[pulseaudio-discuss] ALSA with Pulseaudio in Debian Etch

Alex Malinovich demonbane at the-love-shack.net
Wed Feb 14 23:37:59 PST 2007

On Thu, 2007-02-15 at 01:41 -0500, Paul Jones wrote:
> My problem is that after installing and starting Pulseaudio I cannot
> run any ALSA applications. When I go to "Gstreamer Properties" and
> select ALSA it doesn't work, but ALSA does work when I am not running
> Pulseaudio. 
> However, when I try the configuration file from the Gentoo Linux ALSA
> Wiki for Pulseaudio as my /etc/pulse/default.pa, then everything
> works. I can use ALSA with Pulseaudio. This is because the Gentoo
> configuration files sets the default ALSA device as "dmix"   This is
> obviously unnecessary if you're using Pulseaudio. I don't want to take
> the performance hit of using dmix with Pulseaudio because I want the
> speed. 

It sounds to me like your virtual pulse device isn't working. Have you
checked which version of ALSA you have installed? The pulse plugin for
ALSA was added in 1.0.12. You can do an 'apt-cache policy alsa-base' to
see what version of ALSA you have installed.

If you do have .12 or newer, then something isn't working right with the
plugin. If you're using the asoundrc listed in the wiki, try 'aplay -D
pulse /usr/share/sounds/startup3.wav' and see what you get. (aplay is
part of the alsa-utils package, and the startup3.wav is in gnome-audio.
If you don't have gnome-audio installed just use some other wav you have

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