Fix for ALSA API Apps in Ubuntu

A lot of people seem to be experiencing issues with ALSA apps (like Flash) on PulseAudio-enabled systems. Common issues include programs locking/"hogging" the ALSA sound device (prevents other apps from mixing and using the audio device) and also apps trying to use the ALSA software mixer (dmix).
Here is a method to route ALSA apps directly through pulse:

gksu gedit /etc/asound.conf

Copy/paste these lines into the resulting file:

pcm.pulse { type pulse }
ctl.pulse { type pulse }
pcm.!default { type pulse }
ctl.!default { type pulse }

Save and exit the file.Finally Reboot your system.

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3 thoughts on “Fix for ALSA API Apps in Ubuntu

  1. Or fix it for the user:

    set up a .asoundrc file in your homedirectory:

    pcm.!default { type pulse }
    ctl.!default { type pulse }
    pcm.pulse { type pulse }
    ctl.pulse { type pulse }

    Cheers, Bart

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  2. Excellent & Thanks!

    I’ve noticed few days ago that myspace player was not really working anymore – it started to play and went mute after few seconds. And this fixed it for me.

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