Audio issues: Pulseaudio HOWTO

Willy Hamra w.hamra1987 at
Wed Apr 29 07:04:58 UTC 2009

On 27/04/2009, Myriam Schweingruber <myriam at> wrote:
> Hi marc,
> On Sun, Apr 26, 2009 at 18:33, marc <gmane at> wrote:
> >
> >
> >
> > If you have any audio problems, then I recommend following these
> > instructions.
> No, please do *not* follow that advice:
> If you really read that post, you would have noticed the following, on
> top of the post, written in bold red letters:
> [quote]
> Note 4: Kubuntu users: Don't follow this guide - PulseAudio isn't used
> in your distribution.
> [/quote]
> What should be done is to remove Pulseaudio from Kubuntu, as no KDE
> application is using it, and it causes far more problems than it
> solves. For some mysterious reason it gets installed and causes
> problems galore...
> If somebody is in the same situation than me and can't remove it (and
> believe me, I tried hard to, with the help of the Kubuntu devs on IRC
> during several hours), move it to the bottom of the sound card list in
> Phonon to make sure it doesn't interfere with your settings.
> Regards, Myriam.

now explain something to me. who manages sound on the system? is it
the desktop environment? or the ubuntu base?
KDE4 doesn't use pulseaudio, what if i have GNOME installed as well?
pulseaudio is still needed for GNOME to work properly i take it.
the other question is why doesn't KDE use pulseaudio? what does it
use? phonon is a layer, why can't it use pulseaudio?

Willy K. Hamra
Manager of Hamra Information Systems
Co. Manager of Zeina Computers and Billy Net.

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