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PostPosted: Thu Jan 09, 2020 6:34 pm    Post subject: Audio dies, pulseaudio -k fixes it [solved: receiver firmwa] Reply with quote

Update: I thought it was fixed, but I had one sound crash today on youtube. pulseaudio -k fixed it... It is better? Maybe?


I've had a problem now for several months. I can't recall when the problem started.

I have HDMI video connected from an NVidia GTX 1050ti connected to a Yamaha receiver, and the receiver driving an LG TV through another HDMI cable.

This worked for some months this year without issue. There have been updates to the firmware on the receiver, so it could be that devices fault...

After the problem occurred I tried going back a version of pulseaudio and that didn't fix the issue.

I suspect it's a kernel issue.

Here's what happens:

When playing back video using mplayer, I pause playback with space bar. Then after some time (the time it takes to get a snack or talk about what's happening on screen with family) I unpause the video and audio no longer works.

This happens with Chrome Netflix, hulu and Amazon Prime as well.

if I exit the application, run pulseaudio -k and then restart the application, sound is restored.

pausing has become a bit of a headache for my family. It really sucks when we crash Netflix because of the pulseaudio -k command.

I just realized I need to check dmesg to see if any messages audio related are being generated when audio crashes.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 10, 2020 12:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It has done that to me forever i think its a pulse audio side issue.


did it for me on Gentoo and Mx linux regardless of version.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 10, 2020 12:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

While it's supposed to work I suspect those problems are tied with how it's trying to shutdown after an idle period (I believe it does that after 20 seconds by default?). I use pulse a bit unconventionally (minimal with jack sink instead of alsa) but I never let it really shutdown (exit-idle-time = -1) and instead just suspend sinks/sources on idle, never gives me trouble and just mostly idle with 0% cpu when I don't use it (with my setup anyway).
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 11, 2020 11:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think the problem has been solved with the latest update to my Yamaha Receiver's firmware.

I updated it a few days ago and have not had an audio glitch or a black screen flicker either.


Update: Had one audio crash today. Perhaps it's better?
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