I'm on Ubuntu 14.04 and my laptop is connected to a TV via HDMI. The sound comes out of the tv just fine, but if I want to plug my headphones into the PC, nothing happens. The sound keeps coming out of the tv.

Indeed, in the sound settings, output tab, I only see connector: HDMI. Nothing else.

I would like to be able to switch between HDMI audio and headphones. Is it possible?

  • What happens when you unplug the HDMI cable? Also, try to reboot, if nothing happens. – Peter Nerlich Mar 14 '15 at 17:53
  • My goal was to avoid rebooting each time. :) When I unplug the HDMI cable, I'm stuck with the HDMI settings, so no sound. – Ricky Robinson Mar 28 '15 at 22:49

It's not a very elegant solution, but I found if I run pavucontrol and go to the config tab, I see two entries with pulldown menus set to 'digital stereo (hdmi) output' and 'analog stereo output' respectively. If I set the top menu to 'off' the sound starts coming through my headphones. If I set it back to the original setting and set the second one to 'off', sound starts coming through the external monitor. Something like that might work for you.

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