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I am attempting to get a Logitech USB headset to work on my Debian Squeeze computer. However, no matter what I do, there is no sound. I've already tried everything I could find on Google with no luck.

Originally, cat /proc/asound/cards listed the internal card in slot 0 and my headset in slot 1. After following the suggestion to rename /lib/modules/2.6.32-5-amd64/kernel/sound/pci/hda/snd-hda-intel.ko so it can't be found, it no longer reports the internal card, but my headset is still in slot 1.

I also tried editing /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base.conf to comment out the last line and add options snd-usb-audio index=1, but nothing I did to this file had any effect. I also tried rebooting the computer in between each change, but that didn't help.

Update: I reenabled the /lib/modules/2.6.32-5-amd64/kernel/sound/pci/hda/snd-hda-intel.ko module, so both the internal card and the headset showed up.

Then I installed PulseAudio using the directions at, but this only made things worse! Now the only thing that shows up under sound preferences and pavucontrol is "Dummy Output".

So what can I do? I'm at my wits end.

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Why are you setting index=1 when you want it to be at index 0? Why aren't you just selecting the headset in the PulseAudio configuration? – CL. Feb 5 '13 at 8:24
Because that's what I found online suggested. Anyway, I'm not sure how to do the PulseAudio thing but I'll look into it. – Antimony Feb 5 '13 at 13:25
@CL What do you mean by "selecting the headset in the PulseAudio configuration"? How do I do that? – Antimony Feb 22 '13 at 17:35
Something like pavucontrol's configuration tab. – CL. Feb 22 '13 at 19:12
@CL I installed PulseAudio, but that only made things worse! Now the only thing that shows up under System Sound Preferences and Pavucontrol is "Dummy Output". – Antimony Feb 22 '13 at 22:45

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