I've experienced many problems with pulseaudio one of which my bluetooth headphone never works properly after it wakes from the idle mode if there are no sounds for a while. I even tried to go to


and comment out the line

load-module module-suspend-on-idle

in the file named default.pa as suggested by someone here.

But even though this partially fixed my headphone issue, I got microphone issues instead.

Is there an alternative to pulseaudio? If yes, how to install and use it?


Instead of uninstalling PulseAudio as suggested by Pabi you should disable autospawning by editing /etc/pulse/client.conf and replacing:

; autospawn = yes


autospawn = no

After that either reboot your machine or run pulseaudio -k, then and continue configuring ALSA.

  • I already uninstalled PulseAudio, but I reinstalled it right now using sudo apt-get install pulseaudio. Hopefully, this is still a valid answer! I'm gonna try that! – user207935 Jul 2 '14 at 13:21
  • By the way, autospawn = no without the prefixing semicolon, right? – user207935 Jul 2 '14 at 13:22
  • @KareemMesbah Correct, you need to "uncomment" the line so that it will be read as part of the configuration, which will stop the service from spawning pulseaudio processes. – LiveWireBT Jul 2 '14 at 13:29
  • What about the sound tray? After uninstalling PulseAudio at first, it's gone! And now even though I re-installed it, it's still missing! – user207935 Jul 2 '14 at 13:30
  • The Sound Menu (aka indicator-sound) depends on PulseAudio (and should be reappearing once PulseAudio is running), you have to find another application or indicator that does not depend on PulseAudio. I'm sorry, I cannot help you out with that. – LiveWireBT Jul 2 '14 at 16:18

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