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How to set pulseaudio control for root account in linux ubuntu
run pulseaudio as root

   
   
If speaker icon and its menu are inactive when you login as root in gnome graphical environment in ubuntu linux, you can do following to make pulseaudio control to works for root account as for user accounts.
I have tested this method to enable sound control on ubuntu 10 and 11

1. Login as root. If you do not know how read topics bellow

2. Open Startup Applications options menu. You can found it here System-->Preferences-->Startup Applications on classic view. If you use new style view you can find it by typing in applications filter.
You can open it also in following way:
-press Alt+F2 on your keyboard to open run menu
-type gnome-control-center and press Run to open gnome control center
-In Filter field type startup and then click on Startup Applications

3. Click on Add button

4. In Name field type something like Pulse Audio root Startup

5. In Command field type pulseaudio

6. Click on Add button

7. Close Startup Applications Preferences window

8. Log-off and then log-in again as root

 
     
   
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