Fix for ALSA API Applications

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. Quit. Reboot.

Source from here

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5 Responses

  1. Vistaus says:

    Nice fix man, but /etc/asound.conf doesn’t exist here :S

  2. TriMeow says:

    I can’t find the file you said ,where is it man?

  3. Dusten says:

    @Vistaus Create it.

  4. nosarembo says:

    And remember kids, if your sound drops out completely, this command is your friend:

    sudo alsa force-reload

  5. shatner says:

    does this have side effects or is it safe to do in a… prophylactic way? 😀

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