Headphone audio line issue


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I recently installed Garuda Linux and ...

When I run my Garuda Linux “audio preferences” set to “line out” for speakers: online streaming videos (like those on YouTube and Amazon Prime) play fine – their audio is heard through my speakers.

However, when I switch over to “headphones” (in audio preferences), both online streaming videos and video files already on my PC (running through my media player) stop playing or continue playing with no sound. When on YouTube I’ll get this error message “Audio renderer error, please restart your computer” I have done that a few times and it doesn’t help.

- I checked the Arch forum and found someone suggesting to downgrade the kernel to fix the problem. I tried instead to upgrade it instead – but that had no effect. Does it mean that I stay stuck at a kernel version forever?

- I hear the audio coming through my headphones for a fraction of a second as I switch from “Line Out” to the “headphones” setting in my system preferences section.

- I’ve tried the system headphone test app and it sends audio to both the right and left channels of my headphones when it’s running that “Right Channel” / “Left Channel” test.

- I’ve set preferences on both my web browsers to accept sound from websites – no improvement

I tried reinstalling the following apps:

- pusleaudio-qt

- port audio

- lib32_portaudio

- lib32-faudio

- webrtc-audio-processing

….No effect on the outcome.

I tried also installing asla-audio and once I selected the right audio card, having a look at its mixer on the terminal – to see if any channels were turned off but only the ones that covered 5.1 & 7.1 Stereo were turned off.

Have you tried making a new user and logging in to see if the issue is related to the user profile?

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No - I didn't think about that. I'll try and update. Thanks for the suggestion.

That did the trick - but it wasn't smooth. In the other account, I kept switching back and forth between "line out" and "headphones" and after a few times back and forth, it seemed to loosen up somehow and then I got audio in my headphones.

Then I switched back to the original account (where I had been doing the same thing a lot before) and I did it a few times there and then it too sent audio into my headphones.

There was a short moment when the screen turned turning on and off (like slowed down flickering) and then it stopped.
Don't know what to make of it - but the audio is fine now.

Thanks again - at least I got unstuck.

Wow, that is strange. I can't help but be suspicious of that Nvidia audio driver, but the truth is I honestly don't even know what to make of that. Hopefully the fix sticks!

I realized that I was giving some "fuzzy talk" that wasn't going to be helpful to others experiencing a similar problem and looking for help. I think that i figured out what might have helped switch the audio in the headphones on ...even though it still took me switching back and forth between "line out" & "headphones" afterwards a few times to get it  unstuck...

right clicking on the audio icon and choosing "Configure Audio Devices" 

When one does that, one arrives at a simple layout showing just -
- Play back devices
- Inactive cards
- playback streams

It's called the "analog output" selections.

That's the one that I was used to messing with. I was just  randomly clicking around and clicked on the profile tab and switched it to "proaudio" (which I've never had a need to do before). When one does that, more choices are listed.

On the extreme right of each of those choices is a tiny, what I believe is called a "radio button"(which I originally thought it was just a design motif - duhhh!).

I clicked on one next to the "headphones" choice and it lit up green. Then I exited back to the original simple 
- Play back devices
- Inactive cards
- playback streams

"analog output" selections.

And like I said, I still didn't hear anything through my headphones until after a few times of switching back and forth between "line out" & "headphones" in the "port" tab.

And like i also said, while doing this, I had a short period of the screen video signal shutting off and turning back on (slow flickering). That's actually still happening occasionally (especially when I try to view streaming videos - like on YouTube) - but It began when I started messing with the audio settings.

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