enablign usb headset

NoOp glgxg at sbcglobal.net
Wed Mar 18 17:42:13 UTC 2009

On 03/18/2009 10:28 AM, Tommy Trussell wrote:
> On Wed, Mar 18, 2009 at 12:24 PM, NoOp <glgxg at sbcglobal.net> wrote:
>> On 03/17/2009 02:28 PM, Donald Raikes wrote:
>>> Hello,
>>> How do I enable my usb headset under intrepid?
>>> I hear everything perfectly through the speakers, but I would like to be
>>> able to use my usb headset at times, but when I plug it in, the sound
>>> still comes through the speakers.
>>> I would like it to be that when I plug in the headset audio is
>>> automatically switched to the headset, but if they are not plugged in
>>> sound comes through the speakers like usual.
>> Right click the audio icon, select 'Open Volume Control', click
>> 'Preferences', tick 'Headphone Jack Sense'. You will now see a new tab
>> labeled 'Switches' next to the 'Playback' tab, click it. Now, tick
>> 'Headphone Jack Sense'.
> does that work for USB headphones (which don't use the "headphone
> jack")? That's what the OP was describing but I don't have any so I
> cannot test.

OK, try this one instead:
[I've got a USB headphones]


Just install the PulseAudio Device Chooser (its package is called

Run it (it will create a menu entry in Application → Sound & Video) and
it will put its icon in your taskbar.

Left-click on its icon and select Volume Control. In the Playback tab
you should see the audio streams of the various applications (the one
that produce sound, that is) you are running (e.g. Totem, Flash, etc.).
Left click on the stream you want, select Move Stream... and a list will
appear listing your audio devices (in your case your soundcard and USB
headset). You can then select the audio device you want this application
to use to send its sound to. And so on...

PulseAudio will remember the audio device you have selected the next
time you run this application.

Thus, you are having great flexibility on deciding what audio device
each of your applications to use. Plus, you are getting individual
volume levels per application.

In the Output Devices tab you can set the audio device you want to be
used as the default by right-clicking on it and enabling the Default
option. The same for the Input Devices.

You can set the PulseAudio Device Chooser to start every time you login
from its preferences (i.e. left-click on its icon and select Preferences).

Hope you like it. I think it is exactly what you want, right?

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