Kubuntu 9.04 and pulse audio
As you can read in my previous post, less than a week ago I installed Kubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty Jackalope) on my desktop box. I have been converted. I’m sticking to it. Especially since I solved the Sound Problem.
I Googled around a lot, followed the instructions on many forums, blogs and howto’s, but with zero result. PulseAudio remained utterly silent. One howto however (I don’t remember which one) got me on the right track by telling me to install PulseAudio Device Chooser:
# sudo apt-get install padevchooser
I started it, but none of the options made sense to me. The three options at the top of the menu, Default Server, Default Sink and Default Source, only contained Default and Other, and I couldn’t figure out what to choose. And what the hell was a Sink?
But the above command had also installed something called SoundServer Preferences, which I, quite desperately, started up, to click around in for a bit. As it happened, I turned on everything. I clicked every check box I could find in any of the three tabs.
Then I started PulseAudio Device Chooser again, and suddenly Default Server, Default Sink and Default Source contained useful stuff like my sound cards and the host name of my computer. So I selected what appeared appropriate and Everything Worked!
Even better, since the slightly older but still very nice sound card in my desktop computer, which is also connected to an input jack at the back of the analogue audio equipment in my living room, is now available over the local network, I can use it directly from my laptop, which also has PulseAudio installed and has the aforementioned sound card as its default sink. Because a Sink, as it appeared, is what the sound is directed to, like a sound card.