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Old 01-03-2012, 05:44 PM   #1
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Trouble fixing sound for my Debian machine


After making a catastrophic mistake on my ubuntu installation (I chown'd..... everything recursively.... doh). I decided the easiest way to fix it for a linux newbie like me would be to reinstall. However I decided to go with Debian instead of Ubuntu for various reasons.

After my install yesturday I have noticed that I have no audio at all . I believe this could have something to do with my sound card being of the Intel HD Audio variety(?).

I checked the SoundFAQ, sound did not work for myself or root (it is not muted in anyway). I am in the group audio. I tried alsaconf... but didn't have it. So used alsactl init and rebooted which didn't fix it. So I downloaded the latest alsa-driver, alsa-lib and alsa-utils from the alsa project website (1.0.24) extracted them to /usr/src and then performed ./configure make and make install to install the newer drivers as I saw this fixed the issue for other people. It didn't, I tried alsactl init and reboot again and then alsaconf (which now existed) and rebooted and still no luck. I am running out of ideas now

matt@Matt-Desktop:~$ lspci -v | grep -i audio
00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation 82801JI (ICH10 Family) HD Audio Controller

I guess the drivers where installed correctly since I now have a name in the listing for the audio device instead of unknown device like I got before the new alsa install.

I hope I have provided enough information and someone is able to help me get back my audio.

Thanks
 
Old 01-03-2012, 08:54 PM   #2
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Have you run alsamixer and verified that nothing's muted?

I've never had problems with Intel audio, but I could have just been lucky.
 
Old 01-04-2012, 01:16 AM   #3
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Have you run alsamixer and verified that nothing's muted?

I've never had problems with Intel audio, but I could have just been lucky.
There are a few that are muted, but these are surround, center, etc. I only have front speakers which have a single green 3.5mm jack, plugged in the green port. Master and front are unmuted. Along wiuth PCM, Mic, Headphones, CD, line, SPDifD.
 
Old 01-04-2012, 08:31 PM   #4
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Those alsa settings sound typical.

Just for grins and giggles, if you haven't already done so, start an audio clip and try jacking the speakers into the other output ports. I've found the color codes aren't always reliable.
 
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Those alsa settings sound typical.

Just for grins and giggles, if you haven't already done so, start an audio clip and try jacking the speakers into the other output ports. I've found the color codes aren't always reliable.
Oh god!I tried that before the upgrade, but not after!

Thanks for the help guys. It's far too easy to blame a new distro and then make yourself look stupid

Note to self, and all other linux newbies, try the simple and obvious ideas first!
Although in failure I have learned more than I would have done if it worked first time. My first successful installation from source
 
  


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