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    Need help in PACMD PulseAudio CommandLine

    Remember when Ubuntu used to come with pavucontrol and it allowed you to change the built-in audio profile between Analog Stereo Duplex and Analog Stereo Output? Yeah, that was a really cool feature that allowed users to have audio coming out of their speakers be routed as input for their microphones.

    Anyway, I have another distro that refuses to run pavucontrol, due to dependency s****.
    So, I ask you, my Linux brethren, how does one go about changing the card profile between Analog Stereo Output/Duplex in terminal using pacmd?

    Here is my output from pacmd list-cards
    sheep@sheep-HP:~$ pacmd list-cards
    Welcome to PulseAudio! Use "help" for usage information.
    >>> 1 card(s) available.
        index: 0
        name: <alsa_card.pci-0000_00_1b.0>
        driver: <module-alsa-card.c>
        owner module: 4
            alsa.card = "0"
            alsa.card_name = "HDA Intel"
            alsa.long_card_name = "HDA Intel at 0xdc800000 irq 50"
            alsa.driver_name = "snd_hda_intel"
            device.bus_path = "pci-0000:00:1b.0"
            sysfs.path = "/devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:1b.0/sound/card0"
            device.bus = "pci"
   = "8086"
   = "Intel Corporation"
   = "82801I (ICH9 Family) HD Audio Controller"
            device.form_factor = "internal"
            device.string = "0"
            device.description = "Built-in Audio"
            module-udev-detect.discovered = "1"
            device.icon_name = "audio-card-pci"
            output:analog-stereo: Analog Stereo Output (priority 6000)
            output:analog-stereo+input:analog-stereo: Analog Stereo Duplex (priority 6060)
            output:hdmi-stereo: Digital Stereo (HDMI) Output (priority 5400)
            output:hdmi-stereo+input:analog-stereo: Digital Stereo (HDMI) Output + Analog Stereo Input (priority 5460)
            output:hdmi-surround: Digital Surround 5.1 (HDMI) Output (priority 300)
            output:hdmi-surround+input:analog-stereo: Digital Surround 5.1 (HDMI) Output + Analog Stereo Input (priority 360)
            input:analog-stereo: Analog Stereo Input (priority 60)
            off: Off (priority 0)
        active profile: <output:analog-stereo+input:analog-stereo>
            alsa_output.pci-0000_00_1b.0.analog-stereo/#0: Built-in Audio Analog Stereo
            alsa_output.pci-0000_00_1b.0.analog-stereo.monitor/#0: Monitor of Built-in Audio Analog Stereo
            alsa_input.pci-0000_00_1b.0.analog-stereo/#1: Built-in Audio Analog Stereo
            analog-output-speaker: Speakers (priority 10000, available: unknown)
            analog-output-headphones: Headphones (priority 9000, available: unknown)
            analog-input-microphone-internal: Internal Microphone (priority 8900, available: no)
            analog-input-microphone: Microphone (priority 8700, available: yes)
            analog-input-linein: Line In (priority 8100, available: unknown)
            hdmi-output-0: HDMI / DisplayPort (priority 5900, available: no)
    >>> sheep@sheep-HP:~$
    So I tried setting the card profile for the Analog Output Duplex, and got this:
    sheep@sheep-HP:~$ pacmd set-card-profile analog-stereo+input
    Welcome to PulseAudio! Use "help" for usage information.
    >>> You need to specify a profile by its name.
    >>> sheep@sheep-HP:~$
    I guess I'm not specifying the profile name correctly? I tried loading the module with pacmd load-module analog-stereo+input and it told me module failed to load...

    There is a list of commands at

    Any help would be much appreciated!
    Last edited by XsheepX; September 19th, 2012 at 12:00 AM.

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