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    How to remove PulseAudio and fix sound with ALSA and ESound

    it works on Ubuntu 8.04 and it is likely to work on 8.10 and 9.04


    coldReactive delivered howto
    http://coldreactive.tumblr.com/post/...install-esound

    and I gave it a try.

    I installed Ubuntu 8.04 on the old box
    and updated it:

    sudo apt-get update

    sudo apt-get upgrade

    Reboot the system.


    Purge PulseAudio

    Since PulseAudio deserves a special treatment, I removed it following this howto:
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/OpenSound


    sudo killall pulseaudio

    cp /etc/X11/Xsession.d/70pulseaudio ~/

    sudo apt-get purge pulseaudio


    NOTE 1: The file /etc/X11/Xsession.d/70pulseaudio does not exist on Ubuntu 8.04 (nothing to copy)

    NOTE 2: Removing of the package ubuntu-desktop* does not make any harm. It is a dummy package.


    Install the Enlightenment Sound Daemon (ESD)

    sudo apt-get install -y esound esound-clients esound-common libesd-alsa0


    System -> Preferences -> Sessions -> Startup Programs

    uncheck PulseAudio and something else (which you do not need)

    Reboot

    System -> Preferences -> Sound

    and select what you need


    Then you can install your multimedia apps
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=766683

    Audacity works (playback and recording).
    VLC works.
    Skype works too.


    I have not tested everything yet.

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    Re: How to remove PulseAudio and fix sound with ALSA and ESound

    I would really like to know whether this works on 9.04 before I do it. Is there anybody who is braver than I am who will step up to the plate and follow igorzwx's instructioins and then report what happened?

    Does the update and upgrade mean that you were using 9.04?
    Last edited by demarshall; August 3rd, 2009 at 09:47 PM. Reason: Noticed something else in the previous message

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    Re: How to remove PulseAudio and fix sound with ALSA and ESound

    Just so that you're aware, I have posted a thread about this in the tutorials & tips forum, but since that forum is under moderation, we may never see that thread.

    To the thread opener, just because apps work for you, doesn't mean they'll work for everybody.

    Also, don't give them a tutorial or information about OpenSound, when the default is ALSA for Ubuntu.
    Last edited by coldReactive; August 3rd, 2009 at 09:52 PM.

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    Re: How to remove PulseAudio and fix sound with ALSA and ESound

    "To the thread opener, just because apps work for you, doesn't mean they'll work for everybody."

    You are absolutely right!
    That is why I published it here.
    Everyone can re-use it, or re-publish how he want.

    By the way, many thanks for your tutorial.

    It should work for Ubuntu 9.04.
    And, if it does not work, it is easy to roll back:
    deinstall ESound and install PulseAudio.

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    Re: How to remove PulseAudio and fix sound with ALSA and ESound

    "Does the update and upgrade mean that you were using 9.04?"

    NOT!!!

    sudo apt-get upgrade

    would not upgrade your distro.
    it would upgrade apps inside the distro you have.

    To upgrade distro, you have to apply another command

    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/AptGet/Howto
    QUOTE:
    Maintenance commands


    • apt-get update Run this command after changing /etc/apt/sources.list or /etc/apt/preferences . For information regarding /etc/apt/preferences, see PinningHowto. Run this command periodically to make sure your source list is up-to-date. This is the equivalent of "Reload" in Synaptic or "Fetch updates" in Adept.
    • apt-get upgrade This command upgrades all installed packages. This is the equivalent of "Mark all upgrades" in Synaptic.
    • apt-get dist-upgrade This command upgrades the entire system to a newer release. The same as the above, except add the "smart upgrade" checkbox. It tells APT to use "smart" conflict resolution system, and it will attempt to upgrade the most important packages at the expense of less important ones if necessary. BR attachment:IconsPage/warning.png This is not the recommended way to perform a distribution upgrade. See [http://www.ubuntu.com/getubuntu/upgrading upgrading] for more information.

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    Re: How to remove PulseAudio and fix sound with ALSA and ESound

    I followed igorzwx's directions to change from Pulse Audio to ESound and it's working fine. Now my only problem is getting my old Logitech webcam working again.

    After doing this, I found that Apt wanted to remove many files and then my Gnome apps wouldn't work anymore. I reinstalled Gnome with Synaptic and that problem was fixed. I just realized that sound won't work in YouTube videos any longer. Do I have to reinstall Flash? That's my first thought. Anybody else having any problems?
    Last edited by demarshall; August 9th, 2009 at 01:49 AM.

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    Re: How to remove PulseAudio and fix sound with ALSA and ESound

    Please, can anyone tell me the steps to get the video in YouTube working again. Is it necessary to uninstall Flash and reinstall it?

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    Re: How to remove PulseAudio and fix sound with ALSA and ESound

    Quote Originally Posted by demarshall View Post
    Please, can anyone tell me the steps to get the video in YouTube working again. Is it necessary to uninstall Flash and reinstall it?
    Don't hijack threads.

    Do you have flashplugin-nonfree installed, or one of those other swf players such as gnash/swfdec?

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    Re: How to remove PulseAudio and fix sound with ALSA and ESound

    I wasn't meaning to hijack the thread. My message was related to the change of sound system.

    I have Adobe's Flash installed and it was working fine before I changed my sound system.

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    Re: How to remove PulseAudio and fix sound with ALSA and ESound

    I have now done a reinstall of Flash in Synaptic and I still get no sound in Firefox.

    Does anybody have any ideas as to how to get audio working in Firefox again after changing from Pulse to ESound?

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