Xubuntu 13.10 Sound issues (skype distorted, microphone crackling, sound indicator disabled)

October 21, 2013

Again, after upgrade to Xubuntu 13.10 (64bit) I have faced few issues with sound. Luckily all those were possible to easily fix.

Credits go to original post authors.

Crackling microphone (in all application, most in Skype)

As described here, edit file

/etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base.conf

sudo mousepad /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base.conf

Add to the end of the file:

options snd-hda-intel position_fix=3

Note: Some suggest to add options snd-hda-intel position_fix=1

Skype – no sound o distorted sound

Distorted sound or no sound at all in Skype can be fixed by modifying file

/etc/pulse/default.pa

sudo mousepad /etc/pulse/default.pa

Find line with

load-module module-udev-detect

and change it to

load-module module-udev-detect tsched=0

This fix was found here.

Sound (volume) indicator disabled

This is known issue in Xubuntu 13.10 release.
Until it is fixed, you can use this.

Edit file

/usr/share/dbus-1/services/indicator-sound.service

sudo mousepad /usr/share/dbus-1/services/indicator-sound.service

comment line

#Exec=/usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/indicator-sound/indicator-sound-service

and add new line after it

Exec=/bin/sh -c 'if [ -n "$(ps -U $USER | grep xfce4-panel)" ]; then /usr/lib/indicator-sound-gtk2/indicator-sound-service;else /usr/lib/$(arch)-linux-gnu/indicator-sound/indicator-sound-service;fi'

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Autologin with lighdm and xfce

October 20, 2011

To enable auto-login in lightdm (new Ubuntu 11.10), edit

/etc/lightdm/lightdm.conf

and add:

[SeatDefaults]
greeter-session=unity-greeter
user-session=xfce
autologin-user=

You can also log into other session. The list of available sessions can be found in

/usr/share/xsessions/

directory (just remove .desktop extension).

ls /usr/share/xsessions/
gnome-classic.desktop  gnome-classic-guest-restricted.desktop  gnome.desktop  
gnome-fallback.desktop  gnome-shell.desktop  guest-restricted.desktop  
ubuntu-2d.desktop  ubuntu.desktop  xfce.desktop  xsession.desktop  xterm.desktop

Bring back Avidemux in Ubuntu 11.10

October 19, 2011

After upgrade to Ubuntu 11.10., your Avidemux is deleted.

To bring it back, go to following link https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/avidemux/1:2.5.4-0ubuntu6/+build/2158020 and download

libavidemux0_2.5.4-0ubuntu6_i386.deb
avidemux-common_2.5.4-0ubuntu6_all.deb
avidemux-plugins-common_2.5.4-0ubuntu6_i386.deb
avidemux-common_2.5.4-0ubuntu6_all.deb

and install these packages. This will bring Avidemux back.

Note: Make sure you still have libx264-106 package (from 11.04) installed. If you have newly installed Ubuntu 11.10, you have to get all required dependencies (open deb files and see INFO) that you are missing. Upgraded PCs usually have them from 11.04.