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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

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  • i need help please
    – robin
    May 27, 2014 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, 2019 at 16:22

5 Answers 5

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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

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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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    DONT DO THIS! For some reason in Linux Mint 19.3 it removed cinnamon too and then my system got broken! Apr 22, 2020 at 16:14
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    You might want to consider the time in which this was posted before blindly doing something
    – Jonathan
    Apr 22, 2020 at 16:16
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    I did systemctl --user start pulseaudio after the command from @Jonathan. The audio is working again just after that..
    – user849355
    Nov 10, 2022 at 20:09
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Make sure that pulseaudio is in the audio group:

sudo addgroup pulse audio
sudo service pulseaudio restart
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  • You can check the current groups with groups pulse
    – kronn
    Dec 29, 2021 at 11:58
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sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get remove --purge alsa-base pulseaudio && sudo apt-get install alsa-base pulseaudio && sudo alsa force-reload

Jonathans answer worked for me after somehow messing up my sound configuration, running ubuntu 18.04 on my old Dell XPS L702X.

Works as it was originally.

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After lot of searching i got this and it worked for me !

sudo apt remove pulseaudio*
sudo apt remove pavucontrol*
sudo apt install pavucontrol
sudo reboot

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