View Full Version : [all variants] Need CURRENT comprehensive sound troubleshooting guide for 10.04

July 12th, 2010, 02:33 AM
Is there any current version of the sticky Comprehensive Sound Problem Solutions Guide v0.5e (http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=205449) in this forum, or, for that matter, any of the other sound-troubleshooting pages I've seen people directed to (e.g., OpenSound (https://help.ubuntu.com/community/OpenSound), HOWTO: PulseAudio... (http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=789578), etc.)? None of them appear to be Lucid Lynx/10.04-aware, and they tend to contradict each other (at least in my relative-newbie-to-Linux perception).

I've been trying to get sound working on several systems, and I've not found any to work/not-work the same way twice between any two systems (especially odd because my tests involve only 2 different physical computers, for which I've installed different, isolated images on separate disks (straight installs, not virtual machines). Sometimes sound works after an installation, then breaks, and I can sometimes restore it by following the CSPSG. But I can analyze the software sources, versions, and installation status of various recommended packages, and find that apparently identical setups between two configurations yield different results.

I'm sure there are solutions, but I haven't been able to find a good, current guide to the entire sound architecture of Ubuntu. I've seen various people advocating or denigrating ALSA, OSS, and/or PulseAudio, but only tidbits of how each is configured. (If I've learned anything about Ubuntu and Linux, it's that they are far more complex than the Unix systems I've been used to, with dozens of configuration and other files for each component spread across many directories, often trumping one another in unobvious ways. In fact, I could use recommendations for a single book that lays out the latest Ubuntu a/o Linux architecture, something in-between the "Linux for Dummies"-style books that mainly show dialog boxes and some commands, and the kernel-programming and -architecture stuff that's far deeper than even a serious administrator really needs.)

I'm hoping that, because 10.04 is a long-term-support (LTS) release, someone has written up something to clear away the confusion of accumulated but contradictory advice, but my Google-fu hasn't uncovered anything yet. Any suggestions? Thanks for any help!

July 12th, 2010, 12:42 PM
Hi, I would agree. Been using Linux (Ubuntu) for last 3 years now. Generally happy with it. My sound seems to only work with one application at a time and following the guides CSGuide didn't work as not for Lucid :(

Any help would be great.