No Sound, No Pulse Audio Volume Control in System Tray Following Fedora 33 Upgrade

I just upgraded one of my computers (on Fedora-32 with Cinnamon) to Fedora-33. There is no sound from the speakers, and no pulse audio volume control in the system tray. If I start the PAVUC from the menu, the control tries to connect to pulse audio, but never gets there. Pulse Audio is installed, btw. How do I get that functionality back? Or should I just wait and install Fedora-34 next month and learn to use pipewire? I’m not trying to be cute – maybe a tad humorous :slight_smile: .

How did you do the upgrade? New install or online upgrade?

If done online the appropriate packages and drivers should have been upgraded with the OS. If you did it as a new install then you should try to remember what was needed when 32 was installed if anything and repeat that.

If you have the settings control panel check and see if the audio device is selected for output. Check that none of the volume controls are set to minimum. Often one or more may be set to auto adjust with certain packages/tools and that needs to be allowed for when tracking down these problems.

I did the upgrade online, not by newly installing. In the Cinnamon control panel sound settings, “Output” and “Sounds” are set to minimum and cannot be adjusted, “greyed out”, I would say. “Settings” amplification is set to maximum.

Is pulseaudio enabled and started correctly?

systemctl status --user pulseaudio.socket
systemctl status --user pulseaudio.service

Is there any error in the journal?

journalctl -r --user-unit pulseaudio.socket
journalctl -r --user-unit pulseaudio.service

Here are the outputs of your inquiries. Some were kind of lengthy and included times before the Fedora 33 update, so I tried to limit the length of them:

$ systemctl status --user pulseaudio.socket

● pulseaudio.socket - Sound System
     Loaded: loaded (/usr/lib/systemd/user/pulseaudio.socket; enabled; vendor p>
     Active: failed (Result: service-start-limit-hit) since Wed 2021-03-17 09:1>
   Triggers: ● pulseaudio.service
     Listen: /run/user/1000/pulse/native (Stream)

Mar 17 09:11:59 localhost.localdomain systemd[1180]: Listening on Sound System.
Mar 17 09:12:06 localhost.localdomain systemd[1180]: pulseaudio.socket: Failed >
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● pulseaudio.socket - Sound System
     Loaded: loaded (/usr/lib/systemd/user/pulseaudio.socket; enabled; vendor preset: enabled)
     Active: failed (Result: service-start-limit-hit) since Wed 2021-03-17 09:12:06 EDT; 2min 30s ago
   Triggers: ● pulseaudio.service
     Listen: /run/user/1000/pulse/native (Stream)

Mar 17 09:11:59 localhost.localdomain systemd[1180]: Listening on Sound System.
Mar 17 09:12:06 localhost.localdomain systemd[1180]: pulseaudio.socket: Failed with result 'service-start-limit-hit'.

$ systemctl status --user pulseaudio.service

● pulseaudio.service - Sound Service
     Loaded: loaded (/usr/lib/systemd/user/pulseaudio.service; disabled; vendor>
     Active: failed (Result: exit-code) since Wed 2021-03-17 09:12:06 EDT; 8min>
TriggeredBy: ● pulseaudio.socket
    Process: 1577 ExecStart=/usr/bin/pulseaudio --daemonize=no --log-target=jou>
   Main PID: 1577 (code=exited, status=1/FAILURE)
        CPU: 27ms

Mar 17 09:12:06 localhost.localdomain systemd[1180]: pulseaudio.service: Schedu>
Mar 17 09:12:06 localhost.localdomain systemd[1180]: Stopped Sound Service.
Mar 17 09:12:06 localhost.localdomain systemd[1180]: pulseaudio.service: Start >
Mar 17 09:12:06 localhost.localdomain systemd[1180]: pulseaudio.service: Failed>
Mar 17 09:12:06 localhost.localdomain systemd[1180]: Failed to start Sound Serv>
lines 1-13/13 (END)...skipping...
● pulseaudio.service - Sound Service
     Loaded: loaded (/usr/lib/systemd/user/pulseaudio.service; disabled; vendor preset: disabled)
     Active: failed (Result: exit-code) since Wed 2021-03-17 09:12:06 EDT; 8min ago
TriggeredBy: ● pulseaudio.socket
    Process: 1577 ExecStart=/usr/bin/pulseaudio --daemonize=no --log-target=journal (code=exited, status=1/FAILURE)
   Main PID: 1577 (code=exited, status=1/FAILURE)
        CPU: 27ms

Mar 17 09:12:06 localhost.localdomain systemd[1180]: pulseaudio.service: Scheduled restart job, restart counter is at 4.
Mar 17 09:12:06 localhost.localdomain systemd[1180]: Stopped Sound Service.
Mar 17 09:12:06 localhost.localdomain systemd[1180]: pulseaudio.service: Start request repeated too quickly.
Mar 17 09:12:06 localhost.localdomain systemd[1180]: pulseaudio.service: Failed with result 'exit-code'.
Mar 17 09:12:06 localhost.localdomain systemd[1180]: Failed to start Sound Service.

$ journalctl -r --user-unit pulseaudio.socket

-- Logs begin at Wed 2020-06-03 19:12:55 EDT, end at Wed 2021-03-17 09:22:55 ED>
Mar 17 09:12:06 localhost.localdomain systemd[1180]: pulseaudio.socket: Failed >
Mar 17 09:11:59 localhost.localdomain systemd[1180]: Listening on Sound System.
-- Reboot --
Mar 17 09:02:09 localhost.localdomain systemd[1180]: pulseaudio.socket: Failed >
Mar 17 09:02:01 localhost.localdomain systemd[1180]: Listening on Sound System.
-- Reboot --
Mar 16 13:59:24 localhost.localdomain systemd[1241]: pulseaudio.socket: Failed >
Mar 16 13:59:16 localhost.localdomain systemd[1241]: Listening on Sound System.
-- Reboot --
Mar 16 12:31:09 localhost.localdomain systemd[1161]: Closed Sound System.
Mar 16 12:31:09 localhost.localdomain systemd[1161]: pulseaudio.socket: Succeed>
Mar 16 12:16:56 localhost.localdomain systemd[1161]: Listening on Sound System.
-- Reboot --
Mar 16 12:15:20 localhost.localdomain systemd[1167]: Closed Sound System.
Mar 16 12:15:20 localhost.localdomain systemd[1167]: pulseaudio.socket: Succeed>
Mar 12 14:24:31 localhost.localdomain systemd[1167]: Listening on Sound System.
-- Reboot --
Mar 12 14:22:26 localhost.localdomain systemd[1182]: Closed Sound System.
Mar 12 14:22:26 localhost.localdomain systemd[1182]: pulseaudio.socket: Succeed>
Mar 12 14:16:09 localhost.localdomain systemd[1182]: Listening on Sound System.
-- Reboot --
Mar 08 12:02:03 localhost.localdomain systemd[1175]: Closed Sound System.
lines 1-23...skipping...
-- Logs begin at Wed 2020-06-03 19:12:55 EDT, end at Wed 2021-03-17 09:22:55 EDT. --
Mar 17 09:12:06 localhost.localdomain systemd[1180]: pulseaudio.socket: Failed with result 'service-start-limit-hit'.
Mar 17 09:11:59 localhost.localdomain systemd[1180]: Listening on Sound System.
-- Reboot --
Mar 17 09:02:09 localhost.localdomain systemd[1180]: pulseaudio.socket: Failed with result 'service-start-limit-hit'.
Mar 17 09:02:01 localhost.localdomain systemd[1180]: Listening on Sound System.
-- Reboot --
Mar 16 13:59:24 localhost.localdomain systemd[1241]: pulseaudio.socket: Failed with result 'service-start-limit-hit'.
Mar 16 13:59:16 localhost.localdomain systemd[1241]: Listening on Sound System.
-- Reboot --
Mar 16 12:31:09 localhost.localdomain systemd[1161]: Closed Sound System.
Mar 16 12:31:09 localhost.localdomain systemd[1161]: pulseaudio.socket: Succeeded.
Mar 16 12:16:56 localhost.localdomain systemd[1161]: Listening on Sound System.
-- Reboot --
Mar 16 12:15:20 localhost.localdomain systemd[1167]: Closed Sound System.
Mar 16 12:15:20 localhost.localdomain systemd[1167]: pulseaudio.socket: Succeeded.
Mar 12 14:24:31 localhost.localdomain systemd[1167]: Listening on Sound System.
-- Reboot --
Mar 12 14:22:26 localhost.localdomain systemd[1182]: Closed Sound System.
Mar 12 14:22:26 localhost.localdomain systemd[1182]: pulseaudio.socket: Succeeded.
Mar 12 14:16:09 localhost.localdomain systemd[1182]: Listening on Sound System.
-- Reboot --
Mar 08 12:02:03 localhost.localdomain systemd[1175]: Closed Sound System.
Mar 08 12:02:03 localhost.localdomain systemd[1175]: pulseaudio.socket: Succeeded.
Mar 08 11:18:09 localhost.localdomain systemd[1175]: Listening on Sound System.
-- Reboot --
Mar 08 11:16:32 localhost.localdomain systemd[1174]: Closed Sound System.
Mar 08 11:16:32 localhost.localdomain systemd[1174]: pulseaudio.socket: Succeeded.
Mar 07 17:19:01 localhost.localdomain systemd[1174]: Listening on Sound System.
-- Reboot --
Mar 07 17:16:58 localhost.localdomain systemd[1171]: Closed Sound System.
Mar 07 17:16:58 localhost.localdomain systemd[1171]: pulseaudio.socket: Succeeded.
Mar 07 16:42:41 localhost.localdomain systemd[1171]: Listening on Sound System.
-- Reboot --
Mar 07 16:41:07 localhost.localdomain systemd[1187]: Closed Sound System.
Mar 07 16:41:07 localhost.localdomain systemd[1187]: pulseaudio.socket: Succeeded.
Mar 06 18:01:31 localhost.localdomain systemd[1187]: Listening on Sound System.
-- Reboot --
Mar 02 20:01:39 localhost.localdomain systemd[1197]: Closed Sound System.

$ journalctl -r --user-unit pulseaudio.service

-- Logs begin at Wed 2020-06-03 19:12:55 EDT, end at Wed 2021-03-17 09:29:21 ED>
Mar 17 09:12:06 localhost.localdomain systemd[1180]: Failed to start Sound Serv>
Mar 17 09:12:06 localhost.localdomain systemd[1180]: pulseaudio.service: Failed>
Mar 17 09:12:06 localhost.localdomain systemd[1180]: pulseaudio.service: Start >
Mar 17 09:12:06 localhost.localdomain systemd[1180]: Stopped Sound Service.
Mar 17 09:12:06 localhost.localdomain systemd[1180]: pulseaudio.service: Schedu>
Mar 17 09:12:06 localhost.localdomain systemd[1180]: Failed to start Sound Serv>
Mar 17 09:12:06 localhost.localdomain systemd[1180]: pulseaudio.service: Failed>
Mar 17 09:12:06 localhost.localdomain systemd[1180]: pulseaudio.service: Main p>
Mar 17 09:12:06 localhost.localdomain pulseaudio[1577]: pa_pid_file_create() fa>
Mar 17 09:12:06 localhost.localdomain pulseaudio[1577]: Daemon already running.
Mar 17 09:12:06 localhost.localdomain systemd[1180]: Starting Sound Service...
Mar 17 09:12:06 localhost.localdomain systemd[1180]: Stopped Sound Service.
Mar 17 09:12:06 localhost.localdomain systemd[1180]: pulseaudio.service: Schedu>
Mar 17 09:12:06 localhost.localdomain systemd[1180]: Failed to start Sound Serv>
Mar 17 09:12:06 localhost.localdomain systemd[1180]: pulseaudio.service: Failed>
Mar 17 09:12:06 localhost.localdomain systemd[1180]: pulseaudio.service: Main p>
Mar 17 09:12:06 localhost.localdomain pulseaudio[1574]: pa_pid_file_create() fa>
Mar 17 09:12:06 localhost.localdomain pulseaudio[1574]: Daemon already running.
Mar 17 09:12:06 localhost.localdomain systemd[1180]: Starting Sound Service...
Mar 17 09:12:06 localhost.localdomain systemd[1180]: Stopped Sound Service.
Mar 17 09:12:06 localhost.localdomain systemd[1180]: pulseaudio.service: Schedu>
Mar 17 09:12:06 localhost.localdomain systemd[1180]: Failed to start Sound Serv>
lines 1-23...skipping...
-- Logs begin at Wed 2020-06-03 19:12:55 EDT, end at Wed 2021-03-17 09:29:21 EDT. --
Mar 17 09:12:06 localhost.localdomain systemd[1180]: Failed to start Sound Service.
Mar 17 09:12:06 localhost.localdomain systemd[1180]: pulseaudio.service: Failed with result 'exit-code'.
Mar 17 09:12:06 localhost.localdomain systemd[1180]: pulseaudio.service: Start request repeated too quickly.
Mar 17 09:12:06 localhost.localdomain systemd[1180]: Stopped Sound Service.
Mar 17 09:12:06 localhost.localdomain systemd[1180]: pulseaudio.service: Scheduled restart job, restart counter is at 4.
Mar 17 09:12:06 localhost.localdomain systemd[1180]: Failed to start Sound Service.
Mar 17 09:12:06 localhost.localdomain systemd[1180]: pulseaudio.service: Failed with result 'exit-code'.
Mar 17 09:12:06 localhost.localdomain systemd[1180]: pulseaudio.service: Main process exited, code=exited, status=1/FAILURE
Mar 17 09:12:06 localhost.localdomain pulseaudio[1577]: pa_pid_file_create() failed.
Mar 17 09:12:06 localhost.localdomain pulseaudio[1577]: Daemon already running.
Mar 17 09:12:06 localhost.localdomain systemd[1180]: Starting Sound Service...
Mar 17 09:12:06 localhost.localdomain systemd[1180]: Stopped Sound Service.
Mar 17 09:12:06 localhost.localdomain systemd[1180]: pulseaudio.service: Scheduled restart job, restart counter is at 3.
Mar 17 09:12:06 localhost.localdomain systemd[1180]: Failed to start Sound Service.
Mar 17 09:12:06 localhost.localdomain systemd[1180]: pulseaudio.service: Failed with result 'exit-code'.
Mar 17 09:12:06 localhost.localdomain systemd[1180]: pulseaudio.service: Main process exited, code=exited, status=1/FAILURE
Mar 17 09:12:06 localhost.localdomain pulseaudio[1574]: pa_pid_file_create() failed.
Mar 17 09:12:06 localhost.localdomain pulseaudio[1574]: Daemon already running.
Mar 17 09:12:06 localhost.localdomain systemd[1180]: Starting Sound Service...
Mar 17 09:12:06 localhost.localdomain systemd[1180]: Stopped Sound Service.
Mar 17 09:12:06 localhost.localdomain systemd[1180]: pulseaudio.service: Scheduled restart job, restart counter is at 2.
Mar 17 09:12:06 localhost.localdomain systemd[1180]: Failed to start Sound Service.
Mar 17 09:12:06 localhost.localdomain systemd[1180]: pulseaudio.service: Failed with result 'exit-code'.
Mar 17 09:12:06 localhost.localdomain systemd[1180]: pulseaudio.service: Main process exited, code=exited, status=1/FAILURE
Mar 17 09:12:06 localhost.localdomain pulseaudio[1571]: pa_pid_file_create() failed.
Mar 17 09:12:06 localhost.localdomain pulseaudio[1571]: Daemon already running.
Mar 17 09:12:06 localhost.localdomain systemd[1180]: Starting Sound Service...
Mar 17 09:12:06 localhost.localdomain systemd[1180]: Stopped Sound Service.
Mar 17 09:12:06 localhost.localdomain systemd[1180]: pulseaudio.service: Scheduled restart job, restart counter is at 1.
Mar 17 09:12:05 localhost.localdomain systemd[1180]: Failed to start Sound Service.
Mar 17 09:12:05 localhost.localdomain systemd[1180]: pulseaudio.service: Failed with result 'exit-code'.
Mar 17 09:12:05 localhost.localdomain systemd[1180]: pulseaudio.service: Main process exited, code=exited, status=1/FAILURE
Mar 17 09:12:05 localhost.localdomain pulseaudio[1565]: pa_pid_file_create() failed.
Mar 17 09:12:05 localhost.localdomain pulseaudio[1565]: Daemon already running.
Mar 17 09:12:05 localhost.localdomain systemd[1180]: Starting Sound Service...
Mar 17 09:12:05 localhost.localdomain systemd[1180]: pulseaudio.service: Succeeded.
Mar 17 09:12:05 localhost.localdomain systemd[1180]: Started Sound Service.
Mar 17 09:12:01 localhost.localdomain systemd[1180]: Starting Sound Service...

Pulseaudio service fails to start. First try:

systemctl stop --user pulseaudio.socket
rm -rf ~/.config/pulse/
systemctl start --user pulseaudio.socket

You may need to logout and login again. If that doesn’t help, try:

sudo dnf remove pulseaudio
rm -rf ~/.config/pulse/
sudo dnf install pulseaudio
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Many thanks, ersen, the first solution worked. All the best!

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