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Old 12-11-2013, 04:43 PM   #1
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Google Chrome sound stopped working

Hello. This issue happened yesterday. I have been using xmms, and noticed a curious phenomena which was that I could not use xmms and google chrome to play sound at the same time. So when I needed to, I would stop xmms and play, for example, a youtube video in google chrome which worked fine. However, yesterday, I stopped xmms and google chrome no longer played sound. I really had no idea how to troubleshoot this. I have not restarted my computer (every other program still has sound). I did restart google chrome and X a few times. I also tried to use 'alsactl restore/init' without success. Which I guess makes sense because it's not the sound card as far as I can tell, just google chrome.

To make a long story short, I don't know how to troubleshoot this. Can someone tell me which configuration files or which commands I should check? I have checked 'dmesg | tail' it had nothing on this issue.
Old 12-11-2013, 05:56 PM   #2
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right a few suggestions but I don't use slackware

1) how did you install chrome?
2) can you download the latest and install it via tools mentioned in this link?

3) when you have the latest chrome open it and open a new tab and post the output to

about:plugins (or) chrome://plugins/
In particular is your flash version 11.9.900.170 and NOT disabled

another way to check is

4) in terms of non-chrome sound.....just one test of sound should be enough
I assume you can play sound outside chrome or is sound now not working for all?

Last edited by aus9; 12-11-2013 at 05:57 PM. Reason: code box needed to stop a smilie appearing for chrome plugins
Old 12-11-2013, 06:56 PM   #3
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I installed chrome with some script to turn the *.deb into something that could be built on slackware. I don't know all the ins and outs unfortunately.

As for plugins, all are enabled (flash included).

And yes, sound works with everything except chrome.

**Edit: As posted above, even other browsers (firefox) work fine, eg. have sound.

Last edited by flyinggeorge; 12-11-2013 at 07:14 PM.
Old 12-11-2013, 08:39 PM   #4
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yes but I also asked

In particular is your flash version 11.9.900.170 ?

post yours pls

2) leaping ahead, assuming you have truly got the most recent stable chrome
---open a terminal and run the command

chrome should start, minimise it and grab the full output of the terminal stuff
--you may have an error showing with luck
and post it pls

3) now does chrome have no sound for all sites or just youtube?

post a link to any site you are having trouble with.

I will show you a streaming radio site to test
click on the those showing the F (short for flashplayer)
----I am geo blocked as aussie

so for me
click on any "listen now"

Hopefully you are not geo blocked?


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