Cannot access sound controls

Asked by Alex Riggle

Ubuntu 10.04

I need to set microphone level in order to use Simon (a voice recognition program). Simon says (heh) to do that from my system's sound control app.

When I go to System>Preferences>Sound it hangs and says "Waiting for sound system to respond". Indefinitely.

I just uninstalled PulseAudio today to attempt to make it play sounds from 2 different programs simultaneously. Everything still makes noise. But I still can't make it play sound from more than one source at a time.

Do I need to reinstall PulseAudio? Install something else? And, is there any way on God's Green Earth to get it to play sounds from two different sources at the same time?



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Eliah Kagan (degeneracypressure) said :

It would make sense to try reinstalling pulseaudio, to see if that enables you to configure your sound properties.

I'm calling this a comment rather than an answer, because it only answers half your question. My Ubuntu 10.10 system has no problem playing two (or even more) sounds at a time (and it has pulseaudio installed), so there is a way...but I'm not sure what it is. Note that you might get better results if you asked that as a separate question. If someone knows the answer, and they see the title of this question, they won't know that you're looking for that information too.

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actionparsnip (andrew-woodhead666) said :

Pulse is installed by default. Why did you have to install it separately?

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Eliah Kagan (degeneracypressure) said :

@actionparsnip: It was installed (by default) on his system. He *uninstalled* it himself, in an attempt to fix a problem where he cannot play multiple sounds concurrently.

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Alex Riggle (mousethief) said :

I'll reinstall it and see what happens.

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Alex Riggle (mousethief) said :

Okay, I reinstalled PulseAudio and can get to my audio controls! Yay! But I still can't get a speaker button to appear on my panel, and still can't hear two sounds at once. I think I'll close this and open another on the two sounds problem.