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KDE System Settings don't remember connector for built-in audio

asked 2014-08-16 19:25:29 -0500

Christian gravatar image

updated 2014-09-29 16:10:45 -0500

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Hi there,

I'm on F20, KDE 4.13.3. Every time I log in to the system, I have to remind KDE/Phonon to please use line out as the default audio destination, as opposed to headphones (which aren't connected). That is, I need to open System Settings -> Multimedia -> Audio and Video Settings -> Audio Hardware Setup -> select "Built-in Audio" sound card -> "Playback" sound device -> "Line Out" connector, and hit "Apply".

Obviously, this isn't particularly fun. Any advice? Where's the config file or sqlite DB that I can tweak so this finally sticks?


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answered 2014-08-18 19:55:09 -0500

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Turns out the problem was that PulseAudio didn't pick the right port for the given sink. User "hello"'s suggestion got me on the right track. In my case, the built-in card has index 1 and lists, among others:

index: 1
    name: <alsa_card.pci-0000_00_1b.0>
    driver: <module-alsa-card.c>
    owner module: 7
            alsa.card = "1"
            alsa.card_name = "HDA Intel"
            alsa.long_card_name = "HDA Intel at 0xfe8f4000 irq 45"
            alsa.driver_name = "snd_hda_intel"
            device.description = "Built-in Audio"
            input:analog-stereo: Analog Stereo Input (priority 60, available: unknown)
            output:analog-stereo: Analog Stereo Output (priority 6000, available: unknown)
    active profile: <output:analog-stereo+input:analog-stereo>
            alsa_output.pci-0000_00_1b.0.analog-stereo/#0: Built-in Audio Analog Stereo
            alsa_output.pci-0000_00_1b.0.analog-stereo.monitor/#1: Monitor of Built-in Audio Analog Stereo
            alsa_input.pci-0000_00_1b.0.analog-stereo/#2: Built-in Audio Analog Stereo
            # ...
            analog-output-lineout: Line Out (priority 9900, latency offset 0 usec, available: no)

            analog-output-headphones: Headphones (priority 9000, latency offset 0 usec, available: no)
                            device.icon_name = "audio-headphones"

So it's pretty obvious that the idea is to se the default port for the (only) sound sink. I did this by adding the following to /etc/pulse/

set-sink-port alsa_output.pci-0000_00_1b.0.analog-stereo analog-output-lineout

I did not need to wipe any existing state in my home directory.

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answered 2014-08-16 19:43:39 -0500

abadrinath gravatar image

updated 2014-08-19 01:12:07 -0500

If your audio output port is wrong, add this to /etc/pulse/

set-sink-port alsa_output.pci-0000_00_1f.5.analog-stereo analog-output-mono;output-amplifier-on

Change that with your customized card name, etc.. For more info, check


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Thanks for the input! It got me on the right track. I think you're describing the way to specify a sink, whereas my problem was that I needed to specify the port for a sink. That's probably also why the kmix suggestion doesn't apply -- the level of change I need to make doesn't show up in the mixer settings.

Christian gravatar imageChristian ( 2014-08-18 19:56:39 -0500 )edit

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