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Old 11-30-2006, 03:19 PM   #16
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we were beginning to wonder if you were a total loon ( just kidding ) As you originally stated Ubuntu is a derivative of Debian and normally the tools in Debian would be in Ubuntu.. this just accentuates some of the subtle differences between the distributions.

Care to give Debian Etch a try ? heh

Best of luck to ya solving your issue.
Old 11-30-2006, 05:02 PM   #17
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Re: Sound no longer working in Ubuntu

Originally Posted by gpaciga
Unfortunately the Ubuntu Comprehensive Sound Problem Solutions Guide isn't quite as comprehensive as it needs to be, i.e., it didn't fix my problem. Thanks though. It's good to know at least that I'm not crazy for missing alsaconf...

Unfortunately I don't have anything to add that will help solve your problem but I do want to say how sorry I am to see terribly rude manner in which you have been treated here by 'rickh'. I feel it is TOTALLY unwarranted.

Also, I would like to commend you for your polite manner in handling these insults.

Kind regards.
Old 12-22-2006, 01:25 PM   #18
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how to fix it in ubuntu

I found this excellent trouble shooting guide for alsa:

Alsaconf just loads the proper kernel module, but if you can figure out which kernel module you need, all you need to do is modprobe it and then add a line to your /etc/modules.
Old 12-25-2006, 12:21 AM   #19
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Try Your motherboard front panel audio jumpers It worked for me

I thought it was driver problem but it was a problem with motherboard audio jumpers. My mother board has connector for front panel audio. I did not have that on my box so it was not connected. Because it was not connected the back panel audio would not work. Simply added jumpers where the front panel audio connects to the mother board and voilla. I have sound . It was not a driver or alsa problem at all.
Old 12-29-2006, 07:16 AM   #20
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Sound problems. please help!

i Have ubuntu dapper drake. the startup sound is fine. the GAIM sound is perfect. but if i try playing songs in totem it says "You don't have the necessary plugins........"
WHat command should i type?
Old 12-31-2006, 01:57 PM   #21
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You need the codecs i think here is how I got them follow this link

then follow the instructions. I use amarok instead of totem , I think it is better to get that open
Applications -> add/remove
type amarok in the search field
and then it should come up
select it then click apply.

You should also make sure to add restricted repositories actually do that first before anything else.
System->Administration-> Software Sources
select all the source options especially the one that says restricte becuase that has the mp3 and the other primary ones that you need.

You should also upgrade to "edgy" ubuntu 6.10 it is the lastest release.
Old 02-19-2007, 03:58 AM   #22
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things that have worked for me...

Since you say the sound worked last week, and it looks like the correct modules are loaded,
it doesn't seem like you need no rebuild anything or get more software. I have the same sound chip as you, so this SHOULD work... :>

First, try speaker-test and see if the speakers work and are still plugged in. This program seems to ignore any problems with settings.

Next, use alsamixer to make sure it's not trying to behave and be quiet. You may need to do 'sudo alsamixer'. At the bottom of the screen one item will be red. This is the one you're changing right now. Right above the item name there will be 2 numbers for the left and right volume. Above that will be either 00 for on or MM for mute. On my system Master, Headphones, PCM, CD and External are on, and should each have volumes above 20. If these aren't right, use the left and right arrows to get to the item wanted, and use the up arrow to increase the volume and < to unmute a channel.

If there's still a problem, try 'sudo alsactl restore 0'. This will restore the settings from a backup file. The sound chip we have has a name of 0 in ALSA for some reason.

Good Luck

Bob <>
Old 03-22-2007, 06:42 PM   #23
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Never missed alsaconf on my own computer, but unfortunately it's needed to compile the Realtek driver for my father's new Ubuntu system (the partial install he's got as a result of this error has left his computer operating only in failsafe terminal). Any advice on where to get alsaconf separately?
Old 04-19-2007, 07:50 PM   #24
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the lack of alsaconf in (k)ubuntu is one of the reasons I switched back to Knoppix, which may not be 100% debian but is a lot more Debian-esque than (k)ubuntu.
Old 04-19-2007, 09:03 PM   #25
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I am also using Ubuntu 5.10 and recently had same problem. I figured that this problem occured when I created a new user and logged in with that. To resolve this, what I did was running "users-admin" as root and enable "Use Audio Device" in the user previleges tab of user properties. After that I restarted my laptop and I got sound working back.

So, here if this is the case, please try above method. Let me know if you face any problem with this method (if this is the case)

Thanks, Kirtimaan
Old 05-31-2007, 06:25 PM   #26
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Try installing the plugins.
Old 11-29-2007, 03:14 PM   #27
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Originally Posted by kirtimaan_bkn View Post
I figured that this problem occured when I created a new user and logged in with that. To resolve this, what I did was running "users-admin" as root and enable "Use Audio Device" in the user previleges tab of user properties.
Using ubuntu feisty, couldn't understand why the sound was gone after I created a new user and deleted the old one (I plan to give the computer to someone else). Your method did the trick (as well for dvds and for access to hard drives, gosh, there were so many tick boxes to tick...), thanks a million!

Last edited by emergentia; 11-29-2007 at 04:07 PM.
Old 11-29-2007, 10:54 PM   #28
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Sound problem

I am running Ubuntu 7.04 and have had my sound quit a few times for no apparent reason. The only thing I have found that works, and not always the first time, is unplugging the sound from my system
and unplugging the power from the woofer. I am using an old Altec Lansing I salvaged off my wifes old Windows computer. I never had this problem with the original usb speakers that came with my Acer, but this sound is so much better. By the way the woofer supplies the power to the 2 small speakers.

Darryl Keller


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