Switching from PulseAudio to ALSA; Having issues with Sound Preferences

Asked by Sly on 2011-05-01

I'm trying to switch from PulseAudio to ALSA, since PulseAudio refuses to pick up my internal mic. However, when I got everything working with ALSA, wouldn't you know that something else stopped working?

Now I'm having a problem with Sound Preferences giving me a message "Waiting for sound system to respond", even though ALSA is playing sounds perfectly find, and my microphone is now working.

I've already been on IRC, and apparently no one there could help with this problem.

Do I need to completely remove PulseAudio?
Is there some kind of setting that I can change to make it detect ALSA as what Sound Preferences should control?

I already have gnome-alsamixer installed, and controlling it from there is perfect. However, I don't want to have to open that every time I want to change my volume, or even mute it.

Graciously appreciate if someone can help.

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clearkimura (clearkimura) said : #1

@Sly

I am just leaving a comment here. May help or may not help.

> Now I'm having a problem with Sound Preferences giving me a message "Waiting for sound system to respond"
To solve this, you need ensure PulseAudio daemon is running. Simply execute this command in Terminal or add to Startup Applications: /usr/bin/pulseaudio

> Do I need to completely remove PulseAudio?
You shouldn't. Removing PulseAudio will also remove many dependencies, including alsa itself. At least that is what I have read in forum, though I never dared to try that.

>I already have gnome-alsamixer installed, and controlling it from there is perfect. However, I don't want to have to open that every time I want to change my volume, or even mute it.
You can try to bind keys to trigger volume level and mute it. I think I saw a Q&A before i.e. to bind keys to adjust alsa volume but I didn't keep the link. So, you need to find on your own.

Hope this helps!

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