How can I export my X Display with audio.

For example, in tty1 if I put, "startx xmoto -- :1 &", I can play xmoto ok, but have no sound. If I put "xinit -- :1 &"and then put "xmoto &", again I can play xmoto ok, but have no sound.

The strange thing is the sound continues in tty1...if I go back to tty1 (ctrl+alt+f1) I can hear the game, but in tty8 (ctrl+alt+f8) didnt have sound.

So, probably I need to know how to export the X Display and the sound to tty8, for example.

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    I can't completely anwser your question, but I can start you on your way. X doesn't handle the sound, if you're using Natty its pulseaudio. – thomasmichaelwallace May 28 '11 at 10:36

///OLD: Left just in case! This worked for me

edit /etc/group

sudo nano /etc/group

Next, search for audio, you shoud find somethink like this:


Add a coma and your username afther pulse

audio:x:29:pulse,username //whatever your username actually is

change username with the one you wish to log in!!!

Save and restart ubuntu, it should work. If I switch between sessions(Cn+Alt+F7), I loose sound in the one I started, just to let you all know. I suppose it is a bug.


EDIT: According to Reinis(see comment below) it is not recommended to edit the file manually. It's better to :

sudo adduser _username_ audio

Change username with your actual username. Restart :)

  • Really thanks, worked to me too. Interesting, similar problems can solved by this. – GarouDan Aug 29 '11 at 12:20
  • You shouldn't edit that file manually. The better way would be to use command: "sudo adduser username audio" I can't say the reason for this but I guess security and/or data consistency. I would upvote You would kindly fix the solution :) – Reinis Dec 31 '12 at 10:35
  • No need to reboot, just log out, and log in again. – Hi-Angel Mar 13 '15 at 16:55

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