Incredibly outdated now, please follow this instead:

2009-2010 method:

1) sudo apt-get install padevchooser (it’ll install a bunch of stuff)
2) System>Preferences>StartUp applications, add name and command padevchooser (no caps), it will appear next to the clock now. Left click to access.
3) Despite this being a Skype how-to, it shows you how to control your audio.

Things to consider:
1) No idea if messing with the audio previously goofed anything, so be aware if may have.
2) When no sound is heard, assume a volume slider (seen or unseen) is turned down. Just because you don’t see it, doesn’t mean it’s not the cause.
3) As above, check all volume sliders by right clicking the old volume control, then click hardware and check ALL devices to make sure things are turned up


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You go to Sound in Ubuntu preferences and no matter what you try – your selection for a default sound card will not stick! No need to fear. Just watch the video above and use the following scripts. Copy each script, then right click on you desktop and choose create document. Paste each script in there. Once the correct card name has been pasted into the script (you’ll likely want a script for the sound card and for the headset if needed), you are half way there. Right click on it afterward and then goto properties, choose permissions then allow to be executed.

What sound cards do you have? Open up a terminal and paste in:

sudo asoundconf list

Make note of each card. Use trial and error if you are unsure which card is which. The process of elimination will only take a few tries.

#! /bin/sh -f

sudo asoundconf set-default-card name-of-card-to-be-default

I use the above script twice in two files for my sound card and my Plantronics USB headset – works perfectly.

Do you have an Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Simply Mepis, Linspire/Freespire or PCLinuxOS related question? Perhaps you are just burnt out on writing on the walls with crayons? Whatever the comments may be, drop me a line, and you too can “Just Ask Matt”- Linux Edition!

[tags]USb headset, sound card, Linux[/tags]