USB sound

R Kimber richardkimber at
Fri Oct 4 12:48:09 UTC 2013

On Thu, 03 Oct 2013 23:49:03 -0400
Ric Moore wrote:

> > I've been having problems with UBS sound for some time (it used to work
> > about 6 months ago). I find that any USB sound device that I connect is
> > not recognised, and is not listed by aplay -l

> sudo apt-get install pavucontrol
> Then open it. Under the playback tab you select the device you want to 
> play back through from a drop down selection of all the audio devices 
> your system sees. I switch between my USB headset and my 6.1 sound systm 
> all the time using that. I use the headset to not bother other's 
> sleeping. Or, I can blow the cat out the window with 6.1. pavucontrol 
> SHOULD be installed during the install process, but it's not. Go figure.
> Ric

Thanks, but pavucontrol gives:-

Error: unable to connect to pulseaudio: OK

I should explain that in attempting to resolve this issue I have made many
changes, including disabling pulseaudio.  None of the changes worked.  I
then purged alsa-base, pulseaudio, and pavucontrol, and then re-installed
them.  This has made no difference, and pulseaudio remains disabled,
although I reversed the changes that I made previously, and anyway purging
should have removed any changed settings.

All the relevant modules seem to be loaded OK, including snd_usb_audio.

- Richard.
Richard Kimber

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