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Ubuntu sound problem

Can't get the sound to work on Ubuntu, I tried everything I know, pls help me!!!

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  • dam1029 Jul 30, 2008


    I'm working with Ubuntu 8.04 Hardy and always have had some problems with the sound, but after the last update I don't have any sound even at system start. At this moment I can't re-install ubuntu. I have tried with the last two suggestions but any of it are working.

    When I try to switch the mute from desktop panel a message appears saying the GStreamer pluggins are not installed. I've re-installed the the gstreamer pluggins but there's no change.

    Thanks for your help

  • chef11994 Aug 03, 2008

    I tried both sudo command lines in ubuntu 8.04 and response was no such file. As stated in my original I get sound in system. I get sound when I go to generate noise however when I go to record I am not seeing the intense graph configuration as I saw in noise generate. Plus absolutely no sound on play.

  • griffonmask Aug 08, 2008

    I installed ubuntu about an hour ago, and sound is the only thing still not working. I'm using an Alienware m15x laptop with just an integrated intel sound card. Not sure what's wrong. Messed with all my sound settings and tried those two sude fixes, still no sound.

  • budiman_thok Aug 11, 2008

    my sound card is INTEL 82801AA-ICH,,but ican't hear anything ,,some body can help me,,??

  • nitinboladra Aug 30, 2008

    I have installed new kernel 2.6.26 on Ubuntu 8.04 but after rebooting there were no sound asking me to install gstreamer please suggest the solution

  • param1234 Aug 30, 2008

    hi josh .iam new to ubuntu n linux world.i installed ubuntu but m not able to listen to anythng. couse system is not detectin the onboard soundcard.
    it says (No volume control GStreamer plugins and/or devices found.).
    i guess my sound card is realtek vlc 883 onboard card.
    incase u could help me out vid it.i woud reali apretiate it .

  • NHJourney Aug 30, 2008

    I have no sound with Hardy (in fact, I started with Gutsy and didn't have sound either). I can play mp3's and CDs, but at a website with sound, say,, I get nothing. I tried the install packages, & start alsa utils, still nothing.

  • chokkuray Sep 02, 2008

    volume level is low, but in xp it is ok, what to do

  • Anonymous Oct 07, 2008

    Sound blaster Value does not work after "Ubuntu 8.04" is installed

  • resthavener Oct 12, 2008

    Solution 2 worked for me - whole load of new playback options appeared in Audacity including OSS (which works). I'm ubuntu newbie but seems like U does not install all of Alsa unless encouraged like this ...

  • Anonymous Oct 14, 2008

    NO Digital sound but headphone jack okay

  • Anonymous Oct 14, 2008

    My Mike is not working

  • Linux4Life Oct 22, 2008

    I have a Creative X Fi Extreme Gamer sound card. I just started using Linux yesterday. I have downloaded a driver from Creative for Linux but cannot figure out how to install the driver to make my sound card work. I am used to Windows not used to Linux but seem to be liking Linux so far but do not have sound. Please help

  • Anonymous Nov 08, 2008

    i get no sound at all

  • Lee92 Nov 11, 2008

    It's not working. I can't seem to enter anything in. Can i get step by step?

  • Anonymous Nov 18, 2008

    no sound coming form laptop- pc acer aspire 3690

  • mikexpxd Nov 22, 2008

    no sound on ubuntu, how do i fix it?

  • Anonymous Dec 03, 2008

    i installed ubuntu 8.0.4 and all the codecs the sound worked for a few days but then no sounde

  • Anonymous Dec 04, 2008

    Error message:
    No volume control GStreamer plugins and/or devices found.

    was messing wiht chmod just once and now I can't use alsa. Have uninstalled the alsa-utils and gstreamer files and then restored alsa and gstreamer files. I want to know how to restore the permissions file for alsa so that it will access my sound card.

    Really don't want to reinstall my nice Ubuntu 8.04 system.
    Thank you in advance.


  • ilyiayasmin Dec 05, 2008

    i get no sound at all from my acer aspire one model z95...i don't know what to do.....i'm am completely computer ilterate so please explain clearly if you can

  • Anonymous Dec 06, 2008

    audacity doesn't work on ubuntu 8.10

  • KennyGates Dec 07, 2008

    my laptop is Gateway MX3210, and it have no sound with Ubuntu 8.10. I tried many way to fix this problem but it still not work. Anyone can give solution ? Thanks.

  • Anonymous Dec 13, 2008

    fresh install of ubuntu 8.10, abit ib9, on-board sound. User is allowed to "Use audio devices"

  • Anonymous Dec 15, 2008

    I can't get my sound to work i have an integrated sound card.

  • manjeet449 Dec 17, 2008

    i just installed ubuntu linux 8.10 but i don't know which drivers it can support and how i get them i want full driver support for ubuntu linux 8.10 and plz describe which players i can use for maximum media support. if anyone know plz tell me.

  • j_rentsch Jan 04, 2009

    When i upgraded to Ubuntu 8.10 my sound stopped working and I booted into the previous release and my sound came back. I had been using intel 82801ca-ich3 sound card. I have no devices to choose from when i try to install drivers for sound in Ubuntu 8.10. Any help would be appreciated.

  • Anonymous Jan 19, 2009

    i have soundblaster creative i cannot install drivers

  • Anonymous Feb 24, 2009

    Tried everything, no alsamixer. can't think mad.... it's over...goodbye cruel world

  • Anonymous Mar 04, 2009

    Help me :P
    Got Sound When log in and Log off Later I cant Hear Anything

  • Steve Cornall Mar 25, 2009

    Thanks jhonF. I have had no sound ever since I switched to 8.04. I have searched the internet for weeks, reading about and trying solutions that seemed like they might work. None did. I had to use your full solution for success, but I now have sound again. Strange bug, hope it doesn't carry over to 8.1.

  • Anonymous Apr 15, 2009

    i cant get the sound to work

  • bluebrandy May 05, 2009

    I am brand new to Ubuntu, and I'm no computer expert. I have a Dell Dimension 8250 that uses a Creative Labs Sound Blaster Live sound card. I installed 9.04, and it appears to have installed my hardware drivers. However, I am unable to get any sound from my computer. I clicked on System-Preferences-Sound and attempted to run the various "Tests" using all the listed drivers. I clicked on the speaker icon above the right side of the desktop, and I raised all the various volume settings to mid-level. Still no sound. When I run XP the speakers work just fine. The problem could be something simple, but I have no idea what to do next. I have never used the command line and, if possible, I prefer to use the tabs and icons to adjust the configuration. In all other respects I like the Ubuntu OS, but this could be a deal breaker. Desperate for help!!



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Hi Josh

First of all check system setting.

It seems like your modules are not loaded, if you just installed, I recommend you to
re-install Ubuntu, if this is not the case, try to run -

sudo apt-get -f install

If everything fails, try this - sudo /etc/init.d/alsa-utils start

Posted on Jul 29, 2008

  • Anonymous Sep 07, 2008

    I found this also helps.

    sudo apt-get install module-assistant
    sudo m-a update
    sudo m-a prepare
    sudo m-a a-i alsa

    Good luck.




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I have sound working well in Ubuntu 8.04 - I have a Creative Labs XFI gamer extreme - Remove all Alsa and install OSS -

This should be very helpful.....


Posted on Oct 23, 2008

  • allegro_knox Oct 01, 2010

    im santhosh from bangalore, me using ubuntu 10.4,i hav creative 5.1 sound card,
    im facing many problem wit sound, it works wit rhythmbox player, when i use youtube no sound comes wit the video.




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I had installed some programs from Studio Ubuntu and I couldn't hear any music. I could see the video , but couldn't hear anything. Funny thing was that I could hear other sounds like the ringing from yahoo messenger.

I tried jhonF solution, restarted my comp and it worked..

and for those that are wondering  I have a compaq presario F700

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