How do I get sound in GNOME without pulseaudio

Aaron Konstam akonstam at
Tue Aug 18 21:33:30 UTC 2009

On Tue, 2009-08-18 at 23:59 +0930, Tim wrote:
> On Tue, 2009-08-18 at 08:31 -0500, Aaron Konstam wrote:
> > It's my experiennce that removing alsa-plugind-pulseaudio disables
> > pulseaudio and you are back to just alsa. Running alsamixer leads me
> > to that conclusion.
> Do you mean that alsamixer says something about how it's running, or
> that playing with the mixer levels in alsamixer leads you to that
> conclusion?
> Alsamixer just plays with the mixer controls, turning up/down PCM, CD,
> or other audio signals, still works even when pulseaudio is on your
> system.  You're just adjusting the signals part way through the chain.
Because if you run alsamixer when pulseaudio is running you get only one
column whose volume you can manipulate (that is the Master) and the
display says puylseaudio is running.

If you remove alsa-plugins-pulseaudio and run alsmixewr you get a very
different display where the levels of each sound source can be
manipulated (CD. PCM, etc). It is clear that pulseaudio is not
effectively running.
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