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I am on Debian Pulseaudio 2.0-6.1. Up to now never had any issues with sound.

I made some experiments with remote sinks and now it seems pulse it totally messed up.

I have only one sink. When I restart pulseaudio pactl shows the sink as IDLE. As soon as an application tries to output sound the state changes to SUSPENDED and stays that way. "pactl suspend-sink 0 0" does not change the state. I can only get it to IDLE by restarting pulse and the cycle starts again.

After a reboot the problem persists.

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Have you tried disabling suspend-on-idle in /etc/pulse/default.pa? I change this:

### Automatically suspend sinks/sources that become idle for too long
load-module module-suspend-on-idle

to this:

### Automatically suspend sinks/sources that become idle for too long
#load-module module-suspend-on-idle

and then killall pulseaudio to restart it.

  • It helps me to startup Asus Xonar Essense One. – Pavel Patrin Apr 22 '16 at 13:30
  • This solution also solved my problem when vlc was reporting "connection refused" errors. – Edward Z. Yang Aug 28 '16 at 0:40

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