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#1 2020-10-30 18:56:02

Registered: 2020-10-06
Posts: 3

[SOLVED] Incredibly soft sound in Qutebrowser

Since a few months my sound in Qutebrowser is not working properly anymore. In general, I can hear no sound at all, but when playing a video which has really loud sounds I can hear those incredibly softly (as if someone is whispering meters away). This is the same when I use my laptop build in speakers as when I use headphones.

I have been using Firefox instead for the past few months (here sound does work just like in any other application) hoping it would get fixed with an update, so far this did not happen.

At the time I thought the Reddit post (1) shown below might be related. Reddit post (2) might be related as well, this one received an update three days ago referencing a new Github issue.

I furthermore tried what is adviced at (3) and (4). Meaning I tried to use the `qutebrowser-git` package instead of the `qutebrowser` package without any succes. I tried using the alternative backend for qutebrowser by installing `qt5-webkit`, since this did not allow me to play videos at all I additionally installed `gst-plugins-{base,good,bad,ugly} gst-libav`. Using this I was able to play videos, but the sound problem was not solved and Qutebrowser started to crash. (I used `qutebrowser --backend=webkit` to run with using webkit.)

At last, some Qutebrowser information is shown below. This is using the normal `qutebrowser` package.

$ qutebrowser --version
qutebrowser v1.14.0
Git commit:
Backend: QtWebEngine (Chromium 80.0.3987.163)
Qt: 5.15.1

CPython: 3.8.6
PyQt: 5.15.1

sip: 5.4.0
colorama: 0.4.4
pypeg2: 2.15
jinja2: 2.11.2
pygments: 2.7.2
yaml: 5.3.1
cssutils: no
attr: 20.2.0
PyQt5.QtWebEngineWidgets: yes
PyQt5.QtWebEngine: 5.15.1
PyQt5.QtWebKitWidgets: no
pdf.js: no
sqlite: 3.33.0
QtNetwork SSL: OpenSSL 1.1.1h  22 Sep 2020

Style: QFusionStyle
Platform plugin: xcb
OpenGL: Intel, 4.6 (Compatibility Profile) Mesa 20.2.1
Platform: Linux-5.9.1-arch1-1-x86_64-with-glibc2.2.5, 64bit
Linux distribution: Arch Linux (arch)
Frozen: False
Imported from /usr/lib/python3.8/site-packages/qutebrowser
Using Python from /usr/bin/python3
Qt library executable path: /usr/lib/qt/libexec, data path: /usr/share/qt

cache: /home/borroot/.cache/qutebrowser
config: /home/borroot/.config/qutebrowser
data: /home/borroot/.local/share/qutebrowser
runtime: /run/user/1000/qutebrowser
system data: /usr/share/qutebrowser

Autoconfig loaded: no /home/borroot/.config/qutebrowser/ has been loaded
Uptime: 0:00:00

1. … tebrowser/
2. … tebrowser/
4. … o_playback and … stallation

Thanks a lot for your attention. I will be looking forward to any replies :).

Last edited by borroot (2021-01-28 19:15:32)


#2 2021-01-28 17:46:13

Registered: 2020-10-06
Posts: 3

Re: [SOLVED] Incredibly soft sound in Qutebrowser

Today my Qutebrowser updated to version 2.0.0, the issue is still not solved. I just discovered something else very interesting though.

When I watch a youtube video from the command line using `mpv url` (with youtube-dl) I have normal sound like you would expect, however when I spawn mpv using from Qutebrowser using `:spawn mpv {url}` I have the same sound problem as I have when using Qutebrowser! This is just bizar, if anyone has any idea of where something might go wrong in the audio pipeline I would be so happy to hear, I am completely lost with this issue.

By the way, I was a bit fed up with using Firefox, so I got back to using Qutebrowser only, whenever I need to play a video I use `pactl set-sink-volume 0 800%` to circumvent this problem. Obviously this is not desired, for example, whenever I receive a notification from another application with sound or when I forget to put it back and use an application with sounds.......

Greatest thanks for your attention!

Last edited by borroot (2021-01-28 19:16:08)


#3 2021-01-28 19:15:13

Registered: 2020-10-06
Posts: 3

Re: [SOLVED] Incredibly soft sound in Qutebrowser

Alright, I have finally, after almost a year, solved the problem. I have installed a GUI controller for volume for the first time `pavucontrol-qt` where I could simply slide up the sound bar for Qutebrowser.....

I am extremely happy it is solved, but I am very confused to how this happened and why I did not come across anything suggesting this. I have never changed the sound of a specific application, I do not even know how to do this through the terminal.

Anyways, will mark this thread as solved.

Last edited by borroot (2021-01-28 19:15:53)


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