big alsa problem

Linux for blind general discussion blinux-list at
Thu Jul 12 19:52:38 UTC 2018

pulseaudio is not and has never been a sound system.  Pulseaudio is a
sound system manager.  Without alsa or jack pulseaudio by itself will
not produce sound since it has no underlying sound system to manage.
Another possibility which is going away fast for sound systems is oss.
If pulseaudio is installed, I would do it and make sure all dependencies
for pulseaudio are also installed.  Then you'll need to do the
equivalent of unmute master in pulseaudio and set master to a percentile
and save that setting so it survives a reboot.

On Thu, 12 Jul 2018, Linux for blind general discussion wrote:

> Date: Thu, 12 Jul 2018 14:37:46
> From: Linux for blind general discussion <blinux-list at>
> To: blinux-list at
> Subject: Re: big alsa problem
> I would install pulseaudio.
> that fixed my audio problems in the past.
> pulse audio always worked better for me than alsa.
> I do not have the knowledge to give you a reasoned analysis, but that worked for me in the past.
> right now alsa is working for me, but that is recent and perhaps transient.
> --Brian Tew
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