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After launching a few commands :

echo autospawn = no >> ~/.config/pulse/client.conf  #use ~/.pulse/client.conf on Ubuntu <= 12.10
killall pulseaudio
$LANG=C pulseaudio -vvvv --log-time=1 > ~/pulseverbose.log 2>&1

My sound does not work. (just with the speakers, with headphones it works but I can not change the volume)

The sound icon on the top right corner does show a speaker with a single non continuous line.

I can not change the volume; it is frozen. There can be an extremely low output of the sound (I hear something but I am not sure...) It does not show a single output device that is avalaible, not even the "dummie". I have tried to reset pulseaudio, alsa, remove it, purging it, reinstalling it, without having success.

EDIT: I have tried launching pulseaudio via the terminal. It worked :D

However, I am very surprised why it does not automatically start at the start of the computer. Any ideas ? Here the console output :

W: [pulseaudio] authkey.c: Failed to open cookie file '/home/simonm/.config/pulse/cookie': No such file or directory
W: [pulseaudio] authkey.c: Failed to load authorization key '/home/simonm/.config/pulse/cookie': No such file or directory
W: [pulseaudio] authkey.c: Failed to open cookie file '/home/simonm/.pulse-cookie': No such file or directory
W: [pulseaudio] authkey.c: Failed to load authorization key '/home/simonm/.pulse-cookie': No such file or directory

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You will have to remove configuration files you had created to reset to default settings of pulseaudio:

mv ~/.config/pulse/client.conf ~/.config/pulse/client.conf.old

or (if you are on Ubuntu 12.10 or earlier)

mv ~/.pulse/client.conf ~/.pulse/client.conf.old

After that you will have to log out and restart your session to start pulseaudio with its default settings.

Note: if this does not resolve your issue you may have broken your sound system with your attempts to purge it.

Basically in the first command you told it to not autospawn (i.e. restart by default).

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