Why does the pulse audio volume control interface have to be impossible for a normal human to understand? I went through 4 hours of search, install/remove/install before I accidentally discovered that right click gave me a box to fix my problem.

Asked by David R Braden on 2011-01-29

Pulse audio volume control interface is poorly designed. Right click on the audio playback button and check the drop-down menu to replace Redwood HDMI audio with Internal Audio Analogue Stereo fixes a problem connecting to external speakers on my new ASUS A42J notebook. I spent 4 hours trying to solve this with search and command line fixes that very nearly broke my system (I managed successfully to undo what I'd done). The right click was a pure accident. If there is a reference to it on the Internet, I think I;d have found it.

Can the developers include instructions or make an interface that is easier to understand?

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marcus aurelius
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Best marcus aurelius (adbiz) said : #1

that's because some programs were made to make your life miserable BWAHAHAHA!

anyhoo, for future reference, with any program you can click either the left or right mouse button to access different commands/features.

you also have to understand that a lot of opensource programs are written by one person and that person doesn't have time to write a set of documentation, so you have to experiment by trying it out. some programs are easier to use than other. this is especially true with commercial programs as well. (e.g. adobe illustrator is extremely unnecessarily difficult to use, whereas the opensource inkscape is very intuitive and easy to use)

David R Braden (davidbefore) said : #2

Yeah OK -Thanks. Impatient sometimes, but I still prefer open source. Problem solved.