Pulse audio remove, use alsa! 4


I don’t know about you but I’m a little narked at Ubuntu forcing the PulseAudio issue. It sucks; big sweaty nut sacks worth of sucks!

I’ve seen a whole bunch of threads saying “don’t remove it, it’ll destroy your soul and rape your nasal passages” but that’s a load of tosh. I’ve removed it on Ubuntu 9.04, 9.10 and Mint Linux Gloria (8) without any issues. Actually, by removing it and going back to ALSA I now have a working sound in Skype, Urban Terror and WormUx where as I never did before.

Here’s what you do:

Fire up Synaptic
Quick Search for Pulse
Remove PulseAudio, it’ll remove a ton of dependencies
Quick Search for Alsa
Install gnome-alsamixer and alsa-oss

Click apply. Reboot your PC and it should still start up with sound. Skype will need to be reconfigured to use ALSA but the games will automatically have audio again.


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4 thoughts on “Pulse audio remove, use alsa!

  • geekphreek Post author

    Can you get me the output from ‘lspci’ and I’ll see what I can help you with?

    It’s really dependent on which make and model of sound card you have and whether the kernel drivers are any good for it. I’ve managed to get sound working on nearly all PCs and laptops with some messing around.

  • Flo

    can actually push Mumble to sub-20ms if we alter the frisameze and disable all preprocessing (hereunder echo cancellation and noise suppression). But doing so creates a Mumble that is incompatible with any other Mumble out there. Since all such ultra-low-latency approaches requires exclusive access to the soundcard, they are useless for the regular use Mumble is designed for If there’s anything in particular I want people to take away from this, it’s that in most cases, the latency of the OS mixer has more impact on your audio latency than the latency of your network link.

  • Graciela

    Have you ticked the “play notes” btoutn in the pattern-editor toolbar?I know that there is quite a bit of latency here. This is partially due to the push-based architecture (especially notable when having long generator->effect->master chains).