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    No sound in Xubuntu. Sound OK on Vista

    Hello all,

    I'm new here and quite new in the Linux world.
    I own a Sony Vaio Laptop and had my systems installed by someone else. I have a Windows Vista OS that I never use and a Xubuntu that I always use.

    Problem is that Windows has sound, while Xubuntu does not. My mixer says volume is not mute, apart from that I cant tell anything more : I dont know which sound card I own, not sure if Alsa is correctly installed etc...

    Anyway, may someone help me fix this sound problem ? Here are some infos :
    - Xubuntu 10.04 LTS
    - XFCE 4
    - lspci gives the following information :
    Code:
    00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Core Processor DRAM Controller (rev 02)
    00:01.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation Core Processor PCI Express x16 Root Port (rev 02)
    00:16.0 Communication controller: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset HECI Controller (rev 06)
    00:1a.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset USB2 Enhanced Host Controller (rev 05)
    00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset High Definition Audio (rev 05)
    00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset PCI Express Root Port 1 (rev 05)
    00:1c.1 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset PCI Express Root Port 2 (rev 05)
    00:1c.2 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset PCI Express Root Port 3 (rev 05)
    00:1c.5 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset PCI Express Root Port 6 (rev 05)
    00:1d.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset USB2 Enhanced Host Controller (rev 05)
    00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801 Mobile PCI Bridge (rev a5)
    00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation Mobile 5 Series Chipset LPC Interface Controller (rev 05)
    00:1f.2 SATA controller: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset 4 port SATA AHCI Controller (rev 05)
    00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset SMBus Controller (rev 05)
    01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc M92 [Mobility Radeon HD 4500 Series]
    01:00.1 Audio device: ATI Technologies Inc RV710/730
    02:00.0 Network controller: Atheros Communications Inc. AR9285 Wireless Network Adapter (PCI-Express) (rev 01)
    03:00.0 SD Host controller: Ricoh Co Ltd Device e822
    03:00.1 System peripheral: Ricoh Co Ltd Device e230
    03:00.4 SD Host controller: Ricoh Co Ltd Device e822
    04:00.0 Ethernet controller: Marvell Technology Group Ltd. Device 4381 (rev 11)
    3f:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Core Processor QuickPath Architecture Generic Non-core Registers (rev 02)
    3f:00.1 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Core Processor QuickPath Architecture System Address Decoder (rev 02)
    3f:02.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Core Processor QPI Link 0 (rev 02)
    3f:02.1 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Core Processor QPI Physical 0 (rev 02)
    3f:02.2 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Core Processor Reserved (rev 02)
    3f:02.3 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Core Processor Reserved (rev 02)

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    Re: No sound in Xubuntu. Sound OK on Vista

    Code:
    aplay -l
    should list your audio devices.

    simplest thing:
    have you tried clicking the speaker symbols -> select sound settings
    select the "playback tab" if a program is playing sound for example clementine it should be listed there. Next to the app name there is a drop down box where it says something like "build-in audio analog stereo" i for one have to change that to my output device (headset). maybe yours is listed there too.

    sorry don't know much more about this, but since nobody else has answered i wanted to give it a try.
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    Re: No sound in Xubuntu. Sound OK on Vista

    I don't have an answer; only some notes on this.

    Please review this Ubuntu Forum thread for troubleshooting audio, http://tinyurl.com/8sndtr9

    I see other people had similar devices as the ones you listed:
    00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset High Definition Audio (rev 05) and
    01:00.1 Audio device: ATI Technologies Inc RV710/730


    It looks like some of those people found success by modifying the file, /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base.conf

    And, two posts about modifying that file:
    http://community.linuxmint.com/hardware/view/1397
    http://tinyurl.com/clj5349

    Just want to add that you might want to try the program named PulseAudio Volume Control (pavucontrol) which is a simple GTK+ based volume
    control tool (mixer) for the PulseAudio sound server.

    Please provide the model number of your Sony Vaio as well.

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    Re: No sound in Xubuntu. Sound OK on Vista

    Hello,

    Thanks for your replies. Here is how it goes :

    * Clicking on the speaker symbols gives :
    Code:
    GStreamer was unable to detect any sound devices. Some sound system specific GStreamer packages may be missing. It may also be a permissions problem.
    Launching mixer or Gnome Alsa mixer gives the same.

    * I followed the troubleshooting guide. The big command supposed to list all recognizes sound cards gave :
    Code:
    Sound cards recognized by the system:
    00:1b.0 Audio device [0403]: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset High Definition Audio [8086:3b56] (rev 05)
    01:00.1 Audio device [0403]: ATI Technologies Inc RV710/730 [1002:aa38]
    Sound cards recognized by ALSA:
    00:1b.0 Audio device [0403]: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset High Definition Audio [8086:3b56] (rev 05)
    01:00.1 Audio device [0403]: ATI Technologies Inc RV710/730 [1002:aa38]
    Sound cards recognized by ALSA, and activated:
    00:1b.0 Audio device [0403]: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset High Definition Audio [8086:3b56] (rev 05)
    01:00.1 Audio device [0403]: ATI Technologies Inc RV710/730 [1002:aa38]
    I think this is good.

    * Then I ran the command fixing permission problem, this did not display anything, I rebooted as mentionned. Now aplay -l still gives :
    Code:
    aplay: device_list:223: no soundcards found...
    * I also tried to modify alsa-base.conf and creating modprobe.conf, no success either.

    I must admit I dont really know what I am doing. Any help will be appreciated.

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    Re: No sound in Xubuntu. Sound OK on Vista

    try reinstalling gstreamer
    Code:
    sudo apt-get remove --purge gstreamer0.10-alsa
    sudo apt-get install gstreamer0.10-alsa
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    Re: No sound in Xubuntu. Sound OK on Vista

    Well,

    If this is of any help to someone, sound works now that I upgraded to 12.04 LTS. I did not have anything else to do.

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