View Full Version : [SOLVED] How to remove pulseaudio on 10.4?

June 1st, 2010, 05:29 PM

I am running ubuntu 10.4 as a vmware guest and everything is running fine except for pulseaudio starting to hog all available resources every few minutes.
I actually don't need sound at all for this guest, so that I tried uninstalling pulseaudio. However, that comes up with the warning that it will also remove ubuntu-desktop, which I assume will render gnome unusable?

Even disabling all sound devices and muting any remaining sound settings still causes pulseaudio to take up all the resources.

Is there a way to remove pulseaudio or at least disable it so that it will no longer restart automatically?

I tried
chmod -x /usr/bin/pulseaudio
but then indicator-sound and indicator-apple processes appear and they also start taking up a lot of cpu resources.

Any help getting rid of pulseaudio or to remove sound completely would be appreciated.

June 1st, 2010, 05:54 PM
try to follow the instructions on this site and see if they work


June 1st, 2010, 06:00 PM
Thank you.

I just made a copy of the VM and gave

sudo apt-get purge pulseaudio

a try, which actually worked out.
Gnome is still running without a problem and sound has been globally disabled.
So far the system is finally running smooth without any spikes in the resource usage.