pulaseaudio seems to be working, but no sound. after totally deleting audio and spending a week trying to fix it, i have concluded that i am lost. ubuntu version 12.04

aplay -l ** List of PLAYBACK Hardware Devices ** card 0: MID [HDA Intel MID], device 0: HDA Generic [HDA Generic] Subdevices: 1/1 Subdevice #0: subdevice #0

the last part of (pkill pulseaudio; sleep 2; pulseaudio -vv) seems to have the word suspended in it a lot? I: [alsa-sink] alsa-sink.c: Device suspended... I: [pulseaudio] core.c: All sinks and sources are suspended, vacuuming memory D: [pulseaudio] module-udev-detect.c: /dev/snd/controlC0 is accessible: yes

removed all audio, oops bad idea, been a week now and need help, thanks

  • i need help please – robin May 27 '14 at 1:49
  • I'm in the same boat. Been using linux from the late 90's. ALSA all the way, pulseaudio comes along. I can't get any sound out of any debian or ubuntu systems. Can on other distros like gentoo which don't have pulse audio, but debian based distros are ruined by this. – Owl Aug 4 at 16:22

Make sure that pulseaudio is in the audio group:

sudo addgroup pulse audio
sudo service pulseaudio restart

There is a chance you have not initialized alsa, try

alsactl init

If this gets your speaker working again make sure alsa starts every time you boot by following this link


Try removing and re-installing alsa and pulseaudio:

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get remove --purge alsa-base pulseaudio && sudo apt-get install alsa-base pulseaudio && sudo alsa force-reload

See this unixmen tutorial if it doesn't work.

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