USB sound

chris chevhq at
Fri Oct 4 17:59:03 UTC 2013

On 05/10/13 01:48, R Kimber wrote:
> 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.
Have you googled to see if your sound card is supported.  I have been 
caught by that in the past.

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