[pulseaudio-discuss] ALSA with Pulseaudio in Debian Etch

Sjoerd Simons sjoerd at spring.luon.net
Thu Feb 15 03:38:09 PST 2007

On Wed, Feb 14, 2007 at 11:37:59PM -0800, Alex Malinovich wrote:
> On Thu, 2007-02-15 at 01:41 -0500, Paul Jones wrote:
> --snip--
> > 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. 
> --snip--
> > 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.

Also note that the actual pulse alsa plugin is in the libasound2-plugins
package. (It's recommended by the pulseaudio package, so most package manager
will install it for you automagically, but still worth a check)

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