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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Problems with USB microphone

My USB mic in webcam in Skype not working (cam works fine). I use Arch Linux with alsa. I set up pulseaudio but then I removed it because it is not stable. cat /proc/asound/cards 0 [SB ...
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Endless pulseaudio error logging: failed to acquire autospawn lock

I have an issue with pulseaudio logging error messages in a loop and wonder how I can fix them: Aug 7 20:22:17 s pulseaudio[25638]: lock-autospawn.c: Cannot access autospawn lock. Aug 7 20:22:17 s ...
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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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pulse-audio does not recognise my Logitech mic and my Webcam mic

I use the (great) AK5370 microphone for Skype, but it is not recognized by my archlinux i86_64. It also fails to recognize the mic on my Logitech Webcam (PTZ, which I do not use). Both are connected ...
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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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How do I make Wheezy see my sound card?

I'm working on a relatively clean install of Wheezy - relatively as I installed it today and have been installing packages for quite some time. I previously had Ubuntu which played sounds, so it's not ...
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Is there any gnome-shell mixer icon relying on alsa and not pulseaudio?

So, long story short, when I installed Mint 12 on my Dell laptop I realized my HDA-intel sound board have problems with pulseaudio. I uninstalled pulseaudio and got my sound back, but removing ...
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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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Sound volume control does not work in Ubuntu

My sound volume control does not work when I'm logged in with my regular user, though the sound works correctly. What's weirder is that the sound control works when I'm logged in as guest. With my ...
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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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Read out pulseaudio volume from commandline? (I want: “pactl GET-sink-volume”)

I want to read out the volume level I can set with pactl set-sink-volume $SINK $VOLUME Is there an easy way to do that? As easy as the hypothetical pactl get-sink-volume $SINK ? (What I'm ...
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How to get sound intensity of an audio input through terminal?

I want to know the intensity of the sound being heard by an audio in source like a mic or Line-in through Command line. Kinda like the progressbar under the mouse but in CLI. audiointensity mic0 10 ...
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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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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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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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How to use pulseaudio for network stream with Raspbmc (Kodi)?

I am using Raspbmc (with Kodi 14) on my Raspberry Pi. Now I would like to set up pulseaudio to be able to stream music from all my Linux computers easily to the Raspberry pi. My problem is, that I am ...
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xfce4-notifyd Not Showing Volume Change Notification on Fedora 22

I am using xfce4 on Fedora 22. I am able to use my volume keys to change the volume and use my mute key with no issue. However, no notification is showing on the desktop indicating volume change. ...
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How to reduce the volume of a background music stream when a different audio source is playing?

With PulseAudio it is possible to manage volume on an application basis, but I find it hardly useful to do it manually. What I'd rather have is the following: I'm usually listening to music but ...
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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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Why do Pidgin sounds change the volume of music for their duration?

I am running Debian 8 (Jessie). Pretty plain install except I'm running AwesomeWM, no desktop environment, and Gnome is pretty much nowhere to be seen. PulseAudio is setup with defaults. I use Pidgin ...
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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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pulse_output failed to play: suspended

I have mpd running as a system service and as user mpd. Since mpd is a system service and pulse audio is session-based, I have to stream music from mpd to the currently active pulse session daemon. ...
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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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Audio support for Realtek Chip

I've build my own PC with ASUS Z97-P Motherboard with a Realtek Audio Chip. Everything works fine, but I can't get the audio working. I'm using KDE 5 and tried Phonon with VLC and GStreamer backend, ...
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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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How does PulseAudio start?

PulseAudio is always running on my system, and it always instantly restarts if it crashes or I kill it. However, I never actually start PulseAudio. I have checked /etc/init.d/ and ...
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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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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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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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Setting up surround sound with optical out

I have Centos 6.3 running on this pc. The built in sound card is detected normally and is a 7.1 card with all speakers listed. It includes a optical out as well as HDMI for the built in video. It ...
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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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Automatically switch sound output device to Bluetooth headset & force to A2DP profile on connection

Using Mint 17 + MATE here. My bluetooth headset (Plantronics Backbeat Go2) is connected just fine with my system, but there are several manual steps I have to take to make this work that I would very ...
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How can I find the correct name for my microphone and sound output using aplay or pacmd or something else, to apply in asound.conf?

I need to write a default mic and default speaker output in the asound.conf config file. But I don't know exactly how I can find my external sound card or microphone device's name, so that on reboot ...