Ubuntu Multimedia :: My Sound (apparently) Randomly Mutes?

Jul 22, 2010

I'm using Ubuntu 10.04 up-to-date in my laptop HP Pavilion dv4-1290br.My sound seems to randomly get muted, after a few hours the laptop is on. I've checked the volumes, I've compiled and installed the very latest ALSA driver, tested it trying to play music and changing the volume in hardware and software. Nothing works. The sound simply gets muted until I reboot.

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Ubuntu :: Sound Randomly Mutes On Streaming Audio / Video

Aug 19, 2010

I have a gigabyte MB/rig connected to Svideo out on my TV. I have external PC speakers connected to my sound card. For some reason when I go to play video, streaming audio, or streaming video I get no sound. I go into alsamixer via CLI and all is unmuted. I reboot, sound is back. The next day I load boxee, no sound. It's not just boxee when I have no sound. If I close boxee and open vlc and stream online radio, I get no sound either. Reboot, sound is back. No external errors of hardware conflicts either.
Running Ubuntu 10.04, 64bit , kernel 2.6.32-24-generic

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uname -r

and this is the result of lspci:

00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Device 0044 (rev 02)
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Jun 15, 2010

This is one of two niggles I've had in migrating to ubuntu, which I must say is (otherwise) absolutely fab.

Problem 1 is an 18 month old "legacy" ATI card, which refuses to be fixed.

Problem 2 (I suspect) is more solvable.

When listening to music, (either from ..... or rhythmbox) after an indeterminate period of time, (it varies substantially from around 5 mins - 1 hour) the sound cuts out without warning. Videos continue to play, but in silence. This silence affects the browser as a whole (chromium). A workaround for this has been to simply restart the program, but this is becoming quite annoying. Sometimes issuing


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Oct 19, 2010

i upgraded to 10.10 several days ago. this is the second time i've had this problem since then, but the first time it was just a vlc problem, solved by restarting that program. now it's affecting vlc, audacious (tested to see if midis were affected, too, which they are), chrome, and firefox, and not just flash -- i tried the .ogg file embedded in this page, under "lyrics," and it had the same problem. and while typing this, i've heard system tones similarly afflicted. it wasn't happening earlier today, and i can't think of what might have caused it.

like the topic says, the problem is that the sound in all these environments has become what i can only describe as "robotic." like it's extremely compressed. evil r2-d2. it's not entirely divorced from what's supposed to be heard, because i've tried various videos videos with music and the rhythm is distinctly audible. in general, it's loud when it should be loud and quiet when it should be quiet.

sometimes the melody is distinguishable, too; it works best if there aren't many different sounds supposed to be audible. i can make out the melody in that "waltzing matilda" .ogg, for instance, and "tsubasa wo kudasai" isn't too bad -- i can actually make out the lyrics and the piano melody at the beginning (though i'm sure the k-on! version would sound much worse). the bass still translates into the same loud, robotic, constant-pitch sounds. (no, i'm not sure what note i keep hearing. middle c, maybe?) "wakko's america" has a lot of its vowels and consonants recognizable as well, probably because of its relative simplicity.

"bohemian rhapsody" is more problematic, but i can still make out the lyrics in the first 15 seconds or so, though they're still at that constant pitch. this, though? i can barely make out what some of the trumpets are supposed to be playing. this mario paint composer video is the closest to normal of all the ones i've checked, though it's still scratchy and all the "hearts" play that same bass note.

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Mar 12, 2010

I have a little problem with audio in Jaunty. Specifically every time I launch an application that features audio playback (decibel audio player, firefox on .....) sound output auto-mutes. Getting sound back is as simple as pressing the mute button on my keyboard, but it's still a curious issue. Unfortunately I can't provide many more details about the issue, as I hadn't logged in Ubuntu for a couple of weeks, so when I finally did, it downloaded a bunch of updates at once and any one of those could be responsible for this change in behaviour. I'm posting this here in case it rings any bells.

The problem appears to exhibit varied behaviour for various applications. e.g.:
Firefox: I need to un-mute once and then it appears to work normally, even if I restart the application.
Decibel: Need to un-mute once every time I launch it and if I pause playback for more than a few minutes.
Totem Movie Player: Need to un-mute every time I pause playback for more than a few seconds.

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Feb 12, 2010

i'm using ubuntu since 8.04, and the current (9.10) is a fresh install on new hdd.the problem was the same each version (8.04, 8.10, 9.04, 9.10) - while i'm playing the video (no matter if i use mplayer [smplayer], gstreamer [totem] or adobe flash plugin [videos]) the playback freezes randomly for about 5-10 sec. during the freeze the movie is still played, i can hear the sound is ok. if i press [space] in smplayer it pauses the playback, so the responses for keyboard actions are ok. not for the mouse clicks however. i can still move the cursor around the screen but it seems the system is not aware of it (clicking on the "pause" button doesnt pause the movie). except the cursor, nothing changes on the screen (if the im [pidgin] window was blinking because of new message, it freezes etc etc).

is there any kind of log i could look into just to try figuring out the problem?it is impossible to watch any movie on my pc (currently i don't have tv)i installed windows on external hdd once and it played videos fine so i suppose it's not hardware problem .

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Aug 22, 2010

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May 16, 2010

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May 30, 2010

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Apr 4, 2010

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Apr 27, 2011

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lsmod | grep snd
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May 26, 2010

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If I type:


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Since I started to use Suse 11.3, I've been having problems with my sound card. It starts normally and I can use it without further problems, until it randomly stops working. I don't know what causes it to stop working, it just does. Then, if I go to YaST>Hardware>Sound (it shows I have a 82801G (ICH7 Family) High Definition Audio Controller), press edit then reset, it works again!

I've been doing this for like 4 months, but I'm growing tired of doing it and not being able to just sit back and enjoy music on the amarok. I don't know what should I report, so that's why I only say the sound card identification.

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Sep 30, 2010

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With a newer alsa, plugging in headphones enables sound in both laptop speakers and headphones. Sometimes plugging in the headphones mutes everything, when I unmute it has the same behavior of playing sound out of both outputs. Changing to Analog Headphones enables playback with only the speaker but is always muted by default, requiring me to go into alsamixer. Removing pulse gets the correct behavior with just alsa, so pulse seems to be the culprit.

Here is my result of the alsa info script. I tried an option suggested in an alsa wikipage to do "snd-hda-intel: enable_msi=1". It did not help.


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Feb 9, 2011

I've got an Acer 7736 and had quite a few issues with no sound after my install of 10.10. After quite a bit of fiddling I managed to get that sorted and I now how have sound. I believe I'm using alsa although pulse also does seem to be on here. The reason I say I believe I'm using alsa is that after startup, I have no sound on speakers unless I unmute it in alsamixer.

As I understand it alsa's supposed to save your settings on logout/shutdown/reboot but this doesn't appear to be the case, and I'm not able to find any asound.conf or the like in the places they're apparently supposed to be.

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Apr 15, 2011

In 13.1, I added these lines to /etc/rc.d/rc.local
su - g -c startx

Everything starts except jedit. Yet when I put jedit in at the terminal, it starts normally. But jedit in rc.local does do something, it mutes all sounds for all users. Googling the problem produced only the ideas that $JAVA_HOME or $PATH was the problem. But I don't believe that is so in this case:

root@darkstar:~# echo $PATH
root@darkstar:~# echo $JAVA_HOME
root@darkstar:~# su g
g@darkstar:/root$ echo $PATH
g@darkstar:/root$ echo $JAVA_HOME

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May 6, 2010

I had a script before my machine broke recently that would allow me to select a folder then randomly copy MP3's from that folder to a USB drive. I cannot seem to find it again, the closest I came to is one called 'Randomcopy 0.6b' which has been modified for iPod Shuffle, and also the non-iPod version of the same script which appears to run fine but copies a bit too fast and nothing is placed on the device.

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Sep 12, 2010

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Jan 16, 2010

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Ubuntu Multimedia :: Audio Playback Randomly Stopping?

Mar 2, 2010

I've been tweaking my kernel for RT performance over the past few days, and just recently, it's begun randomly cutting sound playback, and I can't seem to figure out why.

Was watching a movie last night using VLC, and about 5 minutes in, sound playback just totally stopped while video kept working. Sound driver in VLC was set to Pulseaudio. I switched it to ALSA and the problem seemed fixed.

In Decibel Audio Player, the tracks randomly just stop in the middle of a song occasionally (every 5 songs or so, give or take), and a little red 'X' appears next to the track that got "skipped." Screenshot:


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Mar 19, 2010

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Sep 27, 2010

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Nov 10, 2010

Routinely, while I'm working on my laptop, the sound will randomly stop working and I can only get it back by rebooting. I can't seem to find any sort of pattern to what gets it to stop working, but I do have the following programs almost always running: Evolution, Chrome, Transmission, and Pidgin. I usually notice it first when Pidgin stops beeping when I receive IMs.

In the messages log I see lots of messages like this when the audio stops working:

Nov 9 10:35:04 jbirdjavi-l-u pulseaudio[2031]: sink-input.c: Failed to create sink input: sink is suspended.
Nov 9 10:35:42 jbirdjavi-l-u pulseaudio[2031]: last message repeated 7 times
Nov 9 10:38:18 jbirdjavi-l-u pulseaudio[2031]: sink-input.c: Failed to create sink input: sink is suspended.
Nov 9 10:39:29 jbirdjavi-l-u pulseaudio[2031]: last message repeated 8 times
Nov 9 10:40:42 jbirdjavi-l-u pulseaudio[2031]: last message repeated 3 times
Nov 9 11:01:16 jbirdjavi-l-u pulseaudio[2031]: sink-input.c: Failed to create sink input: sink is suspended.


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Dec 4, 2010

I'm really new to Linux (meaning that I never programmed or anything) but have a major issue here: I have been using Ubuntu since 9.04 (always upgrading) and always with this Laptop, without problems. Then I installed 10.10, didn't like it and downgraded to 10.04. Thats when the issue came up. So now I'm using Ubuntu 10.04 and have an Intel GMA 4500 graphic card. That, though, is all I know about the graphics on my Laptop.

The problem:Every now and then (mostly right after logging in, then randomly) my monitor will flicker quickly and then go black completely.

After I close the laptop and open it up again, the screen works fine for some seconds, then, without moving anything, it goes black again. Sometimes it just stays normal, too. Just changing the angle of the monitor doesn't help, only closing it completely and opening it.

1) It could be the cable loop.BUT: The issue only appears after logging on to Linux. And moving the monitor doesnt help, just closing it completely.

2) Graphic driver.I have no idea how the software part of Linux works considering graphics. I have read that many people have had problems with GMA 4500, so my hope is that it can be fixed.

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Jul 20, 2011

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Jun 1, 2010

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Jun 17, 2010

Following is the specification of my user environment.

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Acer Aspire 5542
AMD Turion 2 X2 M500 (2.2 GHz, 1MB L2 Cache)
ATI Radeon HD 4200
4GB DDR2 Memory
500 GB HDD 5400 RPM

Sometimes, both on Gnome MPlayer and Movie Player, videos clips won't play. I use mainly MKV file format and quite often, AVI. I have also installed Ubuntu-Restricted-Extras.

The players will literally not play. When I scroll, it goes through the video clip as if I'm fast forwarding when paused, and then it would still be frozen.

I only use Gnome MPlayer and it's been working fine until like two weeks ago, and when it happens it's also the same for the Movie Player. The problem stays there until I reboot my laptop.

It's random but quite often and it's now doing my head in. It would be nice if any of you gents could give me a good solution without getting involved another player, because I really like Gnome MPlayer.

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