[pulseaudio-discuss] Loss of Sound

mycomp at tutanota.com mycomp at tutanota.com
Mon Sep 18 09:37:46 UTC 2017

Can anyone please help with the following problem ?

The sound on a desktop PC running Debian Jessie has stopped working - no
sound from any websites (e.g. BBC or YouTube) and trying to play a
standard sound file I have saved which is used to test the sound with
vlc gives:

Audio output failed:
The audio device "default" could not be used:
Device or resource busy.

and in the terminal window it says:

VLC media player 2.2.6 Umbrella (revision 2.2.6-0-g1aae78981c)
[00000000013f0608] pulse audio output error: PulseAudio server
connection failure: Connection refused
[0000000001318118] core libvlc: Running vlc with the default interface.
Use 'cvlc' to use vlc without interface.
[00000000013f0608] alsa audio output error: cannot open ALSA device
"default": Device or resource busy
[00000000013f0608] core audio output error: module not functional
[00007fc2a8c02b08] core decoder error: failed to create audio output

The sound was then suddenly regained.

The sound has now been suddenly lost again.

Loose wiring is not suspected.

The only file in /etc/pulse is client.conf

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