How To Kill Pulseaudio when audio stucks

Steps to kill pulsaudio.
Solution for when there is no sound and the soundservers is blocked by pulseaudio

On my desktop machine I have frequently a problem with Pulseaudio. After playing a flash movie (Youtube) it happens very often that I have no audio anymore on my Moviplayers like Movie Player or VLC.

The solution for this problem is to kill all Pluseaudio processes.

To kill all pulseaudio processes fist find the process numbers with:

ps aux| grep puls

The output is a list like this:
rob      19205  0.0  0.0   3236   796 pts/2    R+   16:06   0:00 grep puls

It's very good posible that you have more then one line output.
The second column is the process number. To kill the process use this command:
kill -9 19205

NOTE: Also kill /usr/lib/pulseaudio/pulse/gconf-helper !!!

Don't start anything, no soundserver, pulsaudio or alsa server.

Now you can start your favorite movie player again and you should have sound now.

IF PULSEAUDIO HANGS TOTALLY

Kill -9 [PULSAUDIO POCESS]   ( /usr/bin/pulseaudio -D )

My desktop info for some background info:

PCI info

lspci
00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation 82865G/PE/P DRAM Controller/Host-Hub Interface (rev 02)
00:01.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82865G/PE/P PCI to AGP Controller (rev 02)
00:1d.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801EB/ER (ICH5/ICH5R) USB UHCI Controller #1 (rev 02)
00:1d.1 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801EB/ER (ICH5/ICH5R) USB UHCI Controller #2 (rev 02)
00:1d.2 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801EB/ER (ICH5/ICH5R) USB UHCI Controller #3 (rev 02)
00:1d.3 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801EB/ER (ICH5/ICH5R) USB UHCI Controller #4 (rev 02)
00:1d.7 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801EB/ER (ICH5/ICH5R) USB2 EHCI Controller (rev 02)
00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801 PCI Bridge (rev c2)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation 82801EB/ER (ICH5/ICH5R) LPC Interface Bridge (rev 02)
00:1f.1 IDE interface: Intel Corporation 82801EB/ER (ICH5/ICH5R) IDE Controller (rev 02)
00:1f.2 IDE interface: Intel Corporation 82801EB (ICH5) SATA Controller (rev 02)
00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation 82801EB/ER (ICH5/ICH5R) SMBus Controller (rev 02)
00:1f.5 Multimedia audio controller: Intel Corporation 82801EB/ER (ICH5/ICH5R) AC'97 Audio Controller (rev 02)
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation NV34 [GeForce FX 5200] (rev a1)
02:05.0 Ethernet controller: 3Com Corporation 3c940 10/100/1000Base-T [Marvell] (rev 12)
02:0a.0 RAID bus controller: Silicon Image, Inc. SiI 3112 [SATALink/SATARaid] Serial ATA Controller (rev 02)
02:0c.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL-8139/8139C/8139C+ (rev 10)

Kernel info

uname -a
Linux HOSTNAME 2.6.27-7-generic #1 SMP Tue Nov 4 19:33:20 UTC 2008 i686 GNU/Linux

LINUX distro info

lsb_release -a
No LSB modules are available.
Distributor ID: Ubuntu
Description:    Ubuntu 8.10
Release:        8.10
Codename:       intrepid

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