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Old 11-17-2006, 05:54 PM   #1
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Why does sound go away AFTER I login to Dapper?

So, I've battled through getting RAID going on my laptop, and ATI proprietary video drivers to be confronted with an audio problem. I'm sorta a n00b, but I follow directions pretty well!

Here's my problem, when I boot up to the login screen Ubuntu plays the little drum roll sound fine. After login if I try to launch Totem it crashes and says "Could not establish a connection to the sound server". Or something close to that.

So I tried to follow this article, and have had no luck:
I've uninstalled, and reinstalled alsa like the article said, and that didn't seem to work. I've also tried alsamixer to see if it is just on mute, and it doesn't appear to be.

But here is some sample outputs from the commands it says to use:
root@ubuntu:/home/xman# cat /proc/asound/modules
0 snd_hda_intel

root@ubuntu:/home/xman# lspci -v
0000:00:1b.0 0403: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) High Definition Audio Controller (rev 02)        Subsystem: Uniwill Computer Corp: Unknown device 9070
        Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0, IRQ 50
        Memory at b0000000 (64-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=16K]
        Capabilities: [50] Power Management version 2
        Capabilities: [60] Message Signalled Interrupts: 64bit+ Queue=0/0 Enable-
        Capabilities: [70] #10 [0091]

root@ubuntu:/home/xman# aplay -l
**** List of PLAYBACK Hardware Devices ****
card 0: Intel [HDA Intel], device 0: ALC880 Analog [ALC880 Analog]
  Subdevices: 1/1
  Subdevice #0: subdevice #0
card 0: Intel [HDA Intel], device 2: ALC880 Digital [ALC880 Digital]
  Subdevices: 1/1
  Subdevice #0: subdevice #0

root@ubuntu:/home/xman# cat /proc/asound/modules
0 snd_hda_intel
Can anyone tell me what I've done wrong, or what I'm missing? I'm kinda stuck.

Last edited by SupaRice; 11-17-2006 at 06:21 PM.
Old 11-17-2006, 06:55 PM   #2
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To install the ATI driver in ubuntu:

sudo apt-get install xorg-driver-fglrx

However, ubuntu should come with:
X.Org X server -- ATI display driver
(xorg-driver-ati package)
Says synaptic:
This driver for the X.Org X server (see xserver-xorg for a further description)
provides support for the ATI Mach, Rage, Radeon, and FireGL series. It
provides the 'atimisc', 'r128' and 'radeon' sub-drivers.

Note that this is not the same as the ATI-provided, binary-only, 'fglrx'
driver, which provides additional 3D functionality for some newer Radeon
cards, but is not supported.

This driver provides support for Mach, Rage, Rage128, Radeon, and most
FireGL series ATI cards.

More information about X.Org can be found at:

This module can be found as the module 'driver/xf86-video-ati' at
After login if I try to launch Totem it crashes and says "Could not establish a connection to the sound server"
Please quote the exact error message.

However, the problem sounds familiar. I had the same thing with acer aspire 3003LC and breezy-badger and an SiS soundcard. The system sounds use ESD while the players and so on use alsa. ESD has claimed the soundcard, preventing alsa from having access. The workaround is to switch off ESD.

I havn't had this issue with breezy. But my system is different from yours.

Googling this issue showed me the following howto:

I've not tried this myself. If it don't help, just disable esd (you won't get system sounds but you will get sound for everything else.)


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