[pulseaudio-discuss] PulseAudio Painfully Slow

Benny de von Ausfern benny4556 at gmail.com
Sun Jul 13 11:04:14 PDT 2014

So yes, I tried to install pulseaudio again, for the 99th time. No, it did
not work "out-of-the-box", pulseaudio does not work out of the box for any
of my devices, not for the past 4 years. No, its not simpler than ALSA, I
have to crawl everywhere to tell it to stop being intrusive (who said that
I want it to reset my mixer volumes every single time I plug in/out my

So before ranting all against pulseaudio again, I decided to come here and
let you guys perhaps point out if I've done anything wrong. Performance is
the name of the game here.

I cannot, for instance, play games and listen to music at the same time.
Pulseaudio eats so much resource trying to resample everything that even if
I set the graphics resolution of a 2008 game to its minimum, run it
windowed in 720 (rather than my 1080) the game is still only marginally
playable. Add skype voicechat together with that and the game is simply
unplayable. I've tested with 5 different games (FEZ, Trine 2, Left 4 Dead
2, Brutal Legend, Dungeons & Dragons Online - on Wine), they are all
unplayable (some run ok if its only music + game, but none with skype +
game or skype + game + music). I've tried different resample methods, but
even "resample-method = trivial", the FPS drop is so considerable that its
hard/unpleasant/impossible to play these games regardless of what I do
(except for FEZ, that one works. Guess why....)

So what now? Purge pulseaudio again?
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