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Re: heads up: timidity causes pulseaudio to not find sound cards

Eric S Fraga wrote:

> I recently did an 'apt update; apt upgrade' on my desktop which is
> running testing (aka buster).  Doing so led to my losing sound through
> any application that relies on pulseaudio, e.g. firefox.  I could still
> use console based tools (e.g. mocp) to listen to music but pulseaudio
> could not find my default built-in sound card, only the nvidia card
> which provides sound through HDMI.  Unfortunately, not having any audio
> device connected via HDMI, I could not hear anything.  I only have
> speakers connected through the headphone jack.  (old skool)
> Purging timidity from my system fixed the problem.  I did this based on
> the advice from this web page:
> https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?id=154002
> although I am not entirely sure why this worked.  Halfway through the
> purging operation, sound came back without even having to reboot or
> restart any services.
> Just a heads up in case somebody else loses sound all of a sudden.

Hi this is known issue, but purging is really not necessary as you could set

in /etc/default/timidity