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Old 03-14-2019, 06:52 AM   #1
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No sound when attempting to play videos


I don't know what I did, but somehow I managed to turn off the sound on my laptop speakers.

Here's my setup:
Toshiba Satellite E45t-A4300
OS: Ubunutu 18.04

I have checked Settings to see if the speakers are muted, and they are not. Yesterday, I tested the speakers, and I did in fact get the test voice for the Left and Right speakers, although I couldn't get any sound when playing videos, or anything else. But today I can't even get the test voice for the speakers.

After Googling for fixes, I have tried the following groups of terminal window commands, to no avail:

pulseaudio -k

sudo alsa force-reload

sudo lspci

alsamixer
sudo alsa force-reload

sudo apt-get remove --purge alsa-base pulseaudio
sudo apt-get install alsa-base pulseaudio
sudo alsa force-reload

sudo gedit /etc/default/speech-dispatcher (This one was to try to edit a text file o "RUN=yes". I did that, rebooted, and no joy.)

After each of these groups of commands, I rebooted, but nothing works.

Surely there is another approach to solve this problem.

By the way, everything else on the laptop works just fine. I just don't have any sound.

Thanks in advance for your help.
 
Old 03-14-2019, 07:18 AM   #2
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sometimes it is a simple as checking to see if the system muted your sound. if you installed pavucontrol for pulseaudio. Open that, then click on that little speaker for the app that is connected to your sound, or speakers, or head phones, or all of them to see if it is muted.

being Ubunututututu way back when I was using it, that is what it would always do, mute my sound. So I'd have to go through all of what it makes one do to just put it back the way it should be, not muted. That is just one of the annoying things I found it always doing.

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Old 03-14-2019, 09:34 AM   #3
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I would recommend going into the GUI settings tool - I have found it is so much easier to diagnose and fix sound issues. Note that devices can be switched on and off from here. I actually found on my new PC that one of the devices was switched off here and since switching it on, it has been fine.
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Old 03-14-2019, 10:22 PM   #4
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BW-userx, your suggestion to fire up pavucontrol did the trick!

I keyed in "pavucontrol" in a terminal window, and a GUI came up, which allowed me to poke around and try some things. I found that selecting another output device is what did it. Thanks so much!
 
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BW-userx, your suggestion to fire up pavucontrol did the trick!

I keyed in "pavucontrol" in a terminal window, and a GUI came up, which allowed me to poke around and try some things. I found that selecting another output device is what did it. Thanks so much!
you're welcome.
 
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happy birthday !!!

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