Ubuntu – How to make pulseaudio work again


I was having problems with sound (mono only output), so following advice from another askubuntu question I made some edits in /etc/pulse/default.pa

After rebooting I had no sound at all. So I deleted /etc/pulse/default.pa entirely and tried another reboot. I did not backup the file (stupid, I know).

How to come back to working config?


I tried:

sudo apt-get remove pulseaudio

sudo apt-get install pulseaudio

It's still not working. The file /etc/pulse/default.pa is missing.

Here's what pulseaudio and pacmd commands show:

$ pulseaudio 
E: [pulseaudio] main.c: Daemon startup without any loaded modules, refusing to work.
$ pacmd
No PulseAudio daemon running, or not running as session daemon.

Best Answer

Here's my default.pa file. Try putting it in the original folder, making sure it has the right permissions.

Next time backup important files before you modify or delete them, but I guess you learned that lesson already.