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    Question No sound, ALSA problems, ac'97 not recognized

    Hi, no sound at all, checked the volume etc was at max, been trying for days to sort it out. I've been a windows user since 95 and learned to loath microsoft so any response should be given as if you're talking to a retarded chipmunk (seriously, I spent a whole day looking for the task manager). All of this started when I tried to fix the right speaker that wasn't working (which still does using a live ubuntu cd) by updating alsa as indicated when I looked around the internet, I also downloaded and installed all the latest releases from their site and used synaptic to get everything alsa related, nothing has worked, if I could afford to buy a new card (or even better a new pc) I would, I know the sound is onboard, it's a Dell optiplex 7...something, slimline version...annoying thing is I think I still have the soundmax.exe drivers for windows on disk somewhere, sorry for the long post but any help would be appreciated

    Here's some details:
    lspci | grep audio
    00:1f.5 Multimedia audio controller: Intel Corporation 82801EB/ER (ICH5/ICH5R) AC'97 Audio Controller (rev 02)

    aplay
    ALSA lib confmisc.c:768parse_card) cannot find card '0'
    ALSA lib conf.c:4184_snd_config_evaluate) function snd_func_card_driver returned error: No such file or directory
    ALSA lib confmisc.c:392snd_func_concat) error evaluating strings
    ALSA lib conf.c:4184_snd_config_evaluate) function snd_func_concat returned error: No such file or directory
    ALSA lib confmisc.c:1251snd_func_refer) error evaluating name
    ALSA lib conf.c:4184_snd_config_evaluate) function snd_func_refer returned error: No such file or directory
    ALSA lib conf.c:4663snd_config_expand) Evaluate error: No such file or directory
    ALSA lib pcm.c:2212snd_pcm_open_noupdate) Unknown PCM default
    aplay: main:660: audio open error: No such file or directory
    (note the above sad faces...Irony)

    sudo lshw -C multimedia
    *-multimedia UNCLAIMED
    description: Multimedia audio controller
    product: 82801EB/ER (ICH5/ICH5R) AC'97 Audio Controller
    vendor: Intel Corporation
    physical id: 1f.5
    bus info: pci@0000:00:1f.5
    version: 02
    width: 32 bits
    clock: 33MHz
    capabilities: pm bus_master cap_list
    configuration: latency=0
    resources: ioport:ee00(size=256) ioport:edc0(size=64) memory:feb7fa00-feb7fbff memory:feb7f900-feb7f9ff

    I tried:
    sudo nano /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base
    and adding this as the last line:
    Code:
    "options snd-intel8x0 ac97_quirk=3"
    along with various other things like purging ALSA reinstalling

    sudo modprobe snd- (tab) displays 167 sound card drivers but mine isn't one of them

    pulseaudio
    E: [pulseaudio] pid.c: Daemon already running.
    E: [pulseaudio] main.c: pa_pid_file_create() failed.


    wmmixer
    wmmixer : Unable to open mixer device /dev/mixer'.

    alsamixergui: function snd_ctl_open failed: no such file or directory
    Last edited by greatsirkain; September 4th, 2012 at 08:03 PM.

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    Re: No sound, ALSA problems, ac'97 not recognized

    update
    ubuntu 11.10
    after manually downloading and going through the packages (wow was that boring) from ALSA I found "Downloads/alsa-driver-1.0.25/pci/ac97" but there isn't a config file I can click on or an install file that I could get at from the terminal, there's only:
    ac97_codec.patch
    ac97_id.h
    ac97_proc.c
    ac97_pcm.c
    If I go back to the alsa-driver-1.025 file there's a config file, a INSTALL file and intall-sh file but apparently praying doesn't get alsa to load my driver, the install file is just text unlike other install files I have come across...I'm presuming install-sh is shell and thats what I'm looking for...clicking on it got me a text file, trying from terminal sudo...If I die I want you all to know it's your fault for not helping me sooner

    edit:
    nothing happened.
    Downloads/alsa-driver-1.0.25$ sudo install-sh
    sudo: install-sh: command not found
    Downloads/alsa-driver-1.0.25$ sudo install
    install: missing file operand
    Try `install --help' for more information.
    Downloads/alsa-driver-1.0.25$ sudo ./install
    sudo: ./install: command not found
    Downloads/alsa-driver-1.0.25$ sudo ./install-sh
    sudo: ./install-sh: command not found
    I then tried copying the text from install-sh into the terminal, the terminal just soiled itself and closed.....Help

    edit 2: tried running all the configure files with geany then tried sudo modprobe snd- again, no ac97 there, am I looking for the right thing?....Help
    Last edited by greatsirkain; August 31st, 2012 at 06:38 PM.

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    Angry Re: No sound, ALSA problems, ac'97 not recognized

    My Dear Beloved (Ubuntu community)

    By the time you read this I will no longer be amongst the conscious having plunged myself into the sweet depths of a large bottle of port, had you at least acknowledged my bitter struggle against computer deafness I may have been able to bare this immense burden but, alas, t'is a burden no man can be asked to bare alone. So with a heavy heart, and a large *****, this was me Greatsirkain, just wanting to say I loved you.

    sudo ./play_stevie_wonder_i_just_called_to_say_i_love_you
    error: No such file or directory

    ...bump...

    furious edit:
    aww c'monn??! Nobody know what stupid little thing I've done wrong? 108 views and not one opinion? not even 'have you checked your computer is plugged in?' Do I really, with my tail between my legs and a hangover, have to go back to windows in the morning like some sort of ugly wife?! THE MOST annoying thing is that I already tried to load windows to hear the shrieks and moans on my adult entertainment (battlefield 3 vids) and because the powers that be decided having the firewall set to enabled as default was a bad idea I had to boot from a live disk (with no hardware drivers) because every single DLL is gone! SO I DONT HAVE SOUND ON WINDOWS EITHER....Seriously?....Really?
    Last edited by greatsirkain; August 31st, 2012 at 09:50 PM. Reason: sudo anal_prolapse

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    Exclamation Re: No sound, ALSA problems, ac'97 not recognized

    ....desperate bump....

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    Re: No sound, ALSA problems, ac'97 not recognized

    Quote Originally Posted by greatsirkain View Post
    furious edit:
    aww c'monn??! Nobody know what stupid little thing I've done wrong? 108 views and not one opinion? not even 'have you checked your computer is plugged in?' Do I really, with my tail between my legs and a hangover, have to go back to windows in the morning like some sort of ugly wife?! THE MOST annoying thing is that I already tried to load windows to hear the shrieks and moans on my adult entertainment (battlefield 3 vids) and because the powers that be decided having the firewall set to enabled as default was a bad idea I had to boot from a live disk (with no hardware drivers) because every single DLL is gone! SO I DONT HAVE SOUND ON WINDOWS EITHER....Seriously?....Really?

    Please calm down. It hasn't even been a day yet. I am looking for a solution for you.

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    Re: No sound, ALSA problems, ac'97 not recognized

    please run this command and post the output:
    Code:
    echo "Sound cards recognized by the system:"; lspci -nn | grep --color=none '\[04[80][13]\]'; echo "Sound cards recognized by ALSA:"; lspci -nn | grep '\[04[80][13]\]' | while read line; do lspci -nnk | grep -A 3 '\[04[80][13]\]' | grep -e 'Kernel modules: ..*' -e '\[04[80][13]\]' | grep --color=none -F "$line"; done; echo "Sound cards recognized by ALSA, and activated:"; lspci -nn | grep '\[04[80][13]\]' | while read line; do lspci -nnk | grep -A 3 '\[04[80][13]\]' | grep -e 'Kernel drivers in use: ..*' -e '\[04[80][13]\]' | grep --color=none -F "$line"; done

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    Re: No sound, ALSA problems, ac'97 not recognized

    wellll, I figured being over dramatic was friendlier than typing loads of caps out of frustration...also...port wasn't a lie

    Sound cards recognized by the system:
    00:1f.5 Multimedia audio controller [0401]: Intel Corporation 82801EB/ER (ICH5/ICH5R) AC'97 Audio Controller [8086:24d5] (rev 02)
    Sound cards recognized by ALSA:
    00:1f.5 Multimedia audio controller [0401]: Intel Corporation 82801EB/ER (ICH5/ICH5R) AC'97 Audio Controller [8086:24d5] (rev 02)
    Sound cards recognized by ALSA, and activated:
    00:1f.5 Multimedia audio controller [0401]: Intel Corporation 82801EB/ER (ICH5/ICH5R) AC'97 Audio Controller [8086:24d5] (rev 02)

    ...if that's true why wont it let me access or change? It has a dummy output set up and I don't seem to have any control over it (also a day for you, a week plus before i realised i needed help, been trying on this for 60 plus hours
    but thanks for the help....you deserve a kain hug, full of vitamins and love just without the gay

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    Re: No sound, ALSA problems, ac'97 not recognized

    Quote Originally Posted by greatsirkain View Post
    wellll, I figured being over dramatic was friendlier than typing loads of caps out of frustration...also...port wasn't a lie

    Sound cards recognized by the system:
    00:1f.5 Multimedia audio controller [0401]: Intel Corporation 82801EB/ER (ICH5/ICH5R) AC'97 Audio Controller [8086:24d5] (rev 02)
    Sound cards recognized by ALSA:
    00:1f.5 Multimedia audio controller [0401]: Intel Corporation 82801EB/ER (ICH5/ICH5R) AC'97 Audio Controller [8086:24d5] (rev 02)
    Sound cards recognized by ALSA, and activated:
    00:1f.5 Multimedia audio controller [0401]: Intel Corporation 82801EB/ER (ICH5/ICH5R) AC'97 Audio Controller [8086:24d5] (rev 02)

    ...if that's true why wont it let me access or change? It has a dummy output set up and I don't seem to have any control over it (also a day for you, a week plus before i realised i needed help, been trying on this for 60 plus hours
    but thanks for the help....you deserve a kain hug, full of vitamins and love just without the gay
    Haha =D

    The output looks fine. Please run this command and post the output:
    Code:
    aplay -l
    And just to be sure your groups are fine, run this:
    Code:
    sudo usermod -aG `cat /etc/group | grep -e '^pulse:' -e '^audio:' -e '^pulse-access:' -e '^pulse-rt:' -e '^video:' | awk -F: '{print $1}' | tr '\n' ',' | sed 's:,$::g'` `whoami`

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    Re: No sound, ALSA problems, ac'97 not recognized

    aplay -l
    device_list:240: no soundcards found...

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    Re: No sound, ALSA problems, ac'97 not recognized

    Quote Originally Posted by greatsirkain View Post
    aplay -l
    device_list:240: no soundcards found...
    okay run these commands and then reboot:
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install --reinstall libasound2
    sudo dpkg-reconfigure pulseaudio
    sudo dpkg-reconfigure alsa-base
    If it says that something "is not installed", please install it with apt-get. If this doesn't at least change *something* then I'm not sure what to do next.

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