How To Fix: No Sound In Ubuntu 13.04 and Ubuntu 13.10 [Updated]

No Sound in Ubuntu 13.04

This article was originally written for Ubuntu 13.04 but it is also applicable to no sound problem in Ubuntu 13.10.

Ubuntu 13.04 has been released with lost of eye-candy and performance boost. As it happens with every Ubuntu release, you install or upgrade to a newer Ubuntu version and run in to a number of problems. But then, there is always a way to overcome these big little problems. One of the most common problem faced is no sound after installing Ubuntu 13.04.

While there could be several reasons for no sound in Ubuntu 13.04, I will share the trick which worked for me. Lets see in steps how I fixed and how you can fix it.

Steps to fix no audio in Ubuntu 13.04:

First step, just to verify, check if the sound is not muted. Once you verify this, go to Sound Settings:

Fix No SOund In Ubuntu 13.04

In the Sound Settings, you’ll find that you have practically nothing here except a dummy output. Quite frustrating. It means that your sound card is not even recognized. Puff!

Fix No Audio after installing Ubuntu 13.04

No worries. The one shot solution which fixed the sound problem for me on my Intel powered Dell Inspiron N4010 is to force reload Alsa. To do that, use the following command in terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T):

sudo alsa force-reload

The output will be like this.

No sound in Ubuntu 13.04

You may think that it is hanged or still in processing but it takes only couple of seconds. You can simply close it afterwards by using Ctrl+C. Now, you need to reboot your computer. If at the next start up, you hear the login sound at the lock screen, you know it worked like a charm.

No-Sound-in-Ubuntu-Fixed

First Alternate method to fix no sound in Ubuntu 13.04:

If the above problem did not fix it for you, try reinstalling Alsa and Pulse audio in the following manner:

sudo apt-get remove --purge alsa-base pulseaudio

sudo apt-get install alsa-base pulseaudio

And force reload Alsa again:

sudo alsa force-reload

Restart and enjoy the world of sound, again.

Second Alternate method to fix no sound in Ubuntu 13.04:

Open the terminal and edit speech-dispatcher file by using the following command:

sudo gedit /etc/default/speech-dispatcher

In here, change RUN=yes to RUN=no

Reboot and enjoy sound.

If it fixed your sound problem, you may want to fix brightness issue as well. Fixing the sound problem is definitely one of the must to do things after installing Ubuntu 13.04. Any questions, suggestions or a world of thanks to keep me motivated can be dropped in comment section. Stay tuned for more Linux tutorials and tips.

  • norbert

    At new restart , the problem is here again !

    • http://www.computerandyou.net/ Abhishek Prakash

      Hi Norbert,
      If I find a better solution, I’ll update the article. Stay tuned :)

      • http://www.sonicbyte.com/equipo/rodrigo-manuel-noales/ Rodrigo Noales

        Any news about a permanent fix to this, everytime I restart ubuntu 13.04 I lost the sound, so I have to do this all the time.

        Thanks

        • http://www.computerandyou.net/ Abhishek Prakash

          I added a new work around… can you try this one?

          • http://www.sonicbyte.com/equipo/rodrigo-manuel-noales/ Rodrigo Noales

            Works perfectly – Thanks !

          • http://www.computerandyou.net/ Abhishek Prakash

            Perfect :)

  • matt

    Yeah, nice post, but norbert’s right. This is a major flaw with 13.04. The steps you listed fix the issue once. But it always comes back.

    In fact, you don’t always have to mess with alsa. Just restarting sometimes fixes the issue. But every few restarts, your old friend “Dummy Output” will be back to greet you.

    And if you’re lucky like me, the applet for sound will disappear from the top panel. And Canonical has apparently decided to disable right-click functions for the panel, so I’m still searching for a good way to get that back. In the meantime, it’s just a fun surprise to find out when trying to play a video or song that the sound card’s gone again.

    Thanks for the neat blog, Abhishek! Keep it up, but it’d be great it you could revise this post with a little more testing to give a better idea of what’s really going on.

    • http://www.computerandyou.net/ Abhishek Prakash

      Hi Matt,
      I had the feeling that this is not really a complete solution. This is why I mentioned that “this trick worked for me”. Luckily for me, audio is working smoothly till now. If I face issue again, I’ll surely update the post with the new fix.
      In fact, sound issue is not the only one. I find several things broken in Ubuntu 13.04. Damn, I have to come up with an article “10 things I hate in Ubuntu 13.04″ ;)
      P.S. Thanks for liking the blog.

  • http://twitter.com/marcusklaas MarcusKlaasDeVries

    I have same problem. It works the first time but it comes back and then it won’t work anymore :-(

    • http://www.computerandyou.net/ Abhishek Prakash

      In last 5 days, it happened with me twice. And purging the alsa worked again BUT this is not really the solution, I accept. I’ll update the article if there is another one.

  • http://twitter.com/CarlosBrys Carlos Brys

    The first option did not work, but I applied the alternative solution and now I have sound.
    Thank you!

    • http://www.computerandyou.net/ Abhishek Prakash

      You are welcome Carlos.

  • 3rguy

    I have the Kernel version 3.8.0-19 and the first method worked perfectly for me. Thanks very much for the solution !

    • http://www.computerandyou.net/ Abhishek Prakash

      Welcome.

  • frmdstryr

    Thanks!

    • http://www.computerandyou.net/ Abhishek Prakash

      welcome

  • saint0120

    i have a sound problem related to the mic, the internal mic it’s not recognized, and neither an external mic, what can i do, please!!!

  • John

    When I run the first command I get:

    Unloading ALSA sound driver modules: (none loaded).
    Loading ALSA sound driver modules: (none to reload).

    If I try to change the speech-dispatcher file, the RUN flag is already set to “no”.

    • http://www.computerandyou.net/ Abhishek Prakash

      can you try to re-install alsa and pulse audio (first alternate method)?

      • John

        I did that, same results. :/

        • http://www.computerandyou.net/ Abhishek Prakash

          Then its complicated. Do you dual boot it?? Do you have sound in other OS, or if you could boot from live CD, do you have sound there?

          • John

            I’m running Ubuntu on VMware Fusion 5.0.3 and I have sound on my host system :/

          • http://www.computerandyou.net/ Abhishek Prakash

            Hmm.. tricky. Can’t really help here as I have little to none experience with virtual installation :(

          • Tej

            I had to upgrade my drivers and it worked when none of the above methods worked for me.

            Follow :

            sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-audio-dev
            sudo apt-get update
            sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

  • faisal

    Thanks man.

    • http://www.computerandyou.net/ Abhishek Prakash

      Welcome

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  • Doc Hego

    Thanks for the post. The first solution works for me – don’t even need to restart the machine. Whenever pulseaudio gives up, the following seems to get it back:

    pulseaudio –kill
    sudo alsa force-reload
    pulseaudio –start

    The indicator in the task bar doesn’t come back alive, though pavucontrol works fine.

    • http://www.computerandyou.net/ Abhishek Prakash

      Does it happen often?

      • http://www.r43ds.org/ r4i 3ds

        yes, it’s constant. It never actually changes from this state. There is also a popping sound that randomly happens as well, from the speakers, but that mostly happens when I am turning the volume up or down, so it would be okay. But the issue with the low volume on the sound is always present, and a huge inconvenience, considering that putting it even just above half way, means I get absolutely no sound :(

    • linuxnutcase

      i have the same issue with linux mint 16 rc cinnamon nothing works besides those commands listed above

  • AMbro86

    I’m on Mint 15, and while I thought this might help since Mint obviously stems from Ubuntu. But I tried all of these options and still no sound.

    But I finally tried looking at the hardware settings, because I have a GPU installed with an onboard sound device. When I first got the graphics card it messed up my sound because the integrated audio got automatically turned off. Well when I installed Mint 15 it messed that part up again and I had to fix it in the BIOS. So I thought, great! I’m good to go. But still I had sound trouble. So ultimately I looked at the “output device” settings, changed it to the sound card on the GPU, then changed it back to the internal audio. And problem solved!!

    So I don’t know if what I did (changing the audio back and forth between the GPU sound and the integrated sound) only worked because I did it in unison with the above steps, or if these steps were unnecessary for the type of problem I had. But I’ll say thanks anyway because for all I know I had both problems and wouldn’t have known it if one of the above fixes helped fix one problem and my solution fixed a completely separate problem with the hardware.

    • http://www.computerandyou.net/ Abhishek Prakash

      My laptop doesn’t have a graphics card so I cannot vouch for it. But yes, I have found people discussing over sound problem because of graphics card. In any case, all is well if ends is well. Glad that you have sound again in your computer.

    • Noneya Biznazz

      Graphics cards will have an audio component if there is an HDMI port.

      • AMbro86

        Yeah, I already knew that. The card I have advertised it on the box when I bought it so it was kind of a given. But I noticed that it switched to the graphics card’s audio chipset and disabled the internal one upon installing it. I didn’t have any way to get audio over the graphics card though so I reenabled the integrated sound in my BIOS settings and that fixed my problem the first time.

        The second time I had lost sound after upgrading my system and doing a clean install to Linux Mint 15. I’m guessing some settings got messed up with the graphics card (though I noticed in my BIOS settings that I needed to reenable the integrated audio again as well), But like I mentioned above between trying a little bit of everything, and fixing the settings in Mint, I got it all working just fine.

  • Marco Bianchi

    Hello, thank you very much for your post. In my case I tried all options but still have no sound on my desktop PC. I am running Ubuntu 12.04 however (not 13). Do you have any recommendations what I can try to get sound working? Many thanks, Marco Bianchi, London

  • Heimen Stoffels

    I have a weird problem. Since yesterday, sound in Flash Player videos stopped working. However, in other apps sound still works fine. Forcing an ALSA reload didn’t help :(

    • http://www.computerandyou.net/ Abhishek Prakash

      try re-installing flash. It should be fine.

  • tri18nu

    In my case, sometimes kernel dumped snd-hda error message and when the computer booted, audio hardware was not available. I.e I would not be able to run alsa-mixer, or hear any sound. Even normal reboot or shutdown would freeze the OS.

    After ubuntu’s automatic upgrade to kernel 3.8.0-27, that issue seems to have been fixed.

    Dummy Output had come only once in mint (first boot after installation).

    • http://www.computerandyou.net/ Abhishek Prakash

      I don’t think it has been fixed with Kernel 3.8.0-27. Anyways.. you have the sound now an that’s the good news here :)

  • Forever Greatful

    Thanks For the fix! Work for me on Linux Mint 15.

    • http://www.computerandyou.net/ Abhishek Prakash

      You are welcome.

  • http://www.r43ds.org/ r4i 3ds

    this tutorial helped with one of my laptops (an acer) but the issue I have with my HP DV9000 laptop is not that there isn’t any sound, but that the sound is very low. By this I mean when the sound is say set to the middle of the volume scale, there’s absolutely no sound coming out of the speakers. If I’m playing a game, I have to turn it up to the highest setting in order to get any sound out of the speakers. Turning it down even a notch or two, makes it so quiet that you’d think it was set just a but louder then the lowest setting. Frustrating as it worked in 12.04 without any issues. Tried 13.10 just to see, and worked on that as well, but 13.04 seems to be having an issue.

    • http://www.computerandyou.net/ Abhishek Prakash

      You may have done it, but just to verify, did you check the alsa settings?

    • http://www.computerandyou.net/ Abhishek Prakash

      I saw someone mentioning pavucontrol for this problem on Ask Ubuntu. Did you try it?

  • Sandy barton

    I have the same problem, but none of the above methods worked …:(

  • Sandy barton

    Yes, it worked…I hav done killall pulseaudio …. :)

    • http://www.computerandyou.net/ Abhishek Prakash

      So doing killall pulseaudio fixed this problem? did it reoccur?? I may update the post with your suggestion so the other could be benefited as well.

      • sandy barton

        yes Its fixed….

        • http://www.computerandyou.net/ Abhishek Prakash

          Great.. I update the article with your suggestion.

  • samuel

    hi
    I use ubuntu 12.04.2, and I’m new to it… :)
    My sound always stops after a few seconds, for different applications (youtube with rekonq, amarok…)
    I tried the three methods and it didn’t work..
    thanks for help
    sam

    • http://www.computerandyou.net/ Abhishek Prakash

      Try killall pulseaudio

      • ericek111

        Thaaaanks, man! I’ve tried to reinstall alsa and pulseaudio, restart computer and so, but the strongest command is killall!

  • Hunter Hayes

    Alright so I just recently installed Xubuntu 13.04 and I had audio for about 3 days. But now, the audio is all of a sudden gone! I did what you said and it fixed the problem but the next time I reboot the audio is gone again! I’ve been told by several people that it’s because Pulse doesn’t quite work properly. I have an Nvidia onboard sound card. Please help me! I have fallen in love with Linux but the annoyance of no sound is the only thing turning me off!

    • http://www.computerandyou.net/ Abhishek Prakash

      Try killall pulseaudio

      It has worked for many people.

  • David Loader

    None of the above worked for me. The install had found three audio devices. What did work was going into terminal with
    alsamixer
    then I could select the correct device there using F6. Scrolling through the options with the left/right arrow keys I found
    automute
    was enabled, so simply disabled it and presto!

    • http://www.computerandyou.net/ Abhishek Prakash

      Whoa! Thanks for the info. I’ll put in place your suggestion with screenshots in this or another article so that others will get benefit,

    • sam

      worked for me thx a million

  • Alperen Büyükatak

    it s working THANKS THANKS THANKS THANKS THANKS THANKS THANKS THANKS
    THANKS THANKS THANKS THANKS THANKS THANKS THANKS THANKS THANKS THANKS
    THANKS THANKS THANKS THANKS THANKS THANKS

    • http://www.computerandyou.net/ Abhishek Prakash

      You are welcome*15 :P

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  • bladerunner

    its still did not work.. it get the robot sound. but no drum beat startup. I get system program problem detect. wine will not update but it is installed. no updates appear to fix this problem. Intermittant sound drop out.. have to reset from time to time.

    • http://www.computerandyou.net/ Abhishek Prakash

      try killall pulseaudio

  • Daniel

    Incredibly, it works!!. Thank you.

    • http://www.computerandyou.net/ Abhishek Prakash

      You are welcome.

  • Виктор

    after first step, Rhythmbox no longer loaded with system…

  • Jagadeesh

    Great super work around. In my sound settings two options displayed. After selecting reading the first soution i tries to identify the correct option to be selected and not its just rocking. Thanks

    • http://www.computerandyou.net/ Abhishek Prakash

      welcome.

  • romeylo

    Hi,
    i`ve sound problems too but i can`t find a solution. I`ve remove alle pulseaudio and reinstall all alsa. In the windows settings/audio it shows the built in speakers, the sound from skype or thunderbird massage plays. But no login/logoff sound, no drum. What can i do? Any idea?
    Greetings Roland

  • len

    Hi,
    I am using 13.10 the sound works but not with skype, on the skype download page there is no option for 13.10 so I used the 12.04 one is this the problem?

    • http://www.computerandyou.net/ Abhishek Prakash

      it could be a problem with configuration. Please check it.

      • len

        Hi,
        When I rebooted, it does not load skype from the terminal any more, I guess I will have to wait for a fix to be issued.
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  • http://eyesontopeka.com/ Alex A

    I “no” it worked??? I KNOW that’s not what you meant.

    • http://www.computerandyou.net/ Abhishek Prakash

      lol…. thanks for pointing out the error. I edited the post :)

  • John Whitehead

    I have done all of the above and still have the same problem. My sound only stops working when the computer sleeps and starts up. Then I have to re-start with no changes and it works until sleep again. I think I have Kernal version 3.8.0-30 if it matters.

    It is very frustrating since I really like the Ubuntu “feel” better than Windows 8.

    • John Whitehead

      I have pretty much done everything on this post and some of the suggestions below and still the same result. When the comp sleeps and then re-awakens, no sound.

      • http://www.computerandyou.net/ Abhishek Prakash

        this is truly weird. Which version are you using??

        • John Whitehead

          I am using version 13.04 and will update to 13.10 today. I am using an All-In-One Dell XPS 27. I was reading where some laptops had problems because of onboard speakers. Right now, I just do sudo alsa force-reload and then re-start and all is good till sleep state.

          Thanks for replying and suggestion would be greatly appreciated.

        • John Whitehead

          Update: I have just did a fresh install of Ubuntu 13.10 and added Unity and one theme pack. So far the sound works when awakened. Hopefully everything will keep working.

          I am now going to do a step by step install of additional software and see if anything triggers the change.

          • http://www.computerandyou.net/ Abhishek Prakash

            I hope it won’t. Enjoy the sound of music :)

          • John Whitehead

            Yes. it worked. Just had to do a fresh install. I wondered if it had to with installing alongside Win 8? Either way, win 8 is now in VirtualBox after installing Ubuntu as the main OS.

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  • mukul

    thanks a lot, i installed boot manager , to disable speech synthesizer..

  • TC

    Alright, I just tried all of these methods, they didn’t work, and now the sound icon on my panel is missing. How do I get it back?

    • Diego Alcántara

      Try

      > sudo dpkg –configure -a

      > sudo reboot

  • Diego Alcántara

    I’ve found a two easy steps solution to this synthoms:
    “I just updated to Kubuntu 13.10 and several things are wrong. For instance, the only output sound device is Dummy Output, network icon has a red X on it and shutdown and restart buttons are missing.”

    > sudo dpkg –configure -a

    > sudo reboot

    (extracted from http://askubuntu.com/questions/360929/kubuntu-13-10-no-sound-missing-shutdown-button-network-disconnected )

    • http://www.computerandyou.net/ Abhishek Prakash

      I don’t know why and how it fixed the problem but if it did, its well and good. Thanks for sharing it.

      • Diego Alcántara

        Yesterday I updated to Kubuntu 13.10 and today those synthoms were revealed.
        Thank you for your posts.

  • Luca

    Hi,
    i`ve sound problems too after upgrrading to Ubuntu 13.10 and i can`t find a solution. I`ve remove alle pulseaudio and reinstall all alsa. Editing speech-dispatcher file by using the following command:
    sudo gedit /etc/default/speech-dispatcher, it is still set RUN=no.
    In the windows settings/audio it shows the built in speakers, the sound from skype message doesn’t play and no login/logoff sound, no drum. What can i do? Any idea? Thank you

  • Abba Okoro

    GOD BLESS YOU lol First option worked for me

  • ani odri

    Thanks a ton my friend it worked like a charme with the first command
    sudo alsa force-reload
    and after i just restarted ubuntu 13.10 64 bits, I opend sound settings and immediately I saw the volume bar at 100 %, before the command recommended by your article it was disabled.
    You saved my day.

  • http://www.datajoe.com/ Jacob Fogg

    +++!!! Upgraded from 13.04 to 13.10. First method worked great!

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  • Dave Vree

    Thanks a ton for this. Was really struggling after installation of xubuntu-desktop trashed by sound settings.

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  • Ice

    Is there a way to fix volume always maxed on restart??

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  • JKO jr.

    Thanks Abhishek for posting this guide. I ran a clean installation of Ubuntu 13.10 and could restore my sound thanks to your instructions.

    But my volume icon disappeard from the tray in the process. I restored the tray icon by reinstalling Indicator Sound with this command:

    sudo apt-get install indicator-sound

    (Thanks for Jorge Castro at askubuntu for sharing this tip – http://askubuntu.com/questions/182711/how-do-i-reinstall-the-sound-icon-sound-menu)

  • Andrew

    Do you have a article on how to disable headphone autodetect? I want sound coming through both speakers and headphones. I’m on Ubuntu 13.10 and in the sound settings there is no option to turn it off which is sad since such option exist in Windows.

  • P. Harrison Picot II

    When I go to the system settings and check the sound, it works, but in either Chrome or Firefox, there is no sound. I think they both use flash, is there a way to reload that?

  • Ton Baars

    Hi, since I installed 13.10 (it’s basically my start with open source) I’ve had trouble with sound. With trial and error I have managed several times to get sound, however it’s never permanent. Yesterday I found your solution and it worked, but today it was gone again. So I did your trick again and after the restart, which I will do after this message, I will see if it works again.
    Is there a way to get sound work all the time?

    thanks for your advise and hopefully there is a way to have sound all the time
    ton baars

  • Arunava

    The 1st method worked.
    Thanks a lot for the helpful post.

  • Ags

    Thx! IT works

    • http://www.computerandyou.net/ Abhishek Prakash

      Welcome

  • Jasim India

    I have ubuntu 11.04 version. It was built in ver with my Dell 7010 desktop. But no sound is coming. Any solution?

  • Jasim India

    I have ubuntu 11.10 version. It was built in ver with my Dell Optiplex i7 7010 desktop. But no sound is coming. Any solution?

  • Disgus

    Dear Abhishek. I did everithing you`ve said. Followed every step. And
    there is no sound at all. I`ve changed my os from Ubuntu to Lubuntu previous formated hdd. Everithing” s OK but no sound at all. Thank you for trying :)

    • http://www.computerandyou.net/ Abhishek Prakash

      try this from one of the users:

      “The install had found three audio devices. What did work was going into terminal with
      alsamixer
      then I could select the correct device there using F6. Scrolling through the options with the left/right arrow keys I found
      automute
      was enabled, so simply disabled it and presto!”

      • Fred06451321

        Thank you very much ! It fixed my problem

        • geekssaywhaa

          Thanks alot I kept overlooking this option on my new Xubuntu 13.10.

  • Hagbard Celine

    Hey folks,

    none of the above or below could solve the issue for me, but I found another solution in
    http://askubuntu.com/questions/95223/volume-icon-missing-after-removing-and-re-installing-pulseaudio
    In 13.10 (and maybe in prior versions), the settings are no longer stored in ~/.pulse, but in ~/.config/pulse – so all you have to do is changing the name of ~/.config/pulse to ~/.config/pulse_backup. You can do that manually in your filebrowser (ctrl + h to show hidden directories!) or by console:
    mv ~/.config/pulse ~/.config/pulse_backup
    Afterwards you will have to log out and in again to auto-recreate a clean config. Maybe it’ll help others as well :-)

    PS: Another post (http://askubuntu.com/questions/325262/what-is-a-failed-to-load-module-module-ladspa-sink-error) suggests that it might be enough to change some lines in ~/.config/pulse/default.pa .
    See original post for further details, but use the the path given above, since settings are no longer stored in ~/.pulse.

    • http://www.computerandyou.net/ Abhishek Prakash

      Thanks for sharing it Hagbard

  • Anon

    I love your “First Alternate method”. I love you so much. I love ItsFoss. Ubuntu 12.04 LTS.

    • http://www.computerandyou.net/ Abhishek Prakash

      Thanks for loving It’s FOSS :)

  • Dale J. Rodriguez

    The purging and reinstalling of alsa worked for me.

    • http://www.computerandyou.net/ Abhishek Prakash

      Good to know :)

  • Chris

    worked for me, thanks!

    • http://www.computerandyou.net/ Abhishek Prakash

      You are welcome Chris

  • Milan Čekić

    Thank you very, very much! After numerous attempts, it is finally working, alsa-force reload did the trick! Using skype with PearOs8 (ubuntu 13-10), seemed like system “forgot” to initialise my analog devices in Skype; strange, Clementine, xine and vlc are working just fine without need to “force”…. thnx again and best wishes! :)

  • http://www.webedukacija.com/ Web::Edukacija

    Is there any fix without reboot?

  • Nate

    My sound was going out after a little while after every boot for Ubuntu 13.10 on a Lenovo u430 Touch… I repeatedly did the first solution when it would go out, but it was getting annoying. I was hoping the first alternative would be a more permanent solution, but after doing it, the sound won’t work at all and I can’t open my Unity Tweak Tool (keeps telling me I’m missing schema com.canonical.indicator.sound). Help!

    • Nate

      I know my audio controller is a Lynx Point-LP HD Audio Controller, which should be supported, but I don’t know where to re-download the necessary packages/how to re-install them.

  • Amir Sarifudin

    thx

    • http://www.computerandyou.net/ Abhishek Prakash

      Welcome

  • vn

    ur an idiot

  • sameer

    hii , actually i baught Acer aspire E1-572 core i5 with xubuntu
    OS when i shut down my laptop that don’t shutdown normally untill i
    push the power button for the 10-15 second :( i have tryed al the
    grub recovery command but nothing happned , can plzz someone help
    me out

  • http://primitivestate.net/ Angus Edward

    Forcing ASLA to reload and then restarting worked for the same problem in 12.04.

  • Ganesh Jadhav

    i have just upgraded the system from 12.10 to 13.04 then to 13.10. now i am facing sound problem for each restart. Does it have any permanant solution

  • Mike Robinson

    Either forcing Alsa reload or rebooting solved it for me. Thanks for the help.

  • Wellington Melo

    all fail

  • Maria Lawrence

    My problem is there is NVIDIA HDMI -which seems to block out audio via speakers. But audio works through headphones alone on my sony vaio vpcz138gg running 64bit linux mint 16 kde. Tried every solution under the sun -no luck yet. Am glued to ear plugs built-in speakers remain dead

  • Robert

    How can i put sudo alsa force-reload to startup

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  • nico

    after trying everything and nothing seemed to work I thought of checking if the sound card worked with headphones. It did and after unplugging them the sound came from the pc speakers as if nothing had ever failed. Wizardry? I don’t know but the easiest solution was the one.

  • NiteRain

    yup, first method worked

  • Aishwary Raj

    hey any solution for non working sub woofer on ubuntu 13.10. works fine on windows 8. it does not work on 13.10 which I installed in dual boot.

  • Mahadevi

    My Ubuntu sound is not working.when i tried to solve it, they are asking sudo alsa hp password which i don’t know .what should I do?

    • http://itsfoss.com/ Abhishek Prakash

      sudo requires you to enter your admin password.

  • Parks

    I had a sound problem after installing the intel grapics installer, this resolved the problem. Thanks. Flavour 13.10 64bit

    • http://itsfoss.com/ Abhishek Prakash

      Welcome

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  • http://michaeldavidfleming.com Michael Fleming

    Nice. Fixed it in a jiffy. Thanks. :)

    • http://itsfoss.com/ Abhishek Prakash

      Welcome Michael.

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  • Amr Elghobary

    Thanks you saved my day :)

  • salima

    hi abhishek
    i tried your suggestions but it didnt work for me on lubuntu 13.10. but for the last alternate fix you mentioned, there is no such file set up in /etc/default/speech-dispatcher. there is some issue about speech-dispatcher and ‘locale c’ i thought, but i dont know if that is the problem. i really love lubuntu, but i need my music!

  • salima

    got my music!
    added pulseaudio volume control and was able to see what was muted … it was set for the internal speakers (of which there arent any) not the plugins

    • http://itsfoss.com/ Abhishek Prakash

      Glad that you fixed it :)