USB sound

Ric Moore wayward4now at
Fri Oct 4 22:14:43 UTC 2013

On 10/04/2013 08:48 AM, 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.

Methinks if you had pavucontrol installed first, before taking a hammer 
to everything, you might have had a chance to be listening to your 
tunes. Even a complete purge doesn't always remove all config files. 
Maybe look to see if you have any ~/.alsa config files/directories still 
lying around, or ~/.asound. rm them with great prejudice. Something is 
telling it not to work/start.

It might be easier to re-install cleanly, which I have had to do from 
some of my own 'hammering round pegs into square holes" sessions. Heh, 
I've done that more than once! Or, just for grins, create a new user and 
test my theory, unless you blew something up system wide.

You might just go into /etc/init.d/ and type ./pulseaudio start
     to see what error messages you see. But, if you're like me, you 
blew it up real good. :) 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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