View Full Version : [ubuntu] intermittent sound?

October 3rd, 2008, 06:59 AM
hi all,

im having an odd problem with my sound. sometimes when i boot up, i get sound, but more often than not, i cant get any sound from my speakers. the only thing i can do to resolve this is to keep rebooting my computer until the sound finally works. i had this problem in gutsy, and i just upgraded to hardy thinking it would be fixed, but it is still the same. any ideas on what i could do?

i have a creative sb live! card...this is the relevant output from: lspci

01:08.0 Multimedia audio controller: Creative Labs SB Live! EMU10k1 (rev 08)

also, i have onboard sound that is from nVidia:

00:06.0 Multimedia audio controller: nVidia Corporation nForce2 AC97 Audio Controler (MCP) (rev a1)

not sure if that will affect it, but any help would be appreciated...thanks!

October 4th, 2008, 12:25 AM
Your cards are probably not being assigned the same positions on every reboot so the default sound card keeps changing. I have recently posted a guide to using multiple sound cards here:


Do not believe those people who tell you you must disable one of the cards in the bios, they don't know what they are talking about.

October 4th, 2008, 05:05 PM
oh i see...well looks like disabling the onboard sound is the quickest way...so ill just do that since i never use it...but thanks for letting me know what was happening!