Ubuntu Multimedia :: Switch Pulseaudio Inputs And Outputs With One Click?

Sep 10, 2010

With pulseaudio handling sound on Lucid (10.04), when I plug in my USB headset it's recognized, but there was no easy way to have it be used without going to System > Preferences > Sound > Input & Output and checking the radio buttons. Then if it's unplugged, and plugged in again later, the setting has been lost, so it was back through the menus. Not good when the headset's not plugged in and I'm fumbling to answer a Skype call. What would be ideal is if pulseaudio could prioritize and always default to the headset when it's plugged in. But I'm told by one of the pulseaudio gods (Col) that it can't yet.Here's a way to at least get the switch down to one button on the panel bar.0. Get all your devices plugged in1. Find your outputs (speakers, headphones):Quote:pacmd list-sinks | grep alsa_output2. Find your inputs (such as a microphone):Quote:pacmd list-sources | grep alsa_input3. Write a bash file to choose one or both, like this but with device names appropriate to your system which you've discovered above for the alsa_output.* and alsa_input.* strings.Quote:

#! /bin/bash
pacmd set-default-sink alsa_output.usb-Generic_FREETALK_Everyman_0000000001-00-Everyman.analog-stereo
pacmd set-default-source alsa_input.usb-Generic_FREETALK_Everyman_0000000001-00-Everyman.analog-stereo


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Ubuntu Multimedia :: Getting Keyboard To Toggle Between KVM Switch Inputs?

Feb 14, 2010

I'm using an IOGEAR KVM Switch to switch between my newly built PC and Xbox 360. I've been using it for a while on my 360 with no problems, but to switch inputs you have to use a hotkey on a keyboard that is connected to the KVM switch (there is no button on the KVM switch to toggle between inputs). My KVM switch is compatible with Linux, but each time I plug in my Logitech Wired Wave keyboard into my KVM switch and use the hotkey it fails to switch the input. The hotkey is the Scroll Lock key on the keyboard, and the Logitech Wired Wave keyboard doesn't have a key dedicated to that function.

So I use the key combo for Scroll Lock, which is Fn + Pause/Break. I haven't mapped out all the keys on this keyboard yet, but I figured it should already be mapped out, since all the other basic keyboard keys are working. I managed to switch the toggle key from tapping the Scroll Lock key (combo) twice to tapping the Control key twice, after finally figuring out the manual's long and convoluted key combinations to change the input toggle key setting. If anyone else encounters this problem I would direct you to the Page 11 of the product manual, which is available at the product page linked to above.

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Jun 19, 2010

I was wondering if there is an application for Ubuntu (FOSS or otherwise) that would allow me real time management of all of my audio inputs and outputs. Essentially I have multiple microphones attached to my computer and multiple audio outputs. What I am looking to do is to be able to assign each different input to it's own audio output. A touch screen interface is a plus for the program but not necessary.

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Ubuntu Multimedia :: No Sound Inputs Available?

Jan 6, 2010

I can't seem to get my microphone working. I've gone into Sound preferences in Sound Recorder and there aren't any options for sound input, only the one sound output option "Internal Audio"

I'm using the Input and Output jacks on the motherboard.

Anyone know what I can do to get this working?

I've been using Ubuntu for a few weeks, I'm trying to switch.

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Jan 5, 2011

i should start by saying i'm using ArtistX OS, (based on Ubuntu Karmic (9.10)) I have a cassette deck and a usb turntable that i want to use to digitize my old stuf. at first, there was no output from either device, but after much fiddelin', when i right click on the volume icon and hit sound preferences, input tab, i can see that there is now incoming signal from both devices, but no audio rendering. also, again after much try this or that, got audacity to record and playback (audibly, but i could still not hear it durring recording), but that which was rendered was not acceptable quality for archiving i havn't a clue what to try now

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Ubuntu Multimedia :: Devede Only Outputs The .mpg

May 30, 2011

I've been having issues with Devede on my desktop although I used to use it on my laptop back in the day. I click videocd and under advanced options select ISO but can only get the output of a new .mpg. I've also tried to create disc structure but had the same result. I've uninstalled and reinstalled via the software center and still nothing has changed. Currently I'm having to use wine to run ConvertXtoDVD and then burn with K9Copy.

Running Ubuntu 11.04.

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Ubuntu Multimedia :: Wineasio/JACK - Assign More Inputs Than Sound Card Actually Has?

Feb 10, 2011

I am running Ubuntu Studio 9.10 and have been using wineasio to connect Reaper to JACK successfully for a while now. However, I am now experimenting with using multiple soundcards in JACK (via alsa_in). My main card is an M-audio delta 44 (4 inputs) and I want to route the inputs from my onboard soundcard into Reaper using JACK. No problem so far.. This all works with alsa_in. But the problem is I can't get reaper to start with more than 4 in/out.

With wineasio, there is an environment variable "ASIO_INPUTS=" and "ASIO_OUTPUTS=" which allows you to set the number of in/out... Which I already used to bump it up to 4 when the default was 2. But when I try to set the inputs to 8, for example, Reaper still only recognizes that there are 4 inputs in its configuration.

The problem here is I need more than 4 separate input tracks going into Reaper simultaneously. It would also be nice to just have some "virtual" in/out ports to route things around in more ways. Another option I have considered is the "Rearoute" drivers in Reaper, however I'm not sure if that will play well with JACK. I'll have to test it tonight and see. I guess if it doesn't connect to JACK, it may be theoretically possible to run JACK simultaneously with the Rearoute driver with Reaper, and then actually use alsa_in on the same card to bridge it to JACK (in addition to using alsa_in for the onboard soundcard inputs as well)... But if this even works, I'm not sure if the latency will be worse ...

Does anybody have any insights on this? Am I doing something wrong or overlooking something? Is this just a limitation of wine or wineasio that it cannot assign more inputs than the primary sound card physically has? Would "virtual ports" help me at all in this endeavor?

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Ubuntu Multimedia :: Multiple Audio Outputs Not Available

Oct 28, 2010

I've searched high and low, and can't seem to find a solution to this. I'm running a Dell Inspiron with an HDMI output with 10.10 through the tv. I want to get HDMI sound output for VLC, but I also want S/PDIF output (to the stereo) for Musicplayer. I can test and use the HDMI in the sound preferences sound/preferences/sound, but when I try to do the same for the internal card and click 'test speakers' the sound program closes itself. When the machine was a windows machine, it had PowerDVD outputting to the TV and Mediaplayer outputting to the stereo. I'm aiming for a similar set up in Ubuntu.

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Fedora :: X Freezes - Can't Click And Switch To VT

Oct 7, 2010

sometimes (not often, like once a week) in my F13, X freezes: the pointer still moves but I can't click and I can't switch to VT. The only thing I can do is power down holding the power key! The system is not frozen (Once I've ssh into it), so I think I can avoid this drastic shutdown. I remember the option "DontZap" was used in Xorg.conf to permit the use of the CTRL+ALT+DEL to kill X, now is missing. Can I restore it, somehow? Otherwise can I have a way out from X? In my opinion the use of the power button is unacceptable

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Jul 13, 2011

I'm using F14 (preupgrade has an unhandled exception) x86_64 version with Gnome desktop, and I think after some updates I'm unable to go directly between app toolbar to os toolbar and vice versa. For example, I can start opera fine. Once it's started, I'm not able to change tabs or basically do anything in opera, but I can still access the window tabs on the bottom (OS or buttons on top). I need to right click somewhere on the OS, and then go into opera to use mouse there.

Once I do that, then I can't access the OS buttons, (switch windows/screen on bottom, volume controls on top, open new apps) until I right click somewhere in opera. It seems like there's a right focus button that is stuck somewhere. I'm not sure which recent upgrade caused it (if it was an upgrade), as it was working fine for a long time before. Keyboard shortcuts are ok though. It seems to be a gnome problem, as when I logged into KDE desktop it is ok.

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Nov 14, 2010

Do you know any dvd playback app that can recognize inputs from a remote control (like play, pause e.t.c) and at the same time when I launch it to check the dvd rom and resume playback from last time. I used vlc but it does not seem that works like the way I do.

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Ubuntu Multimedia :: Pulse Audio Multiple Outputs?

Apr 3, 2010

I've searched and searched and can't find a straight answer about this. I want to sent the same signal out of the digital output and one of the analog outputs on the soundcard (Intel HDA) on my motherboard. I'm using ALSA and Pulse Audio.

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Oct 23, 2010

I'm trying to get my Audigy 2 Value to output digital but when I try to use the iec958 interface it outputs to the front speakers analog outputs, ie not the digital io socket.

I can get 5.1 surround by using the plug:surround51 device.

Have gone though other guides trying to fix the problem but no luck. how to get the digital stuff working. I have included some outputs.



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Jul 20, 2010

I am running KDE 3.5 Hardy Ubuntu and have encountered an odd window switch to new window view problem. When I click to open a web link in any Thunderbird email it will open Firefox but it stays on the current Thunderbird window. I have to manually click the FF on the task bar to switch and view it. Maybe it's a focus issue....not sure what focus really means. It also seems to do the same with other programs too.

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Debian Multimedia :: Dual Monitor Setup - Two Identical Outputs

Sep 2, 2015

Just installed Debian 8, coming from Ubuntu12, it seems I cannot get my dual monitors to work as it should.

I want two monitors side by side, currently I have two identical outputs. I looked around a bit and register two possible problems.

root@bigcem101-debian:/home/bigcem101# xrandr
xrandr: Failed to get size of gamma for output default
Screen 0: minimum 640 x 400, current 1024 x 768, maximum 1024 x 768
default connected primary 1024x768+0+0 0mm x 0mm

1024x768 0.00*
800x600 0.00
640x480 0.00
720x400 0.00

Hence, problem 1: it is as if there is only one monitor detected. Then I tried to look for Xorg.conf ..... and: problem 2 xorg.conf is not there. This seems to be normal but when I installed my Ubuntu years ago it was still there and one could manually set things. There must be something new I am missing.

VGA compatible controller: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI] RV670 [Radeon HD 3690/3850]

It seems I have both ati and radeon installed.

root@bigcem101-debian:/home/bigcem101# X -configure
Fatal server error:
(EE) Server is already active for display 0

I am clueless.

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General :: When Switch Buttons In Synaptics Touchpad - Tapping Gives A Right-click Menu

Jan 23, 2010

I work on a laptop and typically have a USB mouse plugged in. Each time I start an X session, I switch my mouse buttons with an: Quote:

xmodmap -e "pointer = 3 2 1"

If I decide to unplug the mouse and work with the touchpad, I must always reverse the options again to pointer = 1 2 3, or else, while the right and the left button still work as a left-handed mouse, tapping, instead of acting like a left-click, gives a right-click menu. My touchpad is listed as:

'ImPS/2 Synaptics TouchPad'
using the evdev driver.

I admit that I haven't played much with alternate xmodmap configurations, but I'd like to sort this out. It's even more confusing since I don't have a xorg.conf and, if I manually add one, despite having tried repeatedly, I can't make X-server to read it.

The relevant part of lshal output: Quote:

udi = '/org/freedesktop/Hal/devices/platform_i8042_i8042_AUX3_port_logicaldev_input'
info.capabilities = {'input', 'input.mouse'} (string list)
info.category = 'input' (string)
info.parent = '/org/freedesktop/Hal/devices/platform_i8042_i8042_AUX3_port' (string)
info.product = 'ImPS/2 Synaptics TouchPad' (string)
info.subsystem = 'input' (string)
info.udi = '/org/freedesktop/Hal/devices/platform_i8042_i8042_AUX3_port_logicaldev_input' (string)

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General :: Su -c "yum Remove Alsa-plugins-pulseaudio Pulseaudio" - Distribution With No Pulseaudio?

May 22, 2011

I've had nothing but trouble with Pulseaudio in Fedora 14. I had managed to get rid of it in Fedora 10 with the command: su -c "yum remove alsa-plugins-pulseaudio pulseaudio" I just don't want to have to deal with Pulseaudio anymore. It does not like my sound card and gets in the way. Is there a Linux distribution that does not use Pulseaudio ?

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Apr 29, 2010

I try to configure mouse click interval since a single click is recognized as double click by doing it from KDE mouse configuration in system settings; but my attempt doesn't work even (I set the click interval to 2 sec, but doesn't change anything). What is the best way to do this in slackware?

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Ubuntu Multimedia :: HOW TO MPD With PulseAudio Independent On X

Feb 7, 2010

This tutorial is meant for Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala, but it might work in earlier or later versions as well. I wrote this tutorial mostly because it took me a full day of work using lots of help from people on #mpd and #pulseaudio from the FreeNode IRC server.The goal is to get the MPD daemon working using PulseAudio, but without it being dependent on the X server or a session. To do that we must configure PulseAudio to run in system-wide daemon mode (which is not recommended by the developers, but in this case we do not have a choice). This means it will be using the /etc/pulse/system.pa config file instead of the usual /etc/pulse/default.pa. We must also make sure the appropriate user/group permissions are set, or PulseAudio will be rejecting the connections.The result will be an interrupt-less music environment, not dependent on the X server. Meaning we can for example log out and log in without the music having to stop for even a second. Switching TTYs (Ctrl+Alt+Fx) will also keep the music playing (not possible by default). All that and PulseAudio will still be able to detect and configure all your devices automatically.

Instructions: Make sure you add your username to the following system groups: pulse, pulse-access and audio.Do that by going to System --> Administration --> Users and Groups.Click the unlock button (the one with a picture of some keys), then click Manage Groups. In the list of groups that pops up, for each of the previously mentioned groups click "Properties" and select all the users that you want to have this functionality.

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Ubuntu Multimedia :: No Sound From Pulseaudio?

Jun 7, 2011

I seem to be having a problem with my sound. Every time I start my computer, I hear the sound played at the login screen and the sound played when I login. Right then, every time, the sound cracks up and stops before it finishes. Running "ubuntu-bug audio" shows that ALSA works fine but pulseaudio does not. For reference, "pacmd list" says that there are 0 sinks, 0 sources and 0 caches.

Edit: Solved by a really stupid mistake: loose 3.5mm audio cable. Don't do that. your sound and you're on a desktop computer, go, right now, and check to make sure that you haven't made the same mistake as me.

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Ubuntu Multimedia :: PulseAudio - Specifying Particular Sink Or Source?

Jan 13, 2010

Using the Pulse Audio manager does anyone know if it is possible to specify a particular sink or source to be used by a named program? I am assuming it will not be the same as the default.

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Ubuntu Multimedia :: Pulseaudio Eats Up 100% And Needs To Be Restarted

Jan 27, 2010

I'm on 9.10 and I use huludesktop often to watch my Hulu queue. Every once in a while (and more so lately) the video freeze and the sound stutters. I then find that pulseaudio is taking 100% of a CPU (I have a quad core AMD 64bit machine). Killing pulseaudio causes huludesktop to continue without sound and a new pulseaudio starts up. I have to kill huludesktop and resume playback and then everything's OK, until it happens again.

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Ubuntu Multimedia :: 9.10 - Sound Device Using PulseAudio?

Mar 13, 2010

I installed "Theocracy" on my 9.10 Karmic system. The installer asks for a sound device, dev/dsp is the default and I didn't change it. When I now try to start the game, I get the following error:
Unable to open sound device: Device or resource busy
Execution of /usr/games/theocracy_base/theocracy.real failed!
What is the sound device when using PulseAudio on Karmic?

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Apr 23, 2010

I need to upgrade Pulseaudio to a version better than 0.9.14 (i.e. at least 0.9.15) in order to get the Pulseaudio plugin in Blueman to work, but despite following these instructions to add the PPA it will not be upgraded!

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May 2, 2010

Why do this? Two reasons:

1) Many of us use JACK for low-latency audio work, but it's annoying to have to turn it on or off to have to allow regular Ubuntu applications to work. It's even more annoying that both can't normally work together -- either JACK or PulseAudio must take control of the sound control. This method allow JACK to do, and PulseAudio just routes to JACK.

2) JACK is kinda super awesome. By routing PulseAudio through it, your regular Ubuntu sound application suddenly get super powers. Pretty easy to do! (Well, we count our blessings in Linux...)

1. DYNAMICALLY You need the PulseAudio utilities and JACK sink:

sudo aptitude install pulseaudio-utils pulseaudio-module-jack And then run this to get PulseAudio connected to JACK: Code:pactl load-module module-jack-sink pactl load-module module-jack-source Now, go to Ubuntu's sound preferences, and you'll see "Jack sink" in the output tab. If you use JACK Control, you can create a script for the above and have it set up in "Execute script after Startup". Then, PulseAudio will automatically load the JACK sink when you start JACK.

2. BY DEFAULT Edit /etc/pulse/default.pa, and add these lines:

Code:load-module module-jack-source load-module module-jack-sink You can test it without rebooting by restarting PulseAudio. In Ubuntu, PulseAudio is started in the user session, not as a system daemon. To restart it:

pulseaudio --kill
pulseaudio --start

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Ubuntu Multimedia :: PulseAudio: Specify LFE Crossover Frequency?

Jun 19, 2010

So, the only way to have bass is to use PulseAudio and edit daemon.conf to enable-lfe-remixing? Well, damn, but alright. how do I fine-tune low frequency reproduction (since my satellites can't handle anything below 150Hz)?

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Jun 19, 2010

So there's just one DVD (Narnia) that won't play on my Ubuntu machine using Totem: other DVDs play (I've installed libdvdread4 and libdvdcss2 like a good boy) and non-pulseaudio players like VLC play it properly. If I completely remove and kill pulseaudio, it plays in totem fine. It gets to the language selection screen and I select English, but as soon as any sound is involved it doesn't play. Clicking Go --> DVD menu causes Totem to hang. I don't want to be uninstalling pulseaudio, and VLC player is a bit complex for the mother.

The output of totem:
marcus@margit-laptop:~$ totem
libdvdread: Using libdvdcss version 1.2.10 for DVD access
libdvdnav: Using dvdnav version 4.1.3
libdvdread: Using libdvdcss version 1.2.10 for DVD access
libdvdnav: DVD Title:
libdvdnav: DVD Serial Number: 43D1F9FE (GEAR):
libdvdnav: DVD Title (Alternative):
libdvdnav: Unable to find map file '/home/marcus/.dvdnav/.map' .....

Note that before the last line, Totem does absolutely nothing. It just sits their. Like it's trying to devour my soul or something.

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Sep 26, 2010

Just upgraded to Lucid (32bit), pulse generally seems to work ok: I get sound out, I can see various apps connecting via the Sound Preferences dialog (audacious, flash via alsa interface, etc.), and my mic seems to work fine too.

However, when starting skype (v2.1.0.81 which defaults to pulseaudio if it's running), it isn't able to output any sound and I never see a connection appear in Sound Preferences. Don't really want to force it to use Alsa or anything like that; I'd be fine with pulse if it would just work.

I've tried installing the .deb from the skype site as well as the official ubuntu package, with the same result. Any idea why pulse seems to be working, but skype can't seem to use it properly?

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Nov 14, 2010

Has anyone managed to stream sound from there computer using pulseaudio and rygel ?

I have rygel installed and that works when i run rygel it appears on the ps3.

I also have pulseaudio with dlna enabled and can select it as an output in the sound preferences.

However pulseaudio does not seem to register its stream with rygel, and i am unsure why my only thought is that the versions are wrong as i noticed rygel has recently change its dbus path.

If anyone else wishs to attempt this installing rygel will make the dlna option tickable in pulse audio device chooser applet then you just need to figure out the part i cannot.

I would love to get this working as my ps3 is plugged into an amp it would mean i can send the music i am playing on my laptop to the amp with out plugging the laptop in with a cable.

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Ubuntu Multimedia :: Gnome - PulseAudio Applet For KDE

Nov 15, 2010

I've found this very useful for gnome
[URL] but I was wondering whether it exists the equivalent for KDE; as of today I use this workaround: I've created a file called

HTML Code:
with this content into my
HTML Code:

[Desktop Entry]
Exec[$e]=sleep 30; ksystraycmd pavucontrol
Name=PulseAudio Volume Control
Name[en_US]=PulseAudio Volume Control

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