Ubuntu Multimedia :: How To Downgrade ALSA

Dec 15, 2010

I have a lenovo G555, and there are plenty of forum posts complaining about the headphones not playing or muting speakers etc. I found two fixes for this issue in ubuntu 10.04.


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OpenSUSE Multimedia :: Configuring Alsa (or Alsa-oss) After Hardware Upgrade?

Nov 19, 2010

I have recently been forced to do a hardware upgrade (my previous mobo died). Now, sounds works ok with,amarok because kde has recognized the new hardware and switched to it.

..... does not work, likely because flash uses alsa-oss which is probably not configured automatically. I have tried uninstalling and reinstalling both alsa-oss and flash, but it didn't solve the problem.

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OpenSUSE Multimedia :: Update ALSA, Following The Instructions Here: SDB:Alsa-update?

Mar 17, 2011

I'm trying to update ALSA, following the instructions here: SDB:Alsa-update - openSUSE.I'm not sure how to proceed at STEP THREE. There are two sets of instructions, based on whether or not the kernel has been updated. I'm not sure if it has been. How can I make sure?

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Ubuntu Multimedia :: How To Downgrade Back To Nvidia-current

Feb 4, 2011

After running system update my dual monitor (twinview) setup stopped working.I believe this change ruined it: nvidia-current(260.19.29-0ubuntu1~xup-lucid4, 270.18-0ubuntu1~lucid~xup1)I've tried reworking NVIDEA X Server Settings with no success. I've tried some manual manipulation of xorg.conf with no success.I can't seem to figure out how to downgrade back to nvidia-current(260.19.29-0ubuntu1~xup-lucid4).

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Debian Multimedia :: Perl Base Downgrade - Packages Couldn't Be Installed

May 5, 2011

I have debian squeeze (and a bit of sid, actually). I wanted to install the newest pidgin, so I added at sources.list the sid repository, and tried to install pidgin, but it needed the newest perl-base 5.12.3-6 (from 5.10.1-17). So I let it upgrade. after that I realized that my mysql server isn't running, and actually this is my problem. So I tried reinstalling it, home:/home/amalia# apt-get install mysql-server-5.1. Reading package lists. Done Building dependency tree Reading state information. Done Some packages could not be installed. This may mean that you have requested an impossible situation or if you are using the unstable distribution that some required packages have not yet been created or been moved out of Incoming. The following information may help to resolve the situation: The following packages have unmet dependencies:


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Ubuntu Multimedia :: 9.10 - No Sounds Al All (ALSA 1.0.21)

Feb 9, 2010

I'm currently using Ubuntu 9.10 and since I've installed it, I don't have any sounds at all. Sounds work fine on windows. My version of alsa is 1.0.21. I made sure that I've got nothing muted in alsa mixer and it seems that ubuntu detects my sound card.
Card is HDA ATI SB
Chip: IDT 92HD75B2X5

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Ubuntu Multimedia :: Cannot Install / Use Alsa

Feb 14, 2010

Having had many problems with pulseaudio on a fresh karmic install, I followed some recommended instructions for removing pulse and using alsa (URL...). unfortunately, both pulse and alsa have gone and i'm left with oss which seems to work fine. I'd like to have alsa back though.When I open amarok, it plays the frst song on the playlist then pops up a series of 'could not initialise sound engine' messages, and crashes.

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Ubuntu Multimedia :: How To Reinstall The Alsa

Aug 2, 2010

Ubuntu 10.04, 64 bit. Sound was working well, thought I would run some scripts [URL] to install the latest version of alsa, but now I have no sound at all. The command aplay -l gives:

aplay: device_list:223: no soundcards found...

and the command

cat /proc/asound/version
cat: /proc/asound/version: No such file or directory

I no longer have a directory /proc/asound.If I open the window system>preferences>sound

there are no entries under hardware or output.I have tried to re-install alsa with this command:

sudo apt-get install --reinstall alsa-base alsa-tools alsa-tools-gui alsa-utils alsa-oss linux-sound-base alsamixergui

but still no sound.

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Ubuntu Multimedia :: Upgrading The ALSA In 8.04?

Nov 12, 2010

Hardy Heron includes ALSA 1.0.15 but I need at least 1.0.16 to make VMWare player happy with it. I couldn't find the packages in backports, but maybe I missed it.

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Ubuntu Multimedia :: SB X-Fi Surround 5.1 USB - ALSA

May 27, 2011

I'm having trouble after installing Lubuntu-desktop on top of a Ubuntu Server (64 bit). about the reason for this abomination of distributions is to achieve 64 bit Lubuntu. I used to run Ubuntu 64 straight, but didn't like Unity at all; Arch Linux was great up until now, but I'd like to settle down and focus more on productivity.

The situation is thus: I cannot manage to make my X-Fi USB sound card work without hacks, and at best it only works in some applications. I *think* it may be a bug in ALSA, but I had no problem in the latest versions of Ubuntu (11.04 as of this) and Xubuntu even (11.04?).

I can currently only play media in VLC media player using the following hack in my ~./asoundrc


This works as expected, but not for many applications (which fail to launch, with a error message related to below (no mixer controls))


What could I be missing? Some diagnostic information (any other information on request):


I also posted this question here: [url]

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Ubuntu Multimedia :: Keep ALSA Drivers Working?

Jan 9, 2010

Running songbird, have been just fine for months, now every time I try to play a file I get "autoaudiosink and alsasink are missing." I can cure this by following the "Getting the ALSA drivers from a *fresh* kernel" instructions in the comprehensive sound solutions guide. But I have to do this *every time* I restart my computer. How can I fix this permanently?

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Ubuntu Multimedia :: Speakers Not Working With ALSA?

Feb 5, 2010

I have an HP-dc5800 computer, and my internal speaker was not working, no matter what i did. However, i could get sound with headphones. Here is what i did to fix it. It may work for you.

sudo gedit /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base.conf Add options snd-hda-intel model=hp-m4 enable_msi=1 to the end of the file. I changed model=hp-m4 to model=hp-dc5800. So, changing the model to the model of your computer may work. Underneath that, i put in; options snd-hda-intel enable=1 enable_msi=1 single_cmd=1 power_save_controller=1 here is a list of some of the models. http://www.kernel.org/doc/Documentat...dio-Models.txt

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Ubuntu Multimedia :: Replacing Failed OSS With ALSA

Apr 22, 2010

I tried to install OSS to see if it would allow my mircophone to work properly in the WinXP guest I was running in VirtualBox. I couldn't get it to install properly so now I'm left without any sound on my system. I was wondering how I could get rid of what ever files from OSS that are left and reinstall ALSA.I'm running Ubuntu 9.10.

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Ubuntu Multimedia :: High CPU Usage With ALSA?

Jun 30, 2010

OSS, even though it's emulated *through* ALSA, consumes a microscopic fraction of straight ALSA's CPU usage. For example, when I'm playing something through ALSA with XMMS2, I'm getting about 25-30% CPU usage, but with OSS output, only 2%, tops. The same applies to any other application in which I can choose the output method. And, I'm on 10.04.

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Ubuntu Multimedia :: Alsa Not Working At Startup?

Aug 2, 2010

My audio was working just fine up until today, when I was working on some audio production stuff. I did QjackCtl, and also ran pulse-jack so I could use another app not in jack. Now, upon a boot up, there is no gnome-volume-control-applet or gnome-volume-control running. When I run gnome-volume-control it says there is no sound device (without Jack running). When I do it with Jack and Pulseaudio running (doing QjackCtl and pulse-jack), gnome-volume-control shows info about jack, but no hardware. I have sound, I just can't affect it volume-wise, etc. When I run pacmd I get this:

$ pacmd
Daemon not responding.

When I close QjackCtl I then get an error in a window that says merely: Waiting for sound system to respond.

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Ubuntu Multimedia :: Only One App Can Play Sound On Alsa?

Aug 24, 2010

I have Ubuntu Lucid. If i dont' mistake, it should be possible to hear several applications playing sound simultaneously, with ALSA. But if 1 app is already playing, then starting a second one give always "device is busy".

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Ubuntu Multimedia :: Redirecting ALSA Over JACK 10.4 - 3

Sep 9, 2010

I finally ditched PulseAudio and set up my system with a realtime kernel. I'm redirecting ALSA over JACK. The good: - Awesome, I can get <5ms latency without any xruns! (although 23.2 msec as described below is just fine for me) The bad: - I'm a long-time linux audio user, but have got some minor issues which spoil the fun.

1. Without pulseaudio, the indicator applet refuses to show a volume control applet. The old gnome-volume-control-applet (the one with tooltip!) loads but doesn't show in the gnome-panel. Although I can set the volume with envy24control, it's not quite as practical as using the scrollwheel! Any way to fix this?

2. When I launching any application (such as a terminal) from the gnome-panel, a new JACK connection is created, but not cleaned up after closing the application. As a result, the QJackCtl connection list is flooded with alsa-jack.jackP.8528.xx connections (where 8528 is the process ID of gnome-panel). The jack_lsp command line program shows the same (added spaces after every : to get around the smiley filter):


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Ubuntu Multimedia :: How To Capture Sound With ALSA

Oct 1, 2010

I recently converted an amd 64 bit WINdows machine to Lucid 64 bit. Everything has gone well. I had numerous issues with Pulseaudio that I removed it. Sound with Alsa has been great, including system theme sounds. I can record via a mike as well. What I cannot do is to capture sounds coming through the sound card. When I record I am getting empty files. The mixer indicates that there are two capture devices. Here is some data on my audio card.

**** List of PLAYBACK Hardware Devices ****
card 0: SB [HDA ATI SB], device 0: ALC888 Analog
[ALC888 Analog]
Subdevices: 1/1
Subdevice #0: subdevice #0
card 0: SB [HDA ATI SB], device 1: ALC888 Digital
[ALC888 Digital]
Subdevices: 1/1
Subdevice #0: subdevice #0
card 1: HDMI [HDA ATI HDMI], device 3: ATI HDMI [ATI
Subdevices: 1/1
Subdevice #0: subdevice #0

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Ubuntu Multimedia :: Replacing Failed OSS With ALSA?

Oct 14, 2010

So I tried to install OSS to see if it would allow my mircophone to work properly in the WinXP guest I was running in VirtualBox. I couldn't get it to install properly so now I'm left without any sound on my system. I was wondering how I could get rid of what ever files from OSS that are left and reinstall ALSA. I'm running Ubuntu 9.10.

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Ubuntu Multimedia :: Sound Not Working With ALSA

Nov 5, 2010

I was having a problem with ALSA, installed OSS, but now nothing works. I want to remove OSS, and reinstall ALSA. I am thinking about reinstalling, but I have all my stuff on here, so don't really want to.

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Ubuntu Multimedia :: Alsa Works - But Not Pulse

Jan 27, 2011

This is a fresh install of 10.10 (although I had the problem on 10.04 as well). I have installed MythTV on here (via apt-get, its not MythBuntu), and use the system primarily for that. Myth works great, sound in everything, no problems.

However, not much else can play sound. Firefox (.....), totem, mplayer, all nothing. Either just no sound or crash. If I can set them to use Alsa (eg: VLC), then they work.

System is an Asus P5B and on-board sound. I've also got an Nvidia GT210 and would like to use the HDMI out, but can't get anything at all to go through this. Don't know if thats related or not. Sound problems existed before adding the GT210.

One strange thing is, I can go into Preferences -> Sound -> Hardware and click "Test Speakers". Of course nothing plays. However, if I then set the onboard card to "Off", and then back to "Analogue Stereo Duplex", then click "Test Speakers", the left speaker works (right is still silent). But from then on, Pulse apps can play sound, until next reboot. Having FF open on a ..... video or something similar prevents Myth from playing sounds however.

What can I do to get sound working sanely? I don't need optical out, surround or anything. Simple stereo will be fine at this point, via either the onboard or the GT210.

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Ubuntu Multimedia :: Skype Can Only See Pulseaudio But Not Alsa Devices

Feb 26, 2010

i am having a problem with skype that i wasn't having before, and afaik skype hasn't been upgraded recently, so something else presumably has changed.

because of driver issues i have to use an external usb audio interface to do voip. this interface is not connected to the pulseaudio server. i am able to connect it to jackd and it works fine for both audio in and out. however it no longer shows up in the list of sound devices available to skype. this used not to be the case. i have tried stopping and restarting skype, as well as unplugging and reattaching the interface. the interface does not show up in pulseaudio manager in the lists of devices.

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Ubuntu Multimedia :: How To Remove Alsa-driver Install

May 3, 2010

what I did was searched a solution on google and i read something about install alsa-driver. So I downloaded it and tried to install it (took a very long time) and didn't installed (errormsg). When I looked a little further i saw my microphone was muted in the audio settings (DOH !)but now everytime i do an apt-get i get this error message from alsa-driver that want to setup


sudo apt-get install gcc
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done


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Ubuntu Multimedia :: ALSA Not Detecting Soundcard On Reboot?

Jul 9, 2010

I'm having a rather peculiar problem with sound in Ubuntu 10.04. Specifically, every time I reboot I run through a cycle of sorts:

A). Sound is working fine. Reboot

B). No sound. "aplay -l" returns "no card found". Additionally, the hibernate and suspend buttons are missing from the shutdown menu and restart acts as log out, immediately returning me to the log in screen (sudo reboot in console works). I try to fix the problem by the following commands:


$sudo apt-get --purge remove linux-sound-base alsa-base alsa-utils
$sudo apt-get install linux-sound-base alsa-base alsa-utils
$sudo reboot

C). After rebooting sound works normally again and I get the following:


aplay -l
**** List of PLAYBACK Hardware Devices ****
card 0: Intel [HDA Intel], device 0: VT1828S Analog [VT1828S Analog]
Subdevices: 2/2


I have "linux-backports-modules-alsa-lucid-generic" installed. I have been experiencing problems with audio since I bought this M/B, but with 9.10 things were stable and with my previous 10.04 installation bearable. Now, however, I practically can't work. I have to run the aforementioned routine every time I reboot. Additionally, I don't if it is relevant, but the problems started after I installed the audio drivers in Windows (another royal mess, but at least now it's stable and it works)

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Ubuntu Multimedia :: No Sound In Lucid After Alsa Upgrade?

Jul 15, 2010

So i upgraded to 10.04 a few months ago, right after it was released. clean install. it worked perfectly out of the box, or so it seemed. I had had sound problems in 9.10 that i didn't experience after i upgraded... until i tried to use some headphones a few days ago. when i connected the headphones, the speakers wouldn't mute. i thought it was no big deal. i had the same issue in 9.10 and it was fixed after i upgraded alsa. i figured i'd try the same thing. I used the same alsa upgrade script i used last time [URL] and it fixed the jack sensing and the sound worked perfectly... for about 5 minutes. after a short while of playing audio, sound would stop playing. i'd stop getting sound from video files, audio files, and even from my browser. i'd have to reboot to get sound again... only to lose it again in about 10 minutes. Now it's regressed to the point where i have no sound even after i reboot.

weird thing is, when i test out an audio file with aplay, it works... even if i just get garbage sound from some mp3 files.

anyway, i've got an HP dv7 and this is my aplay -l output

sleepee@sleepee-laptop:~$ aplay -l
**** List of PLAYBACK Hardware Devices ****
card 0: Intel [HDA Intel], device 0: STAC92xx Analog [STAC92xx Analog]
Subdevices: 1/1


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Ubuntu Multimedia :: No Sound After Installing Alsa Package?

Aug 8, 2010

after installing alsa package, i have no sound.

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Ubuntu Multimedia :: Cant Find Alsa From Audio Preferences

Sep 9, 2010

The problem is that banshee mutes sound for other apps like flash, the solution is to select alsa for the devices in audio preferences... but don't have that in the list, only "internal audio analog stereo".

This wasn't a problem until i made some updates and got broken sound, to fix it i used the AlsaUpgrade script. I'm using Ubuntu 10.04 by the way.

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Ubuntu Multimedia :: ALSA Plugin Produces No Sound?

Oct 21, 2010

I've no problems with sound on my laptop - it all works fine but Flash produces no sound at all.

I've got the Pulse audio applet running and when I'm using Rhythmbox it shows that on the playback tab and you can see the signal on the signal bar.

Viewing Flash videos shows the ALSA Plugin but shows no signal on the signal bar.

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Ubuntu Multimedia :: ALSA Sound Not Working After Update

Oct 25, 2010

At least, I think it was the update that broke it. Anyway, my sound was working fine yesterday. I have gone through this thread to try and fix my sound, and it appears that my sound card has been uninstalled.

Step 1. aplay -l
aplay: device_list:235: no soundcards found...

Step 2. lspci -v
00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation 82845G/GL[Brookdale-G]/GE/PE DRAM Controller/Host-Hub Interface (rev 01)
Subsystem: Micro-Star International Co., Ltd. Device 5770
Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0
Memory at e0000000 (32-bit, prefetchable) [size=64M]
Capabilities: <access denied>
Kernel driver in use: agpgart-intel
Kernel modules: intel-agp .....

sudo modprobe snd-intel8x0
WARNING: All config files need .conf: /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base, it will be ignored in a future release.
FATAL: Error inserting snd_intel8x0 (/lib/modules/2.6.31-22-generic/kernel/sound/pci/snd-intel8x0.ko): Unknown symbol in module, or unknown parameter (see dmesg)

Last time my sound wasn't working, I was directed to this thread. The script from this thread might work again, but if it will just be erased after every update, I'd like something a bit more permanent.

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Ubuntu Multimedia :: Lost Simultaneous Use Of ALSA And PulseAudio?

Nov 7, 2010

i am using ubuntu 10.04 lts "lucid lynx", and has been encountering problems with audio recently.

i found out for some reason that my system fails to produce sound through pulseaudio, especially when an application is using it (e.g audacious).

the details of the problem:

1. i am using the pulseaudio equalizer from the repository, and i set a program (e.g. audacious) to use pulseaudio so that i can activate the equalizer.

2. while playing, all of my other applications lose the ability to produce any sound, and changing back to alsa during playback (which is using pulseaudio) in audacious indicates that the device is busy. examples include the loss of sound while playing a video from videos.

rough breakdown of what i want to (be able to) do: have sound for all applications using it, for example being able to play a video in videos from my browser and play music in audacious simultaneously.

is there a workaround for this? i'd like to think that there is, but so far my search returned nil.

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