View Full Version : [ubuntu] Sound is choppy since last update (12.04)

June 29th, 2012, 11:49 PM
This is a cross-post from askubuntu (http://askubuntu.com/questions/157554/choppy-stuttery-sped-up-sound-after-update), as my question seems to be getting very little attention.

My audio has always worked perfectly on this hardware and 12.04. Yesterday I received an update, including a kernel update. Today the sound is periodically stuffed. In youtube, mkv files via VLC and embedded audio in web pages (memrise.com) the sound can become stuttery, sped up or stopped mid play-back.

Edit: The behaviour is MKV files stutter every 10 seconds or so, youtube videos play about 10 seconds worth of video & audio in 1 second then play normally but slightly out of sync, embedded files in memrise.com are sometimes shortened (perhaps sped up?) to about a 10th of their normal duration.

Where can I go to find if this is a known problem, or report it if it is not? Also, can I find a log that will tell me what packages were updated on my machine yesterday?

June 30th, 2012, 12:36 AM
I have the exact same problem and everything was OK last week.

June 30th, 2012, 07:23 AM
Same here, also happens with mp3 and flac files in rhythmbox.

June 30th, 2012, 08:09 AM
mine has been fixed. I did an ubuntu update (Update Manager) and one of the update was a Google Chrome update, after re booting and trying Youtube and other streaming videos all worked OK.
It seems that Google have fixed the problem.

June 30th, 2012, 11:53 AM
Ah, I am happy for you. I got the Chrome update but the problem persists even after reboot.

July 1st, 2012, 01:20 AM
I think the sped up youtube and the sound problem were different. Youtube speeds are now normal, but the audio problem persists.

I have raised this as bug #1019693 (https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/pulseaudio/+bug/1019693).

July 1st, 2012, 11:48 AM
For those of you having problems with this, I suggest trying:

Turning off PulseAudio timer scheduling (https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Audio/PositionReporting) as a workaround
Going to this bug report (https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/alsa-driver/+bug/1008177) and clicking "this bug affects me too"

July 7th, 2012, 04:45 PM
For me it dissapeared disabling automute
alsamixer => disable auto mute

Found the solution in this video: