I have discovered that Alsa is indeed the problem, yet I dont know how to avoid it. I can't switch to headphones without it messing up. It seems that pressing the mute key and unpressing it will make the audio no longer work for the session. It only seems to work occasionally on reboots, and I am really confused, shouldn't linux boot the same way each time? Is there an alternative to Alsa since I figured out it is the problem? Why might this be? Has anyone else had the same problem, and knows how to fix it?
My laptop is Asus, and while that is generally the least compatible, everything else works and I haven't run into any wireless adapter errors. I've gotten this far, yet I've reached a brick wall. I tried updating my bios as I read somewhere that would work, but it didn't.
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System: Host: ***** Kernel: 4.15.0-20-generic x86_64 bits: 64 gcc: 7.3.0 Desktop: Cinnamon 3.8.9 (Gtk 3.22.30-1ubuntu1) dm: lightdm Distro: Linux Mint 19 Tara Machine: Device: laptop System: ASUSTeK product: GL503VM v: 1.0 serial: N/A Mobo: ASUSTeK model: GL503VM v: 1.0 serial: N/A UEFI: American Megatrends v: GL503VM.311 date: 03/13/2018 Battery BAT1: charge: 59.0 Wh 100.0% condition: 59.0/64.4 Wh (92%) volts: 5.4/15.2 model: ASUS A32-K55 serial: N/A status: Full CPU: Quad core Intel Core i7-7700HQ (-MT-MCP-) arch: Skylake rev.9 cache: 6144 KB flags: (lm nx sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 vmx) bmips: 22464 clock speeds: min/max: 800/3800 MHz 1: 3500 MHz 2: 3408 MHz 3: 3499 MHz 4: 3496 MHz 5: 3461 MHz 6: 3408 MHz 7: 3498 MHz 8: 3504 MHz Graphics: Card: NVIDIA GP106M [GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile] bus-ID: 01:00.0 chip-ID: 10de:1c20 Display Server: x11 (X.Org 1.19.6 ) drivers: nouveau (unloaded: modesetting,fbdev,vesa) Resolution: firstname.lastname@example.org OpenGL: renderer: NV136 version: 4.3 Mesa 18.0.5 (compat-v: 3.0) Direct Render: Yes Audio: Card Intel CM238 HD Audio Controller driver: snd_hda_intel bus-ID: 00:1f.3 chip-ID: 8086:a171 Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture v: k4.15.0-20-generic Network: Card-1: Realtek RTL8111/8168/8411 PCIE Gigabit Ethernet Controller driver: r8169 v: 2.3LK-NAPI port: d000 bus-ID: 02:00.0 chip-ID: 10ec:8168 IF: enp2s0 state: down mac: <filter> Card-2: Intel Wireless 8265 / 8275 driver: iwlwifi bus-ID: 04:00.0 chip-ID: 8086:24fd IF: wlp4s0 state: up mac: <filter> Drives: HDD Total Size: 1128.2GB (2.8% used) ID-1: /dev/sda model: SanDisk_SD8SN8U1 size: 128.0GB serial: <filter> ID-2: /dev/sdb model: HGST_HTS721010A9 size: 1000.2GB serial: <filter> Partition: ID-1: / size: 456G used: 29G (7%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sdb3 RAID: System: supported: N/A No RAID devices: /proc/mdstat, md_mod kernel module present Unused Devices: none Sensors: System Temperatures: cpu: 53.0C mobo: N/A Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: 0 Repos: Active apt sources in file: /etc/apt/sources.list.d/official-package-repositories.list deb http: //packages.linuxmint.com tara main upstream import backport #id:linuxmint_main deb http: //archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu bionic main restricted universe multiverse deb http: //archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu bionic-updates main restricted universe multiverse deb http: //archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu bionic-backports main restricted universe multiverse deb http: //security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ bionic-security main restricted universe multiverse deb http: //archive.canonical.com/ubuntu/ bionic partner Active apt sources in file: /etc/apt/sources.list.d/skype-stable.list deb [arch=amd64] https: //repo.skype.com/deb stable main Info: Processes: 242 Uptime: 25 min Memory: 2178.2/15996.1MB Init: systemd v: 237 runlevel: 5 Gcc sys: 7.3.0 Client: Unknown python3.6 client inxi: 2.3.56