View Full Version : [kubuntu] 2 channel sound but not 5.1 channels

October 1st, 2008, 08:31 PM
I've had a look around the forum and tried a few things but can't get to the bottom of this. I have sound, but only through 2 front channels.

aplay -l:

**** List of PLAYBACK Hardware Devices ****
card 0: SB [HDA ATI SB], device 0: ALC883 Analog [ALC883 Analog]
Subdevices: 1/1
Subdevice #0: subdevice #0
card 0: SB [HDA ATI SB], device 1: ALC883 Digital [ALC883 Digital]
Subdevices: 1/1
Subdevice #0: subdevice #0

Has anyone else had the same problem with this device? I'm running kubuntu 8.04 (64 bit) by the way.


October 1st, 2008, 10:13 PM
SInce you are using Kbuntu and you need to do this in ALSA you can try editing your ~/.asoundrc file like here:


October 2nd, 2008, 01:58 AM
Thanks for that. I created .asoundrc as in the thread, but nothing changed. Now though I have 5.1 sound even though I have since removed .asoundrc and restarted the sound system. Bizarre.

October 2nd, 2008, 02:08 AM
I have sound, but only through 2 front channels.
So? That's exactly what you'd expect with e.g. mp3 music - it's 2 channels, you get 2 channels. Be 1000 times more specific in describing what you want.

If you want 5.1 from 2.0 sound, see thread (http://forums.gentoo.org/viewtopic-t-703981.html).