I’m on Fedora 38 with Gnome and I’ve got 2 CD Drives connected to my PC via USB since I need them for transferring some files. While doing that I was watching some Videos on Youtube and started noticing that whenever the drives were disconnected or opened (unmounted?) the sound immediately stopped working. I’m using bluetooth headphones so I could hear the basic noise they make whenever sound is playing so I could tell it was trying to play sound, but nothing could be heard. Given that it’s two drives, one small form factor one that’s native USB and a SATA one with an adapter, we can likely rule out that it’s a problem with the drives itself but anything beyond that is beyond my comprehension.
Have you tried going into the gnome settings and choosing which device does output? I’ve noticed on my system that plugging and unplugging things occasionally messes with which output device is used.
I have tried that and I can select my headphones but there is still no output. There is, as stated previously, the basic white noise they do whenever something is playing but no actual sound, not even the test sounds.
Then I’m not really sure what’s going on. I don’t use cd drives, so I haven’t experienced this.
Hopefully someone else may be able to help.