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    Default [Xfce] Replace ALSA with PulseAudio

    Hi guys.

    What i'd like to know is how to properly replace alsa with pulseaudio on my Xfce install of openSUSE 13.1. What I'd like to know is exactly what packages to install and uninstall.

    (I'm asking because I'd love to have PA's ability to charge the volume more than 100%).

    Thanks and regards,

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    Default Re: [Xfce] Replace ALSA with PulseAudio

    Quote Originally Posted by holden87 View Post
    What i'd like to know is how to properly replace alsa with pulseaudio on my Xfce install of openSUSE 13.1. What I'd like to know is exactly what packages to install and uninstall.
    Install the package "pulseaudio", this should pull in all necessary stuff.

    Then enable PulseAudio in YaST->Hardware->Sound->Other->PulseAudio Configuration.

    Btw, PulseAudio doesn't _replace_ ALSA, it is actually using ALSA to produce sound...
    It blocks ALSA for other programs though. So other applications cannot use it any more, you should install alsa-plugins-pulse (I think this should get pulled in automatically, but I'm not sure) to re-reroute applications using ALSA to PulseAudio instead.
    Last edited by wolfi323; 02-Jul-2014 at 11:28.

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    Default Re: [Xfce] Replace ALSA with PulseAudio

    Hey wolfi.

    Thanks again for being a lifesaver. I've done as you proposed, and it works, except i can't find the option to turn the volume up more than a 100% in my volume mixer anywhere. Do i have to have anything installed additionally? Thanks!

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    Default Re: [Xfce] Replace ALSA with PulseAudio

    Update:

    Seems i can't edit the post, so i'm writing a new one.

    So, for my problem, what i'd like is the xfce4-mixer to open pavucontrol when i open it. How could i achieve this? Is there any pavucontrol plugin for the xfce panel?

    Thanks.

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    Default Re: [Xfce] Replace ALSA with PulseAudio

    Quote Originally Posted by holden87 View Post
    Seems i can't edit the post, so i'm writing a new one.
    You can only edit a post for 10 minutes after you posted it.

    So, for my problem, what i'd like is the xfce4-mixer to open pavucontrol when i open it. How could i achieve this? Is there any pavucontrol plugin for the xfce panel?
    I don't know, I'm not using XFCE (and not even PulseAudio for that matter).
    But I doubt that is possible.
    You could maybe create some keyboard shortcut to launch pavucontrol or similar.

    Perhaps this will help?
    http://forums.debian.net/viewtopic.php?f=16&t=74762

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    Default Re: [Xfce] Replace ALSA with PulseAudio

    I use veromix in KDE. Don't know if that widget works in Xfce. Probably not

    A shortcut may be that thing for pavucontrol

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    Quote Originally Posted by gogalthorp View Post
    I use veromix in KDE. Don't know if that widget works in Xfce. Probably not
    No, that's a KDE plasmoid.

    You could run plasma-desktop in XFCE, but I guess that's not really what the OP would want.
    Would make more sense to just switch to KDE completely in that case.

    You could run it via plasma-windowed though, that would just show that one plasmoid in a window. But it wouldn't be very integrated into XFCE.

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    Default Re: [Xfce] Replace ALSA with PulseAudio

    It seems installing pnmixer from software.opensuse.org should settle it.

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