Sound on Debian Wheezy

Just a quick post about my setup.

Prior to Wheezy, I had to install the latest alsa from the website. Lo and behold, sound was working directly with the new release, Wheezy. Unfortunately, mpd was no longer working. The log said something like :

can't find alsa mixer control "PCM"

Looking into the system logs showed up weird messages like :

Unable to contact D-Bus: org.freedesktop.DBus.Error.NotSupported:
Unable to autolaunch a dbus-daemon without a $DISPLAY for X11

It turns out these error messages are normal. So I figured pulseaudio was causing these problems. But removing it would mean removing gnome (as a dependency). It is still possible as gnome and gnome-core are metapackages.

The final step is to manage the system bell, which was still beeping. Pulseaudio was the only way to manage sound from the desktop preference.

The solution ? Disable the bell in your terminal.

And there, you’re set !