How to Properly Replace Pulseaudio with ALSA on Crunchbang Linux and Debian Squeeze

Hello Linux Geeksters.

In this article I will show you how to remove Pulseaudio and the related packages and install the Alsa Sound drivers on Debian Squeeze and Crunchbag Linux.’s start:

First, kill pulseaudio:

$ sudo killall pulseaudio

Remove all pulseaudio packages:

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

Get rid of the /etc/asound.conf file. I have renamed it, in case I want to install Pulseaudio once again and reuse it:

$ 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:

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

This is everything. Enjoy.

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4 comments on “How to Properly Replace Pulseaudio with ALSA on Crunchbang Linux and Debian Squeeze
  1. dw says:

    Works for debian wheezy just fine. Jeeeze Pulseaudio is a pain!

  2. robert armani says:

    It worked

  3. rickster says:

    Every time I checkin on Debian it still has this crappy, troublesome pulseaudio mess, and yet “everything” else is beautiful with Debian.
    (BTW, kWheezy1.2 is a really nice Debian distro)
    And everytime, I also see the same thankful instructions everywhere on howto “sudo apt-get purge pulseaudio…” ; reboot and OH LISTEN, my sound is back becuase ALSA JUST WORKS !
    Why is it that year in, and year out Debian Users keep putting themselves thru this torture.
    Is anyone even maintaining this pulseaudio mess … ? oh wait, yes, it’s the same dev who’s pushin’ “systemd” now, for Redhat.
    well ok, but how ’bout fixing pulseaudio up first, before running off to play with other new toys ?
    -ahh nevermind, Lol -here we go.

  4. Alisson says:

    Working fine with Crunchbang here, I won’t hear crackles anymore! :)

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