[Pkg-xfce-devel] Bug#752901: Multiple sound cards in XFCE

Yves-Alexis Perez corsac at debian.org
Sat Jun 28 09:01:35 UTC 2014

On sam., 2014-06-28 at 10:51 +0200, Karsten Malcher wrote:
> Am 28.06.2014 10:31, schrieb Yves-Alexis Perez:
> > On sam., 2014-06-28 at 10:17 +0200, Karsten Malcher wrote:
> >> The final question is how to handle multiple sound cards in Debian
> >> with XFCE?
> > Well, for me “handle multiple sound cards” doesn't mean really anything.
> > Xfce doesn't “handle” sound cards (the kernel does, somehow).
> Yes - of course - but you know what i mean.

No, see above.
> >
> > If you want to tune the volume, then xfce4-mixer can do that, and
> > xfce4-volumed does it too.
> Controlling the volume of the different sources is really the minimum.
> But there are different reasons to select a sound device.
> 1. You use XFCE as desktop on a laptop and you want to switch to an external device e.g. HDMI

There's no such thing as “switch”. Either the EC or kernel handle that
by itself (for example when plugging a headphone), or you do that
completely manually (you mute the volume on one output and unmute on the

As said above there's no “handling” of sound card in Xfce, it doesn't
try to be smart or anything.

> 2. You use an additional sound card as simple DA-converter for different purposes.

Definitely out of scope.
> >
> > xfce4-volumed is designed to be minimal, so it doesn't have any
> > configuration interface, it just use the 'active-card' property of
> > xfce4-mixer settings in xfconf.
> Please check the screenshot i posted first.
> The 'active-card' property is missing in the Debian configuration!
> How can i add it (correct) ?

In xfce4-settings-editor, click “new”?

-------------- next part --------------
A non-text attachment was scrubbed...
Name: signature.asc
Type: application/pgp-signature
Size: 473 bytes
Desc: This is a digitally signed message part
URL: <http://lists.alioth.debian.org/pipermail/pkg-xfce-devel/attachments/20140628/edbdd3cf/attachment-0001.sig>

More information about the Pkg-xfce-devel mailing list