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Re: Sound problems (mpd, mpv mainly)

On 04/01/2017 05:41 AM, Sharon Kimble wrote:
Ric Moore <wayward4now@xxxxxxxxx> writes:

On 03/31/2017 02:56 PM, Sharon Kimble wrote:

How can I get sound continuously with mpd and mpv without the card being
seemingly dropped please?

Are you using pulseaudio and have you installed pavucontrol?? Run alsamixer, make sure your
soundcard is not muted and the sound level up to 80% or better. What are you using to provide
speakers? Switched on/plugged in?? Desktop or Laptop? Speakers external (powered or not powered) or
internal? Unless you have some speaker-out/audio-out issue, where it doesn't sense/switch correctly
when you have only one audio jack. you >should< have audio. If we can't get it fixed, get a USB
sound device. But, let's try to fix first. Ric

Thanks for replying Ric.

And thank you, thank you, thank you! I hadn't got 'pavucontrol'
installed, soon remedied, but I've now got sound back through it!

I'd always thought that I was using ALSA, but apparently not. But
'pavucontrol' is the missing link in my sound setup.

But to answer your general questions, *all* sound goes through my
headphones, and its a desktop machine, even though the machine is
actually sitting under my desk :). And the only speakers are my

Great! The deal is that pulse sits on top of alsa. If alsa not workie, pulse is dead in the water. So, as a general rule, use alsamixer first to see if something is muted. If so, unmute it and set sound to about 80%. THEN use pavucontrol to finish your sound setup. That was all you needed. What blows my mind is why this happens so frequently and pavucontrol is not a "depend" on pulseaudio. Your problem occurs frequently without pavucontrol being automagically installed to use. Glad to be of assistance! Ric

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