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    I killed PulseAudio... deader than dead

    F12/XFCE i686. I was changing some settings in pulseaudio while music was playing in moc (a console music player), settings that I had changed previously while music was playing without incident, when pulseaudio stopped dead in it's tracks.

    I reinstalled everything pulseaudio* and ladspa*, rebooted, and still pulseaudio refuses to even start the dameon.
    Code:
    BASH:~/-> pulseaudio --start
    E: main.c: Daemon startup failed.
    BASH:~/-> pulseaudio
    E: module-ladspa-sink.c: Master sink not found
    E: module.c: Failed to load  module "module-ladspa-sink" (argument: "sink_name=ladspa_output.mbeq_1197.mbeq master= plugin=mbeq_1197 label=mbeq control=3.0,3.0,7.3,7.0,3.0,-1.0,-6.6,-6.3,-4.5,-4.0,1.1,1.2,5.8,7.9,8.8"): initialization failed.
    E: main.c: Module load failed.
    E: main.c: Failed to initialize daemon
    BASH:~/-> locate module-ladspa-sink
    /usr/lib/pulse-0.9.21/modules/module-ladspa-sink.so.
    The pulseaudio manger app shows nothing enabled. My XFCE mixer app shows only "SB Audigy 2 ZS [SB0350] (Alsa mixer)" instead of the usual 4 choices for soundcard. Switching to root lets me do "pulseaudio --system", with a lot of warnings, but still no audio.

    I unistalled pulseaudio-equalizer along with it's two deps ladspa and ladspa-swh-plugins. No help. Any clues as to which config files to delete/rename for a fresh start with pulseaudio?

    Paul

    ---------- Post added at 06:50 PM CST ---------- Previous post was at 06:39 PM CST ----------

    Got it. Panic over.
    Code:
    mv .pulse .pulse-old

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    Re: I killed PulseAudio... deader than dead

    Is there anything in ~/.asoundrc? I think you may be missing this:
    Code:
    [gene@Mobile-PC ~]$ listplugins | grep mbeq
    /usr/lib64/ladspa/mbeq_1197.so:
    	Multiband EQ (1197/mbeq)
    It was probably installed by pulseaudio-equalizer as part of ladspa-swh-plugins, and now alsa still wants to load it. Either that, or the the arguments to it are invalid.

    dd_wizard

    ---------- Post added at 04:00 PM CST ---------- Previous post was at 03:57 PM CST ----------

    I just noticed that pulseaudio-equalizer left some files in .pulse when I uninstalled it. Time to clean them out me thinks.

    dd_wizard

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    Re: I killed PulseAudio... deader than dead

    Thanks dd_wizard, but yeah, see the addendum to my original post. All the problem was in my ~/.pulse folder somewhere. Just renaming that folder to take it out of play and then doing, as user:

    pulseaudio --start

    did the trick. I reinstalled pulseaudio-equalizer right away..... nice. Listening with it now.

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