No sounds in VB when sounds works fine in host and vice versa

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No sounds in VB when sounds works fine in host and vice versa

Postby KIMW » 4. Aug 2019, 09:32

When I launched VB, sounds is working fine in VB but not in SMPlayer, Firefox, etc, on my Linux Mint system (Distro: Linux Mint 18.3 KDE) and when I run:
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pulseaudio -k
then the sound comes back in SMPlayer and Firefox BUT stops in VB.

I've asked on the Linux Mint forum but yet I have not managed to get it working. So I hope someone here will be able to help me. Thanks in advance.

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Re: No sounds in VB when sounds works fine in host and vice versa

Postby socratis » 14. Aug 2019, 05:13

I have a Mint 19 host and I run a Win7-64 to try to replicate your setup. I had no problems playing two YouTube videos in Firefox simultaneously. Here's what I saw comparing our logs (yours and mine):
VirtualBox VM 5.2.30 r130521 linux.amd64 (May 13 2019 14:52:44) release log
VirtualBox VM 6.0.97 r131153 linux.amd64 (Jun 5 2019 19:34:32) release log
00:00:00.544794 PulseAudio: Using v8.0.0
00:00:08.087181 PulseAudio: Using v11.1.0

And then these from your VBox.log, which I don't have in mine:
00:00:44.329493 Audio: Enable stream '[PulseAudio] Front' failed with VERR_INVALID_POINTER
00:00:55.463915 PulseAudio: Could not connect playback stream 'VirtualBox Front [WIN7]': Bad state
I don't particularly like Invalid_pointers, neither Bad_States, but I can't tell you what's going on in the background.

Other than that the VM configuration and everything else looks fine. I would look to your host's audio config. What I suspect is going on is that you have some sort of setting where only one app is allowed at any time to have access to the audio, but that's a guess.

I'm not a Linux/Pulse audio guy, so I don't really know what "pulseaudio -k" does/doesn't do...
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