View Full Version : [ubuntu] Pulseaudio ALSA Problem: Must issue sudo alsa force-reload on reboot.

August 3rd, 2008, 03:30 PM
I have a problem, I have got sound working... But only when I issue the
sudo alsa force-reload command. It will when play the sound that was queued to play, like the login sound.

Everytime when I restart, I have to do
sudo alsa force-reload in order for sound to work.

Under Sound Preference, when I test sound it will always give me:

audiotestsrc wave=sine freq=512 ! audioconvert ! audioresample ! gconfaudiosink: no element "gconfaudiosink"

I am also missing autodetect in the sound selection, only ALSA is available.

aplay -l gives:

**** List of PLAYBACK Hardware Devices ****
card 0: NVidia [HDA NVidia], device 0: ALC861VD Analog [ALC861VD Analog]
Subdevices: 1/1
Subdevice #0: subdevice #0
card 0: NVidia [HDA NVidia], device 1: ALC861VD Digital [ALC861VD Digital]
Subdevices: 1/1
Subdevice #0: subdevice #0
card 0: NVidia [HDA NVidia], device 6: Si3054 Modem [Si3054 Modem]
Subdevices: 1/1
Subdevice #0: subdevice #0

Is there a way to get sound working properly without reinstalling ubuntu?

lspci -v | grep -i audio
00:10.1 Audio device: nVidia Corporation MCP51 High Definition Audio (rev a2)

November 9th, 2008, 03:16 AM
BUMP >>>

I am having a similar issue, I believe this has been bugged in launchpad but doesnt look like its been given a big priority..

This also happens when returning from hibernate & suspend..

Using this script:

sudo /etc/init.d/asla-utils stop
sudo alsa force-reload
sudo /etc/init.d/alsa-utils start

And placing it in /etc/pm/sleep.d is a workaround for returning from suspend.

Im gonna go look for the bug report and post the URL in a reply when I find it.

November 9th, 2008, 03:19 AM
This is the bug report.


They are mainly talking about when returning from suspend/sleep/hibernate but it is effectively the same situation.

December 26th, 2008, 03:19 AM
i have this same problem and the force reload works but my video playback doesn't work either (youtube freezes as does vlc and any other video). is there any way to force reload video drivers like with the alsa force reload? thanks

December 26th, 2008, 03:49 AM
Here are a few options to choose from from fixing pulse to disabling it and using asla, or replacing pulse with esound.

First fixing pulse

Disabling pulse and using alsa (Before deciding to remove pulse you should read the warning here as to what the result could be).
and another one going the same route here

Replacing pulse with esound

There are more but this gives you some alternatives that are being used.
no sound
Do you have all the needed codecs to be able to play sound?
if so and you still have no sound try these maybe one will help.