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Linux Steam videos have no sound
I installed Flash, and videos do play, but with no sound. I get sound playing any of the games in my library, but none w\ile playing a game's video.

Any suggestions?
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omeara4pheonix Jun 14, 2013 @ 7:00am 
I have the same problem, which i just noticed today. Did you ever find a fix? For me steam shows up in pavucontrol but has no sound. Steam games have no problem with sound.
Here is a screenshot of my pavu while a video is playing in steam:
Last edited by omeara4pheonix; Jun 14, 2013 @ 7:29am
arc| Gps Jun 15, 2013 @ 4:51pm 
I have he same problem, its flash related.

When I wamt sound with the vid, I copy the url into FF.
pullasuti Jun 15, 2013 @ 5:13pm 
Steam doesn't require flash to play videos anymore. They seem to be webm files on my client, and the sound works just fine as long as I don't leave the videos muted.
Nebulous Storm Jun 19, 2013 @ 8:46pm 
bump, sound not muted, and still there is no sound in the videos.
bitcrusher Jun 20, 2013 @ 10:48am 
try to force steam to run with pulse or alsa depending on which you use
LeChuck Jan 15, 2015 @ 4:15pm 
Originally posted by bitcrusher:
try to force steam to run with pulse or alsa depending on which you use
How exactly? (same problem here btw)
LeChuck Jan 15, 2015 @ 4:23pm 
By the way I have found this and it worked for me:
If you don't have audio in the videos which play within the Steam Client and you're sure you have lib32-flashplugin installed correctly, it's possible Steam is using packaged ALSA libs which aren't working.

If launching Steam from a terminal and attempting to playback a video within the steam client results in an error similar to the following:

ALSA lib pcm_dmix.c:1018:(snd_pcm_dmix_open) unable to open slave

There is a workaround which involves renaming or deleting some Steam Runtime folders and library files. The bugs have already been reported here: #3376 and #3504
The solution is to rename or delete the alsa-lib folder and the* files. They can be found within


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Date Posted: Feb 24, 2013 @ 7:37am
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