How to get output devices to appear in PulseAudio?

Ric Moore wayward4now at
Sun Dec 30 21:45:48 UTC 2012

On 12/30/2012 08:40 AM, Chris Green wrote:
> I am slowly getting to understand what's going on with sound on my
> little Acer Revo.  However I still *don't* understand why sometimes
> PulseAudio can see some output devices and sometimes it can't.
> When it has no output devices not surprisingly I can't get any sound out
> of it, I then curse it for a while, run various things to see if I can
> understand what's going on, and at some point it works - but I can never
> understand why!
> So, how does one get output devices to appear?  Then, further, how does
> one do this from the command line, because I want to run this headless
> and will only have ssh access.  (Running X remotely doesn't work with
> modern applications as they use DBUS which breaks X)

If you don't install pavucontrol, you cannot get the full benefit of 
pulse. Just use apt-get to install it. I usually create a tool bar icon 
to summon it, if one isn't auto created. You'll enjoy it. Ric

My father, Victor Moore (Vic) used to say:
"There are two Great Sins in the world...
..the Sin of Ignorance, and the Sin of Stupidity.
Only the former may be overcome." R.I.P. Dad.

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