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Thread: Old 10.04 LTS - ALC887 Audio

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    Old 10.04 LTS - ALC887 Audio


    I have been tasked with setting up an old ASUS EEEBox EB1033 using Ubuntu Desktop 10.04 LTS (Lucid is a firm requirement of necessary custom software). As Ubuntu doesn't have a download for desktop lucid anymore, I grabbed server, then ran an update and finally apt-get install ubuntu-desktop to get a desktop.

    Everything but sound is working. I cannot get the Realtek ALC887 sound card to produce audio. I have confirmed nothing is muted using alsamixer, I've installed linux-backports-modules-alsa-lucid-generic, I've fiddled with options in /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base.conf, all to no avail. I had intended to upgrade alsa, but the alsa site no longer lists dkms packages for Lucid.

    Aside from adding nvidia graphics drivers, nothing has been done to the base install other than the steps mentioned above.

    /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base-conf ends with:
    options snd-hda-intel model=generic

    # aplay -l

    card 0: Intel [HDA Intel], device 0: ALC887 Analog [ALC887 Analog]
    Subdevices: 1/1
    Subdevice #0: subdevice #0
    card 0: Intel [HDA Intel], device 0: ALC887 Analog [ALC887 Analog]
    Subdevices: 1/1
    Subdevice #0: subdevice #0

    # cat /proc/driver/nvidia/version
    NVRM version: NVIDIA UNIX x86 Kernel Module 319.17 Thu Apr 25 22:14:10 PDT 2013
    GCC version: gcc version 4.4.3 (Ubuntu 4.4.3-4ubuntu5.1)

    # uname -r

    # lspci
    04:00.1 Audio device: nVidia Corporation Device 0e08 (rev a1)

    Can anyone offer assistance?

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    West Hills CA
    Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr

    Re: Old 10.04 LTS - ALC887 Audio

    It's possible that the sound chip is bad. What is the output of the following:

    lsmod | grep snd
    It should look something like:

    tgalati4@tpad-Gloria7 ~ $ lsmod | grep snd
    snd_intel8x0 37532 3
    snd_ac97_codec 112292 1 snd_intel8x0
    ac97_bus 9856 1 snd_ac97_codec
    snd_pcm_oss 46336 0
    snd_mixer_oss 22656 1 snd_pcm_oss
    snd_pcm 83076 3 snd_intel8x0,snd_ac97_codec,snd_pcm_oss
    snd_seq_dummy 10756 0
    snd_seq_oss 37760 0
    snd_seq_midi 14336 0
    snd_rawmidi 29696 1 snd_seq_midi
    snd_seq_midi_event 15104 2 snd_seq_oss,snd_seq_midi
    snd_seq 56880 6 snd_seq_dummy,snd_seq_oss,snd_seq_midi,snd_seq_mid i_event
    snd_timer 29704 2 snd_pcm,snd_seq
    snd_seq_device 14988 5 snd_seq_dummy,snd_seq_oss,snd_seq_midi,snd_rawmidi ,snd_seq
    snd 62756 16 snd_intel8x0,snd_ac97_codec,snd_pcm_oss,snd_mixer_ oss,snd_pcm,snd_seq_oss,snd_rawmidi,snd_seq,snd_ti mer,snd_seq_device
    soundcore 15200 1 snd
    snd_page_alloc 16904 2 snd_intel8x0,snd_pcm

    Intel, on-board sound, with Realtek chips normally works out-of-the box. The fact that you have jumped through hoops seems to me that the sound chip is broken.

    Try the microphone port as well, sometimes they are swapped.
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