PulseAudio listing in Multimedia

Billie Erin Walsh bilwalsh at swbell.net
Thu May 14 15:40:13 UTC 2009

Nigel Henry wrote:
> On Thursday 14 May 2009 00:26, Billie Erin Walsh wrote:
>> Kevin B. O'Brien wrote:
>>> I ma having a problem with Phonon not working since my upgrade to
>>> Jaunty. Every device that "uses" Phonon, if that can accurately be said
>>> under the present circumstances, is completely soundless. Miro and
>>> certain movie players work just fine, so I know it is just a software
>>> problem.
>>> When I go to System Settings --> Multimedia, I see PulseAudio listed in
>>> the Device Preference list, even though I have made every attempt to
>>> remove it, and apt-get says there is nothing there to remove. Since this
>>> may have some bearing on my problem, is there a way to edit this list?
>>> All I can do on this screen is move things up or down, but removing is
>>> not an option.
>>> Thank you,
>> I installed just about everything I could find for Alsa and deleted the
>> main Pulseaudio package. There are other pulseaudio packages but to
>> uninstall them you would have to delete half the OS. It still shows
>> pulseaudio but it now shows Alsa also. Alsa makes my audio work now. I
>> set Alsa as the default. HOWEVER, Alsa settings won't "stick" over a
>> reboot. I have to go into Alsamixergui and reset it if I reboot.
>> Broken since 8.10.
>> YMMV!!!
> Hi Billie.
> This may not be your problem, but it's worth a look in Kmix's settings > 
> configure kmix. If the load volumes at login box is checked, uncheck it, and 
> then see if your settings are saved when you reboot.
> This is a long standing problem with Kmix, and seems to come and go with 
> various distros, and distro versions.
> The problem is that when you shutdown, alsactl store is run, and saves your 
> settings. So far so good. Then you reboot and alsactl restore is run, and the 
> alsamixer settings are restored to the state they were in when they were 
> saved. This is pre login. Now though you login to KDE, and Kmix messes with 
> the alsamixer settings, and changes them to the original settings that Kmix 
> had when you installed the OS.
> The load volumes at login box, when checked, retains these original settings 
> somewhere, so that whatever changes you make to alsamixer, or Kmix when 
> booted up, are saved correctly when you reboot, and restored correctly, but 
> only as far as the KDE login. Then you login, and Kmix's original settings 
> are applied, and messes up your correctly restored alamixer settings.
> As I say, this may not be your problem, but it is a long standing one.
> All the best.
> Nigel.

Give it a shot and see what happens. May be a few days/weeks 

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