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    Sound only in USB headset.

    After reading online that Alsa was a better sound quality than PulseAudio, I decided (Stupidly) to remove pulse and just run Alsa. I lost all my sound from every output.
    I then followed the sound troubleshooting guide on this forum and have my sound back on my USB headset

    To cut a long story short I then tried to re-install Pulse only to find that I have lost the ability to change the audio output to anywhere else except my headset....see attached screenshot, there are no entries in the sound control panel anymore.

    Please bear with me, I only installed Ubuntu 12.04 LTS less than 2 weeks ago
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    Re: I screwed up my sound, now only available in USB headset.

    Hi Fazer4463.

    Disconnect your handset and try restart pulseaudio by running these 2 commands one after the other:
    Code:
    pulseaudio -k
    
    pulseaudio -D
    Let us know how it goes.
    Regards.

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    Re: I screwed up my sound, now only available in USB headset.

    I tried your first command and got this result:-

    richard@ubuntu:~$ pulseaudio -k
    The program 'pulseaudio' is currently not installed. You can install it by typing:
    sudo apt-get install pulseaudio


    So I did:-
    richard@ubuntu:~$ sudo apt-get install pulseaudio

    and got this result:-
    E: Could not get lock /var/lib/dpkg/lock - open (11: Resource temporarily unavailable)
    E: Unable to lock the administration directory (/var/lib/dpkg/), is another process using it?

    the above means nothing at all to me

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    Re: Sound only in USB headset.

    Sorry, I think I misunderstood your concern. Those commands are to restart pulseaudio.

    I wouldn't know how to manage a system without it.

    May be you can install and try the alsa-tools-gui package:
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install alsa-tools-gui
    Just a thought.

    Regards.

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    Re: Sound only in USB headset.

    You were correct on the first assumption, I am trying to get pulseaudio back on my system but it won't let me, sorry for the misunderstanding

    ***EDIT*** I just retried the pulseaudio install and it has worked.......EXCELLENT !!! Thank You
    Last edited by Fazer4463; May 28th, 2013 at 04:43 PM.

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