I have a problem with Kali Linux that seems a bit odd: the sound works perfectly in the Google Chrome browser but when I try to play music or video on VLC or the other player that comes with Kali Linux The sound do not work!

  • The sound used to be working just fine in both browser and media players.

  • I've tried to play music while the browsers were closed and nothing happens.

  • I have the same problem with all media files (mp4, mp3, wma, mkv. . .)

  • I have launched vlc from the terminal and there was no error message.

    vlc '/root/Téléchargements/Son Lux - _Easy_ (Official Video).mp3'
    VLC media player 2.2.4 Weatherwax (revision 2.2.3-37-g888b7e89)
    [0000560055f800e8] core libvlc: Lancement de vlc avec l'interface par défaut. Utilisez « cvlc » pour démarrer VLC sans interface

    And when I close VLC:

    QObject::~QObject: Timers cannot be stopped from another thread.
  • I updated the system but I'm not sure this is why the sound won't work. because I don't recall when this problem occurred.

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    Hmm, yes I see no error there. Next time, please run with LC_ALL=C vlc /path/to/file so the error messages can be in English. Also, why in the world are you running this as root!? Does it maybe work if you run as a regular user the way you're supposed to (I doubt it, but you never know)?
    – terdon
    Jan 11, 2017 at 15:32
  • @terdon This is bizarre ! I have just created a new regular account and the sound works perfectly. Why ?
    – Tifizza
    Jan 11, 2017 at 15:44
  • Great, please post that as an answer and accept it. That's just one more reason why you should never use root as your main account.
    – terdon
    Jan 11, 2017 at 15:45

1 Answer 1


Thanks to terdon's help I've found a solution (not so perfect by the way).

I have created a new regular user, because before I used root as my main account. And in this new session the sound works just fine !

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