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haha01haha01 Dec 10, 2012 @ 5:27am
Issue Report: TF2 no Sound When Using ALSA
It seems that TF2's sound system relies on pulseaudio and cannot function when it is not running. This is bad because not all distros use pulseaudio, and not all ubuntu users use pulseaudio (I have disabled it because it causes problems with Intel HD Audio). When pulseaudio is disabled, running applications should use the default sound system for linux, ALSA.

How to Reproduce:
1.disable pulseaudio by running the commands:
echo autospawn = no >> ~/.pulse/client.conf
killall pulseaudio
2.start TF2
3.to enable pulseaudio again, remove the file ~/.pulse/client.conf

System information:
Processor Information:
Vendor: GenuineIntel
Speed: 2794 Mhz
8 logical processors
4 physical processors
HyperThreading: Supported
FCMOV: Supported
SSE2: Supported
SSE3: Supported
SSSE3: Supported
SSE4a: Unsupported
SSE41: Supported
SSE42: Supported

Network Information:
Network Speed:

Operating System Version:
Ubuntu 12.10 (32 bit)
Kernel Name: Linux
Kernel Version: 3.5.0-19-generic
X Server vendor: The X.Org Foundation
X Server release: 11300000

Video Card:
Driver: NVIDIA Corporation GeForce GT 240/PCIe/SSE2

Driver Version: 3.3.0 NVIDIA 310.14
Desktop Color Depth: 24 bits per pixel
Monitor Refresh Rate: 60 Hz
VendorID: 0x10de
DeviceID: 0xca3
Number of Monitors: 1
Number of Logical Video Cards: 1
Primary Display Resolution: 1920 x 1080
Desktop Resolution: 1920 x 1080
Primary Display Size: 20.91" x 11.77" (23.98" diag)
53.1cm x 29.9cm (60.9cm diag)
Primary Bus: PCI Express 16x
Primary VRAM: 1024 MB
Supported MSAA Modes: 2x 4x 8x 16x

Sound card:
Audio device: Realtek ALC889

Memory:
RAM: 4036 Mb

Miscellaneous:
UI Language: English
LANG: en_US.UTF-8
Microphone: Not set
Total Hard Disk Space Available: 459966 Mb
Largest Free Hard Disk Block: 402547 Mb

Installed software:

Recent Failure Reports:
Mon Dec 10 13:13:59 2012 GMT: file ''/tmp/dumps/assert_20121210151342_1.dmp'', upload yes: ''CrashID=bp-067444d3-5d09-4c22-a4b1-01f302121210''
Mon Dec 10 13:16:53 2012 GMT: file ''/tmp/dumps/assert_20121210151641_1.dmp'', upload yes: ''CrashID=bp-93e3a568-1806-4c6e-8392-447232121210''
(the crash dumps are not related to this particular issue)
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[TUX] Fernie Dec 10, 2012 @ 5:48am 
running
SDL_AUDIODRIVER=alsa steam
should fix that.
ManInTheBox Dec 10, 2012 @ 5:58am 
I'm running Debian testing 64-bit with KDE and PulseAudio is not normally installed. It is also not a dependency of the steam package nor does TF2 try to install this dependency (I noticed spacechem trying to install it's missing dependencies on first launch...). By means of starting steam from a command line I could see the output containing among other things that pulseaudio was missing and after installing TF2 works WITH audio. So either list pulseaudio as a dependency (for either steam or preferably just for TF2) or support ALSA.
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Date Posted: Dec 10, 2012 @ 5:27am
Posts: 2