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January 26th, 2009, 06:25 AM
Hi all, and thanks for reading.

I'm running Ubuntu 8.10 on a brand-new HP Pavilion dv4 1225dx. Everything works fine, except for the fact that I have zero sound. It read the card just fine at first, just wouldn't output anything.

However, after downloading and installing the latest ALSA drivers, it can't even find the card.

Oh, the card, I should mention, is an SBx00 ATI Azalia (Intel HDA).

Does anyone know what I should do?

Or at least, how I might get rid of the even-more-problematic driver update?

Thanks again!

January 26th, 2009, 06:44 AM
Try this:

Double-click on the speaker icon in the upper panel by the clock.

Once that opens your volume panel, click Preferences.

Check off all the devices that look like they could potentially produce sound (e.g., "Front", "Front PCM", "Surround", etc). Check the ALL off if you want and close it.

The volume panel with expand with new levers. Play some music in the background and start playing with those levers. I've found on these intel HDA's that I often have to turn up the Surround PCM or something like that before sound will come out of the front speakers. Kind of strange, but it works.

January 26th, 2009, 07:10 AM
Thank you for the response- at this point, though, I am unable to access any volume control whatsoever. Clicking the speaker icon only brings up an error message reading: No volume control Gstreamer plugins or devices found.

January 26th, 2009, 09:19 PM

Mark Phelps
January 27th, 2009, 07:24 PM
I had similar problems until ALSA finally included a driver for my sound card. Seems that the brand-new sound chips take a while to make it into the ALSA driver set.

Suggest you check out the Open Sound System website for drivers. I had to install their drivers until ALSA caught up. Link to a list of supported devices is below:


January 28th, 2009, 10:09 PM
Thank you very much, I'll give this a shot!

February 1st, 2009, 02:59 AM
Well, it didn't work. I gave it a valiant effort, but alas, I am bested.

February 14th, 2009, 05:38 AM
Somewhat solved in this thread


Sound quality isn't a good as could be, but you get some.