Back to ALSA in Debian 8.0 (jessie)

After few times of upgrade and downgrade of distribution lately, the system lost sound. Reinstallation of pulseaudio package didn’t work out. What would I do? Instead troublshooting pulseaudio, I decided to use ALSA. I barely any help from the official Debian Wiki nowadays. How many users can understand Debian Wiki’s ALSA ( guide?


$ sudo killall pulseaudio

Remove all pulseaudio packages:
$ sudo apt-get purge pulseaudio pulseaudio-utils gstreamer0.10-pulseaudio libpulse-browse0 paman pavumeter pavucontrol

$ sudo mv /etc/asound.conf /etc/asound.conf.bak

Delete the pulseaudio directories from the user’s home:

$ rm ~/.pulse-cookie $ rm -r ~/.pulse

Install ALSA packages

$ sudo apt-get install alsa-base alsa-tools alsa-tools-gui alsa-utils alsa-oss alsamixergui libalsaplayer0

Check the sound by running multimedia player such as vlc. Playing flash video on Google Chrome had no sound. I followed the instruction here ( to fix it.

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