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Updated from Ubuntu 12.04->12.10->13.04. Everything went smooth except for Chrome. Chrome has no audio, period, from Youtube or anything.

If I open up Pulse Audio volume controller I can see Chrome show up when I start a video but the volume indicators are not moving.

All other sounds work perfect, all other apps play sound no problem. This is entirely Chrome which is why I am at a loss.


  • reinstalling chrome didn't help

Running this command cleaned up a bunch but did not help:

 sudo sh -c "apt-get update;apt-get dist-upgrade;apt-get autoremove;apt-get autoclean"

I tried the following, found to help people on 13.04 with audio issues but did not solve this:

 sudo apt-get remove --purge alsa-base pulseaudio indicator-sound
 sudo apt-get install alsa-base pulseaudio indicator-sound
 sudo alsa force-reload

Only important update:

  • When I restart chrome and start a video I hear maybe half a second of audio from the video then silence. Pulse volume controller even shows volume for that half second then goes silent.
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Have you tried reinstalling Chrome? – Jason Bristol Jul 24 '13 at 16:42
Have you tried sudo sh -c "apt-get update;apt-get dist-upgrade;apt-get autoremove;apt-get autoclean" – alvas Jul 24 '13 at 17:46
I tried both to no avail. See updates. – Halsafar Jul 24 '13 at 18:56
Okay I fixed it... Go to chrome://plugins and I disabled the flash plugin, restarted browser, enabled flash plugin, restart browser, audio appears to be working. – Halsafar Jul 24 '13 at 19:02

I think this is likely a difficult one to debug. I am on Ubuntu 14.04 and discovered the same issue--audio on everything else OK except Google Chrome. I am also on an LDAP enabled network auth with home exported from another machine, so I am having my share of permissions issues on ~/config/google-chrome.

But what worked for me is to remove ~/.config/google-chrome completely (back it up before you do anything), and then fire up Google Chrome. Sound then worked magically, so I knew it had to do with my stale ~/.config/google-chrome. So I moved the items from my backup of ~/backup/google-chrome into the new ~/.config/google-chrome/ and viola! everything as you would expect, sound working flawlessly.

Hope this helps someone.

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