No central speaker audio on XBMC 13.0-ALPHA11 and Ubuntu Saucy

In the last few days, I’ve decided to update my HTPC ubuntu to Saucy (13.10). In the same time, I added the XBMC nightly repository (http://wiki.xbmc.org/index.php?title=Installing_XBMC_for_Linux#Ubuntu_2) in order to provide some feedback to the XBMC community.

However, in the last days, maybe after a reboot, I’ve lost the audio from my central speaker (in my 5.1 audio system). It was very weird, because I had all ambiant sounds but no voices at all.

After some digging, I saw that XBMC was using the PulseAudio driver. After fighting myself to make PulseAudio work correctly, I’ve decided simple and plain to remove it by issuing :

apt-get remove pulseaudio  gstreamer0.10-pulseaudio

So audio is now handled directly by ALSA and no problems so far.

In my XBMC now I see in SYSTEM -> AUDIO OUTPUT -> AUDIO OUTPUT DEVICE -> HDA Intel PCH, SAM SAMSUNG on HDMI #1

Doing that I have a fully working 5.1 audio but keep in mind that if you remove PulseAudio you loose a lot of configuration options (includes audio volume per application).

Related : http://www.jmichelgarcia.com/2013/gigabyte-brix-as-an-htpc/

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