I have sound problem in VLC, if a video is playing in a browser and i launch an audio or video file in VLC i got this error message = "Audio output failed: The audio device "sysdefault:CARD=MID" could not be used: Device or resource busy.", it plays sound only if there is no sound playing in the browser !!!!! i have VLC media player 2.2.0 Weatherwax , and chrome browser

  • What is your Ubuntu version? Is pulseaudio installed? – Pilot6 May 22 '15 at 16:32
  • ubuntu 15.04, and pulseaudio is installed version 6.0 – rainman May 22 '15 at 16:45
  • I believe that JACK might be a good alternate, doesn't it have a mixer of a sort? It seems like your audio card can only handle one channel at a time. What model do you have? – waterlubber May 22 '15 at 21:17
  • i did cat /proc/asound/cards and this is the output i got: ' 0 [MID ]: HDA-Intel - HDA Intel MID HDA Intel MID at 0xfc800000 irq 28 1 [NVidia ]: HDA-Intel - HDA NVidia HDA NVidia at 0xddefc000 irq 17 ' – rainman May 23 '15 at 9:51

I found a solution:

In VLC I went to tools --> preferences, then switched audio output to AUTOMATIC instead of ALSA and click the save button below.

  • This is not default. But now it goes to pulseaudio. – Pilot6 May 23 '15 at 20:13
  • after choosing AUTOMATIC , click the save button below – rainman May 23 '15 at 20:18
  • You can edit your post. – Pilot6 May 23 '15 at 20:24

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