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No sound on linux

Post by undercom » Fri Nov 25, 2011 1:07 am

I am currently using Linux Mint on a dell computer with Windows XP, because it somehow lost its connection to the internet entirely. The problem is that when using Linux Mint, which is able to get the internet, I have no sound whatsoever. What should I do? Please understand that I won't understand most computer lingo, so please keep it in terms I can comprehend. Any help is appreciated. Thank you!

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Re: No sound on linux

Post by mank_in » Fri Nov 25, 2011 1:30 am

Hello undercom :)
If you want people help you , you must tell us what type of your computer or what type your soundcard.
Without a hint about your hardware, most people can not give a solution.
To check if your soundcard is detected try lspci in terminal.
My lspci :
00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation 82G33/G31/P35/P31 Express DRAM Controller (rev 10)
00:01.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82G33/G31/P35/P31 Express PCI Express Root Port (rev 10)
00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family High Definition Audio Controller (rev 01)
00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family PCI Express Port 1 (rev 01)
00:1c.1 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family PCI Express Port 2 (rev 01)
00:1d.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family USB UHCI Controller #1 (rev 01)
00:1d.1 USB Controller: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family USB UHCI Controller #2 (rev 01)
00:1d.2 USB Controller: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family USB UHCI Controller #3 (rev 01)
00:1d.3 USB Controller: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family USB UHCI Controller #4 (rev 01)
00:1d.7 USB Controller: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family USB2 EHCI Controller (rev 01)
00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801 PCI Bridge (rev e1)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation 82801GB/GR (ICH7 Family) LPC Interface Bridge (rev 01)
00:1f.2 IDE interface: Intel Corporation N10/ICH7 Family SATA IDE Controller (rev 01)
00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family SMBus Controller (rev 01)
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc RV535 [Radeon X1650 Series] (rev 9e)
01:00.1 Display controller: ATI Technologies Inc RV535 [Radeon X1650 Series] (rev 9e)
03:00.0 Ethernet controller: Atheros Communications AR8132 Fast Ethernet (rev c0)

You can see a line about my working soundcard :
00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family High Definition Audio Controller (rev 01)
If you see your audio device, look at sound preference if mute or not.

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Re: No sound on linux

Post by undercom » Fri Nov 25, 2011 11:43 am

How exactly do I check the sound card in the terminal?

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Re: No sound on linux

Post by mank_in » Fri Nov 25, 2011 11:53 am

Open terminal : type
lspci

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Re: No sound on linux

Post by undercom » Fri Nov 25, 2011 12:10 pm

Here are the two audio controllers it shows:
00:1f.5 Multimedia audio controller: Intel Corporation 82801EB/ER (ICH5/ICH5R) AC'97 Audio Controller (rev 02)
02:02.0 Multimedia audio controller: Creative Labs SB Audigy (rev 04)

Does this help any?

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Re: No sound on linux

Post by mank_in » Fri Nov 25, 2011 1:51 pm

Seems like your computer have 2 sound card. Intel onboard and creative labs.
I assumed you connect your speaker on creative lab soundblaster audigy . If you familiar using BIOS, try disable internal audio in bios. If you don't, open terminal , type: alsamixer -c 0
press F6 key on your keyboard to select your device . i assumed see the sb audigy . choose that and press enter.
Hope that work. :)

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Re: No sound on linux

Post by undercom » Fri Nov 25, 2011 3:23 pm

I'll try it out as soon as i get the chance. Thank you.

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Re: No sound on linux

Post by vger7 » Sat Nov 26, 2011 5:14 pm

I had the same problem on a Dell with the same hardware, however that machine runs a different distro, but the problem was the same.

If the above advice does not work, I would recommend installing "qasmixer".
There is a check box on the mixer.
Make sure it is set to analog, not digital output.

I haven't had a problem since.

The deb can be found here:
http://packages.debian.org/sid/i386/qasmixer/download

Good Luck!

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Re: No sound on linux

Post by undercom » Thu Dec 08, 2011 11:45 am

Sorry I haven't posted in a while, but mank_in's suggestion didn't work. The volume meter keeps saying there are no decibels, or negative decibels. What does this mean? And in hardware preferences, how do i choose what profile goes with the hardware?

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Re: No sound on linux

Post by mank_in » Thu Dec 08, 2011 12:25 pm

You can see my alsamixer
can you upload your image of alsamixer :?:

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Re: No sound on linux

Post by undercom » Thu Dec 08, 2011 3:52 pm

Wouldn't know how. Anyways, I prefer not to use links in a forum. Risk of computer being hacked and whatnot.

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Re: No sound on linux

Post by mank_in » Thu Dec 08, 2011 10:50 pm

My links is to Flickr.com. I don't think you will be hacked open thats. :)

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Re: No sound on linux

Post by Ronjoe » Thu Dec 08, 2011 11:14 pm

undercom wrote:... The volume meter keeps saying there are no decibels, or negative decibels. What does this mean? ...
Volume levels in acoustics (and other fields) are often reported this way. It's a relative scale, with 0 dB being "full volume," and negative dB being less than full volume. The following page explains this in plain language (although not relating to computing): http://www.gmarts.org/index.php?go=216


undercom wrote:Wouldn't know how. Anyways, I prefer not to use links in a forum. Risk of computer being hacked and whatnot.
You're unlikely to encounter such a risk in a community like this, being centered around Linux and what-not. Even in Windows, you're EXTREMELY unlikely to get hacked simply by clicking a link.

In either case, you likely don't have anything of value saved on a newly-installed system, so what would a hacker even want?

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Re: No sound on linux

Post by undercom » Sun Dec 11, 2011 12:27 am

Sorry, it's just with all the talk of identity theft, I can get a little paranoid.

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Re: No sound on linux

Post by undercom » Sun Dec 11, 2011 12:37 am

vger7 wrote:
The deb can be found here:
http://packages.debian.org/sid/i386/qasmixer/download

Good Luck!
I went to the page, and it had two for the US. Which one do I choose, and how do I work it?

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Re: No sound on linux

Post by undercom » Mon Dec 19, 2011 10:00 am

I went ahead and downloaded both. Nothing happened. What do I do?

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Re: No sound on linux

Post by undercom » Thu Feb 02, 2012 6:43 pm

I know its been a while, but i still need help with the sound problem, and my last question wasn't answered: I went to the site with the qasmixer, but they had several versions, and it said something about mirrored links or something. What should i choose?

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Re: No sound on linux

Post by undercom » Mon Mar 05, 2012 5:35 pm

I still need help. I tried clicking on the ftp.us.debian.org/debian link, while holding the shift key. It seemed to have downloaded, but I don't know how to activate it. Please respond!

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Re: No sound on linux

Post by heartdrugs » Mon Mar 05, 2012 6:02 pm

If its any consolation, I'm not doing so well with this either, and I'm not super new to Linux.
Btw, are you using USB speakers?

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Re: No sound on linux

Post by whirly » Mon Mar 05, 2012 6:21 pm

We (anyone who might be of help) still don't know what your computer thinks is your sound card
how about
terminal
arecord -l
then arecord -L
or cat /proc/asound/cards

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