftool-2 --type string --set /system/gstreamer/0.10/default/chataudiosink "alsasink"

for more information & Indeed credit too.

  • After trying this on ubuntu 13.10, pulseaudio is still running, and there is no sound. – Evan Oct 12 '13 at 23:06
  • ok do one thing Purge pulse audio. don't worry about notification sound applet. by having gnome alsa mixer installation we can get it back – rɑːdʒɑ Oct 13 '13 at 3:02
  • so how do you get indicator-sound back without installing pulse audio? – Evan Oct 13 '13 at 5:05
  • howto.blbosti.com/2010/04/… – rɑːdʒɑ Oct 13 '13 at 5:41
  • No, I want specificity, the indicator sound app back. – Evan Oct 16 '13 at 1:56

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