Ubuntu 8.10 sound issues solved

I don’t listen to flash videos or Youtube stuff much on my desktop, but ever since I upgraded from Ubuntu 8.4 to 8.10, I haven’t had good luck with the sound. Occasionally, I could get sound to work for a little bit by killing pulseaudio and starting it again, but that didn’t always work (and never did for Youtube videos). Well, I had to listen to a video for work, so I decided to actually try to fix it instead of turning on my MacBook Pro. Turns out the fix was pretty easy once I found out what to do. It was simply to remove the offending pulseaudio and replace it with esound as described here. I also checked out the thread on the Ubuntu Forums where Mattias Hellborg Arthursson (the owner of the blog that posted the solution) found the solution. I confirmed that my settings were appropriate, and Voila! it works! Not only can I watch and listen to work related videos, as a bonus I can here the music in Lisa Loebn videos posted on Youtube as well! Basically the commands I used where:

:~$ sudo killall pulseaudio
:~$ sudo apt-get remove pulseaudio
:~$ sudo apt-get install esound esound-clients libao2
:~$ sudo rm /etc/X11/Xsession.d/70pulseaudio

That was it…. The other things posted in the Fourm were not necessary in my case.


  1. Amanda Kerik said,

    January 18, 2009 at 22:01:30

    Unfortunately, when I try the above, it asks me if I want to remove ubuntu-desktop.
    Uh… no.
    Sounds like it’s a requirement, much like that flippin Evolution.
    And I thought Ubuntu / Linux was about freedom and choice!

  2. ecorrado said,

    January 25, 2009 at 15:01:10

    Hmmmmm… I don’t remember it wanting to remove ubuntu-deskop for me, but maybe things have changed. You might not have to remove pulseaudio as long as you make sure it doesn’t start, but I didn’t try that.

  3. Brian said,

    February 14, 2009 at 21:02:59

    removing pulseaudio on ubuntu 8.10 shouldn’t be tied to the ubuntu-desktop. I just did it.
    Try to do a sudo apt-get update first and see if the dependency gets fixed.

  4. Hank Barnas said,

    April 19, 2009 at 02:04:03

    I installed ubuntu 8.10 and of course there was no sound. It’s very easy to correct, piece of cake.
    1. Double click on Speaker in the top right hand corner. Bring up the volume Control Alsa mixer window.
    2. Click Switches tab.
    3. At External Amplifier, unclick checked box, that is remove check mark.
    4. Run Hardware testing to check audio. Click System tab, then Administration> Hardware testing.
    Forget all that other stuff about messing with pulseaudio, running aplications etc.