PulseAudio is a sound system for Linux and other UNIX systems.

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Arch Sound output only showing as Headphone while no headphone plugged

I've struggled couple of days to fix this issue with installing / uninstalling / editing alsa , pulseaudio setting but no luck . One time i was able to fix audio with alsamixer and select output ...
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How to set an upper bound on volume in PulseAudio?

Is it possible to set an upper limit for PulseAudio on startup? I would like to make sure that I do not put the volume too high for the sake of my eardrums. I looked into pactl set-sink-volume but ...
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Pulseaudio: how to restart without restart X11 if delete tmp?

I have deleted (because of errors) the /tmp folder, which contains the pulseaudio folder. The question is: how to restart pulseaudio without restarting X11? If I restart X11, pulseaudio works fine. I ...
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Changing input audio source and setting it to mono on Debian Jessie/8 using commands

Good day everybody, Today I was able to connect my WiiU to my computer using a PCI TV Tuner with a RCA input, only yellow. Thanks to VLC and video4linux I can play games flawlessly. I bought a cable ...
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When mic boost is activated, I don't have any sound input from microphone

I have an Asus computer (and before another Asus computer with the same problem), I'm running debian unstable on KDE Plasma (but I got the same problem with ubuntu, on lxde, kde, unity...). The idea ...
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No sound output

I just upgraded my machine to a new motherboard (ASUS Maximus VIII), processor and RAM. I'm on Debian stable, 8.4. Everything works, except for there being no sound output. The following I already ...
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Permanent shrill sound on ubuntu since buggy vlc video

A video with a buggy, or at least too complex soundtrack broke my Intel Ivy Bridge (i5-3337U) laptop running Ubuntu 15.10. In the middle of VLC playing the video, a shrill, slightly grating sound ...
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Internal speaker unmuted when I press volume up/down buttons on my headphones

It is logical to expect the volume up/down buttons on my USB headphones to only control the volume of the headphones, but in fact they also unmute all other audio output devices. I'm using KDE on ...
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No output through stereo jack

I cannot get any sound to output through either of my PC's stereo jacks. I do not even hear the typical static when I plug a device in. This is the case even though Phonon displays "built-in audio." I ...
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Is there a way to predict an PulseAudio Sink ID assignment?

When something like a browser opens a new tab, or any program requests an new sink from PulseAudio an ID is assigned (0..n). If this happens in rapid succession (i.e. programmatically executing ...
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Connect to two bluetooth audio sinks

I have two bluetooth audio receivers, one in the living room, and one in my bedroom. I connect to those from my laptop. Both receivers are visible from most places in my house. My plan is that I ...
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Trying to connect HL-Z300 headset on Ubuntu 15.10

I recently purchased this cheap bluetooth thingy from a Chinese manufacturer that basically is a clip-on headset with built-in microphone and with a optional audio jack plug for earphones. It ...
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ALSA - Traktor Audio 2 - How to split front and rear stereo channels / How to debug dmix

I am struggling to persuade ALSA to separate the front and rear outputs of my Native Instruments Traktor Audio 2 external USB soundcard and would really appreciate help. USB Vendor ID: 17cc, USB ...
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PulseAudio cannot change the sink for one specific program

I'm trying to play sound from Telegram through my headphones, which have an internal audio card. Here is the list of programs which produce audio output channels: $ pactl list sink-inputs Sink ...
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Mute audio but make it capturable for screenrecorder in linux

I can capture videos with audio for example with simplescreencapture. Usually this just captures what I see on the screen and what I hear from the speakers. If I mute the speakers, no audio is ...
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pulseaudio run as root

I have Ubuntu 12.04 installed on my PC, recently I have edited /etc/passwd and changed user1:x:00:00:user1,,,:/home/user1:/bin/bash to give root permission to user1 and the system always need to ...
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Linux mint 17.3 without HDMI sound output

Well, tried everything: alsa, alsa-utils, alsamixer, pulseaudio, puvecontrol and a lot more. Even I changed from ubuntu to Linux mint, but I can't get sound from hdmi (laptop connected to led tv). I ...
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Setting up a midi controller on Linux Mint

I've recently bought a Worlde Easykey 25 midi controller. I would like to set it up to work with my Linux Mint setup, preferably without messing up my other sound. I am aware of this guide here, but ...
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Configuring a system to run PulseAudio automatically on top of JACK

This is essentially the same as the Ask Ubuntu question How to use JACK and Pulseaudio/ALSA at the same time on the same audio device?. However, the answers to that question are all incomplete in at ...
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PulseAudio headphones issue

I'm having some trouble with pulseaudio as is tradition. When i enter X (DWM) , run google-chrome and travel to youtube.com and play a video, the headphones wont work, the sound is choppy. ...
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Empty output of pax11publish

I'M trying to stream audio over ssh as described here, I run pax11publish in order to discover the pulseaudio port, however the output is empty. I verified pulseaudio is running using ps.
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output sound in linphone choppy (while fine when recorded and played back)

I'm using Debian Jessie with pulseaudio. I can start phone calls with linphone and hear fine, the other side hears me fine, too. After some time of having the phone call established (~20min), the ...
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Rationale behind PulseAudio in userspace [closed]

Why is PulseAudio implemented in userspace? Seems to me that the same arguments for implementing fs, nfs etc. would also hold for pulse audio. Also, I can imagine that there are strict latency ...
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Most clean way running PulseAudio as system service with bluetooth (blueZ)

I've running a raspberry pi with fhem (home automation software) and some hardware modules controlling / reading devices like sensors. Now, my next "challenge" is implement voice recognition for ...
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3D sound based on window position

Okay, I know this sounds weird, but hear me out please. Assume the following: I've got a 4k screen here, maybe another one in the near future. I like to watch videos while doing boring stuff. This ...
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Problems with pulseaudio - pavucontrol and pacmd not connecting to pulseaudio

I'm running Debian Jessie (8.3) with the following pulseaudio packages. As far as I know all sound related stuff (including pulseaudio) corresponds to the default Jessie packages. I have not ...
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Isolating all audio for a specific user account with Pulseaudio

I've done some Googling on this subject, and looked around on Stack Exchange, but I haven't yet found a question canonically similar to mine. If this is the wrong section of Stack Exchange to ask this ...
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Pipe/Mix Line In to Output in PulseAudio

I work on two computers with one USB headset. I want to listen to both by piping the non-Linux computers' output into the Linux computer's line in (blue audio jack) and mixing the signal into the ...
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Remove PulseAudio device

While following instructions, I loaded a module which creates an input device "Monitor of Null Output" and an output device "Null Output" using this command: pactl load-module module-null-sink ...
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How to get pulse sound level

I'm using simple keyboard shortcuts to adjust sound level on my fluxbox 123 :Exec amixer sset Master,0 5+ 122 :Exec amixer sset Master,0 5- However I'd like to add some notification (notify-send) ...
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What do the sink and source keywords mean in pulseaudio?

I am reading about pulseaudio, how it works and how I can configure it. I am encountering two keywords a lot: SINK, SOURCE. At first I thought SINK meant OUTPUT and SOURCE meant INPUT, but it seems ...
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Pulseaudio microphone doesn't work

I am using Slackware 14.1. I installed pulse audio. The sound output works fine. But the microphone doesn't work in skype. I tried the steps from here: ...
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Which Soundblaster Live! 5.1 profile as shown in pavucontrol should I use and why?

I'm using an ancient SB Live! 5.1 card with Debian Jessie (8.3), and the default sound setup, which I assume is Alsa and pulseaudio. If I go to the config tab in pavucontrol, I see an impressively ...
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Audio 'pops' in when starting and stopping

Whenever audio starts playing, or stops playing, a 'popping' sound can be heard from my headphones. I am running Elementary OS 0.3.2 Freya, and the issue only happens when I am using headphones. The ...
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What makes it possible for a `pulseaudio' process to get the nice level of -11?

I noticed that a pulseaudio process on my Gentoo Linux machine has the nice level of -11. But I don't know how it has gained such a high priority regardless of being owned by a normal user. I know a ...
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Lenovo ThinkPad headphones trouble (combo jack)

Well... Sometimes ago I've bought a laptop Lenovo ThinkPad E555 with pre-installed Windows. I've removed Windows and installed Linux Mint 17.3. And now, sound through headphones does not work, only ...
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How to setup audio from for lubuntu minimal install

Running a very stripped down lubuntu 14.04LTS x64 install. I installed xorg and openbox and was up and running! but I can't, for the life of me, seem to get any sound. I installed alsamixer pulsaudio ...
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play m3u with vlc on raspberry pi using ssh

I would like to play m3u with vlc on raspberry pi using ssh (I don't have any screen to connect to the pi). I tried the following answer: Program run in SSH accessing pulseaudio on the machine where ...
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PulseAudio ~/.pulse/default.pa not used

I have pulseaudio configuration stored in /etc/pulse/default.pa, but i want to create new config outside as described in default.pa man page. I have created my config in ~/.pulse/default.pa. As I ...
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Pulseaudio broken on Arch: pa_stream_writable_size() failed: Connection terminated

The problem While trying to fix a minor issue on my Arch system, I seem to have created a bigger one. I don't really know what I did to cause this (more on that later) but pulseaudio seems to crash ...
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How can I switch to my onboard audio controller?

My desktop (running Arch) has a (very, very) old SB Live! sound card that isn't working very well any more. I'd like to switch to using the motherboard's onboard audio controller instead. Sadly, ...
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No sound through headphones despite pavucontrol (debian stretch)

After updating from jessie to stretch this week I found my heaphone jack no longer outputs sound, though my built in speakers work just fine. The puzzling thing is that everything seems to be in order ...
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Sound is very low (almost not audible) from primary sound card, Debian 8, pulse audio

I am using PulseAudio to manage my sound on Debian 8 with i3wm. Everything works properly, except the volume level on my on-board sound card. I can get sound out of it if I crank all settings to max ...
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Why do you need PulseAudio?

I'm reading and trying to understand why would anyone want to use Pulse Audio and I'm failing to understand. I read this ...
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pulseaudio volume much over 100%

How can I get the volume much over 100%. Sometimes the sound is not loud enought otherwise. I've tried using pavucontrol but that only allows me to go up to 125% (so with doing both playback and ...
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Soundproblem affects performance

The following error occurs when running programms with sound in wine: ALSA lib pcm.c:7963:(snd_pcm_recover) underrun occurred This greatly affects performance, as it occurs very frequently. I ...
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How to change audio settings as non root user?

I am using kali linux version 3.12 (the old one). I am unable to access sound settings as non root user. I am unable to open Pulse Audio as well. The message I get is something PULSE_SERVER in ...
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Sound over Dockingstation in KDE

I just installed Debian on my new Laptop(Lenovo X1) and I would like to use a ThinkPad OneLink Dock. Everything works great (USB, HDMI, Ethernet...) except for the audio. When I plug in the OneLink ...
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How do I get Mint to recognize my laptop's microphone as a mono input instead of stereo input?

I'm having an issue with Mint XFCE 17.2 detecting my laptop's internal microphone as a stereo microphone at a hardware level. The problem is that, since it's a mono device, the microphone's "right ...
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MPD and Chrome can't both play audio at the same time

I use MPD to stream music, but noticed that I often could not get any sound. I finally figured out that if I quit the Chrome web browser, then playback would continue. This is the relevant section ...