How To Fix: No Sound In Ubuntu 14.04 And Linux Mint 17

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No sound in Ubuntu 14.04 and Linux Mint 17

This article was originally written for Ubuntu 13.04 but it is also applicable to no sound problem in Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 14.10 and Linux Mint 17.

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 14.04.

While there could be several reasons for no sound in Ubuntu 14.04, 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 14.04:

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.


First Alternate method to fix no sound in Ubuntu 14.04:

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 14.04:

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 14.04. 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 !

    • Abhishek Prakash

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

      • 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.


        • Abhishek Prakash

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

          • Rodrigo Noales

            Works perfectly – Thanks !

          • 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.

    • 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.

  • MarcusKlaasDeVries

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

    • 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.

  • Carlos Brys

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

    • 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 !

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  • 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”.

    • Abhishek Prakash

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

      • John

        I did that, same results. :/

        • 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 :/

          • 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.

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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.

    • Abhishek Prakash

      Does it happen often?

      • 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

    • kavadias

      For me (Kubuntu 12.04) these commands return a number of error msgs.
      I use:

      killall pulseaudio
      sudo alsa force-reload

      kmix and tray icon work fine.

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    • dave

      mint 17.1 cinnamon, cheers… didn’t even have to reboot to get audio back.
      acer extensa 5620z laptop

      i was playing with MusE and jackd and couldn’t get them to play nice with my
      soundcard. (removed both)

      i do appreciate OP’s post, without that i wouldn’t have found Doc Hego’s post

  • 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.

    • 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 :(

    • 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).

    • 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.

    • Abhishek Prakash

      You are welcome.

  • 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.

    • Abhishek Prakash

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

    • 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 …. :)

    • 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….

        • Abhishek Prakash

          Great.. I update the article with your suggestion.

  • samuel

    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

    • 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!

    • 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
    then I could select the correct device there using F6. Scrolling through the options with the left/right arrow keys I found
    was enabled, so simply disabled it and presto!

    • 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

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    • Abhishek Prakash

      You are welcome*15 😛

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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.

    • Abhishek Prakash

      try killall pulseaudio

  • Daniel

    Incredibly, it works!!. Thank you.

    • 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

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  • romeylo

    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

    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?

    • Abhishek Prakash

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

      • len

        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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  • Alex A

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

    • 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.

      • 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.

          • 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


      > 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 )

    • 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.

    • Helen

      I’m running Kubuntu 14.04 and this fix worked for me. Thanks!

  • Luca

    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.

  • 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 –

  • 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

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  • 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 :)

    • Abhishek Prakash

      try this from one of the users:

      “The install had found three audio devices. What did work was going into terminal with
      then I could select the correct device there using F6. Scrolling through the options with the left/right arrow keys I found
      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
    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 ( suggests that it might be enough to change some lines in ~/.config/pulse/ .
    See original post for further details, but use the the path given above, since settings are no longer stored in ~/.pulse.

    • 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.

    • Abhishek Prakash

      Thanks for loving It’s FOSS :)

  • Dale J. Rodriguez

    The purging and reinstalling of alsa worked for me.

    • Abhishek Prakash

      Good to know :)

  • Chris

    worked for me, thanks!

    • 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! :)

  • 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.

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  • 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

  • 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?

    • 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

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  • Michael Fleming

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

    • 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

    • Abhishek Prakash

      Glad that you fixed it :)

  • Adam Lembert

    I fix it . Some thing wrong when i upgrade my system to new linux-kernel3.11.20 … . But problem might be a ” udev ” – this is a dynamic module loader . i update system with command apt-get dist-upgrade , and new version of udev might conflic.
    so i manual load alsa module with config file , and it work . i can’t remmenber command :(
    solution is downgrade udev . :)

  • farfaraway

    I’m running a fresh install of Ubuntu 14.04. I tried the alsa force reload and it didn’t work. Then I tried the first alternate method and not only did it not work, but the System Settings page is now mostly empty, only five icons left in there. Looks like I’ll have to reinstall from scratch.

  • Maria Pyrina

    Thanks a lot!

    • Abhishek Prakash

      welcome Maria

  • Spencer

    Following an update of linux I lost sound with only “Dummy Output” in my list of sound devices as shown in the article.
    “sudo alsa force-reload” resuted in “Nothing to reload”
    I moved on to the First Alternate Method and (after re-boot) my sound was fixed. Thankyou.

    Just a side note for info/research… The no sound problem wasn’t my only problem. Videos played with VLC, and Gnome Video player played with black screen (and obvs no sound). This problem went away as soon as I fixed the sound so I assume the sound issue must have been crashing the media playback in general.

  • Raffaele Faberfortunaesuae Car

    plugging and then unplugging my headphones/earphones worked for me

  • WhiteStone

    Thank you for your ‘fix your sound in Mint 17’ article. We had greatly reduced volume and were frustrated. Would you believe, it was as simple as reading your post and going to the Control Center and raising the Master Volume. Regardless, you get the credit – we can hear our PC again.

    My Husband and I are avid readers. We read Westerns mostly in the cattle drive era. Actually, my Husband listens while I read. Works for us. I grew up reading and have enjoyed Agatha Christie’s works.

    Kind Regards,
    Mrs. M

    • Abhishek Prakash

      “To every problem, there is a most simple solution.” Agatha Christie in The Clocks :)

  • wilk.gr76

    My Lenovo ThinkPad running Linux Mint 32-bit 17 Cinnamon has sound out of the box….

    • Abhishek Prakash

      It is not funny. Most of the installs have sound out of the box. Afterall, it is not a feature to have no sound in Linux 😉

  • DJ

    i have sound problem for headphones in ubuntu 12.04 and above all ubutnu until 14.04 LTS, my iball headphones work fine on ubuntu 11.10 & below version. Aslo work good on windows os. My Laptop is lenovo 300Y410 9QQ. After connecting headphone it play cracks or noise sound on everyting like increasing sound or decreasing, also during movies,music everything.

    • Abhishek Prakash

      Try adjusting the headphone pin. Put it a little out in the laptop instead of putting it all in. It worked for me this way in my old laptop which I thought was broken after a rough drop. Did not think it could be a software problem :(

  • Fred

    None of that worked. That window is starting to look good

  • Bobww 9

    1. You might want to add Lubuntu 14.04 to this article title if it is applicable?
    2. If not applicable, do you have any straight forward steps (planning a future article?) to help LUBUNTU 14.04 (LTS) users?

    • Abhishek Prakash

      I think it should be working the same in Lubuntu as well.

      • Bobww 9

        Just added pulse audio and or Alsa, one or both of which did not come with original download of Lubuntu 14.04. Sound now working?

        • Abhishek Prakash

          Was that a question or information :)

          • Bobww 9

            Just wanted to inform folks that when I downloaded Lubuntu, it did not automatically supply sound for my computer. I had to download an extra package to make my sound work.
            The sentence “Sound now working?” is a puzzle to me. Why would Lubuntu supply an OS without sound? Why would Lubuntu not clearly state this fact and supply directions on how to get sound in it’s downloads information? Maybe I’m making too big of deal of this? The above is meant to be informational.

          • Abhishek Prakash

            oh… okay… that question mark confused me :)

  • anon

    Disabling speech-dispatcher worked for me. Thanks a lot.

  • maurice37

    i was having problem with sound in 14.04 after switching to GNOME from UNITY.Didn’t found appropriate answers from askubuntu,stackoverflow.But this really made my day.Thanks!

    • Abhishek Prakash

      Welcome Maurice.

  • coilfyzx

    Hello. My sound works. However I have a Plantronics USB Headset that I simply cannot hear anything through. Built-in speakers work, 3.5 mm audio port works, usb thumb drive works. However my usb headset isn’t so much as being recognized by the operating system. Do you have any thoughts on the matter that could help me please?

  • petran79

    sometimes this occurs completely at random.
    Even if I reboot, sound card does not work. Yet when I boot to Windows and then back to Ubuntu, sound card works again.
    Or if I shut down the PC and turn off the PSU and log in again.

    • m spellman

      if you happen to have the Via 8251 chipset just add pci=nomsi to the grub boot configuration. This fixed the dummy output issue and restored the ability to access SATA drives.

  • D

    Hi, none of the solutions worked.

  • Kosti1

    Thank you for breaking my linux mint 17.
    When i start my computer. comes only loading logo and then black and mouse cursor T_T.
    and i can move mouse cursor.

  • BasmoBillyBob

    The issue on my PC is that it does this after every reboot. I’ve tried every suggestion here, but no cigar. I have to force an ALSA reload to get any sound out of the system, but setting speech-dispatcher to not run doesn’t work, as it’s already set that way. Furthermore, even after I reload ALSA, I still have to go into alsamixer and change output from speakers to headphones. My sound card is an Asus Essence STX, which the system detects as the AV200 chipset at the start, but no sound will come out until after ALSA has been reloaded.

  • Rinkashime Tukadokushi

    none of these worked for me… all it seemed to do is remove the little “sound” icon froom the top..

  • Hoda

    Your first alternative just messed up my ubuntu. In settings I have lost nearly all icons and I am currently fixing basic things that worked before.

    • Andrew

      Had same problem, dixed with:
      sudo apt-get install ubuntu-desktop

  • High Plains Thumper

    I’ve got a problem with Mint 17 Mate 64-bit. Playing MP3’s through Audacious or Totem is missing the piano. I hear bass, lead instrument, drums, etc. but not piano. It worked an earlier version I had installed about 2 years ago. The files work fine on my other systems, netbooks and laptops I haven’t upgraded. I’ve got sound, yes, but this puzzles me. I have no problems with sound in YouTube and Adobe Flash. Is Ubuntu’s possibly not getting PulseAudio right a problem? How do I fix this particular problem? Otherwise I like Mint. My only other resolve may be to go to the Mint Mate Debian distro, but I’d like to give Mint Mate Ubuntu a fair chance. Any clues to help me fix this problem will be most appreciated, thanks in advance.

    • High Plains Thumper

      I found the problem. This is with the Hal Leonard Jazz Play Along CD backing tracks. I installed “QasMixer” (desktop mixer with features similar to alsamixer) and found that Analog Front right channel in the AlsaMixer to my CA0106 had been turned almost all the way down. Why it was apparently set to this I don’t know. I didn’t have access to this through the PulseAudio Volume Control. This is the 64-bit version of Mint 17 XFCE. OTOH, I have the 32 bit version on my laptop, it had no problems.

  • Callie Brooks

    I followed this because the auther stated it would work for Linux Mint. It didn’t worked, but created other problems. Thank you.

    • Abhishek Prakash

      It has worked for Linux Mint as well. You can see that in comments.

      What other issues did it introduce?

  • Luka

    Thank you!!!!

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  • Georges Kesseler

    None of those methodes worked for me. I had to do this:
    run alsamixer on command line
    it shows “card: pulseaudio”
    select your sound. for me it was “HDA Intel”
    Scroll to right with the “arrow right” key
    If anything has MM written, push the M button to unmute it
    When you find Line, put the volume to max with “arrow up” key and M to unmute
    Push ESC to exit

    then do the sudo alsa force-reload
    and finally pulesaudio -k

  • IzirAtig

    None of them worked.

  • Zad

    Hi, my sound problem seems to be one that doesn’t want to be fixed. I have tried numerous fixes, kills, loads, reloads, updates and reboots it’s not funny. One thing I notice though is that in system settings/sound the output volume is not working ( it’s set all the way to the left and unable to move to the right )and the “play sound through” box is not showing any device. Of note, my graphic card went bad early this week and I replaced it with a new Nvidia graphic card and that’s when this whole mess got started. Does this has anything to do with sound as well? If so, any idea how to fix it.


  • onno

    For the Hp Entertainment Series with nvidia grafic and intel hda ich8 soundcard,i reinstalled alsa, edit /etc/pulse/ adding the command set-sink-port(source;-,reboot in grub;- boot with acpi=noirq(otherwise it conficts with open GL and you see only one cpu instead of two,hardware censors fail).Thanks for you solution.

  • onno

    I forgot,i use kubuntu 14.04 lts amd 64.

  • Albur

    Reinstalling alsa and pulseaudio was the solution. Thanks! ;D

  • purushottam

    i need some help ! i have sound problem ! sund notification only shows dummy output !! can somebody help ??

    sudo alsa force-reload
    Unloading ALSA sound driver modules: (none loaded).
    Loading ALSA sound driver modules: (none to reload).

    speech dispatcher is set to run=no

  • Harry Pennington

    ok when check my sound I get a blank screen but since doing the fix problem I hear in my log in screen it says ( front center) this I hear but nothing else getting really frustrated with this, Help.

  • Anita Lewis

    Thanks. sudo alsa force-reload just fixed it for me. Sound went out after an update of software this morning.

  • blahpblah

    Thanks for the info, but can you tell me how it is useful that the commands that you’ve provided remain in black, even after you’ve selected them? This means that there’s no way to confirm that you’ve selected the text which many of your visitors obviously would want to copy and paste into the terminal?

    • Abhishek Prakash

      It’s browser dependent. On Firefox the commands are still showed as black even after selection while on Chrome it’s better.

  • Mihai Rock

    The First One is Working For Me! Thank You!!!!!
    Kubuntu 14.04

    • Abhishek Prakash

      Welcome Mihai

  • iQ Studies

    Rolled back from Kernel 3.13.0-39-generic to 3.13.0-37-generic solved the problem. Keep the trusty update of this kernel version

  • Pete Gannon

    Kind of a newbie with Linux but have been around pc’s for many years.
    Had a problem with wine and somehow lost my audio. Tried everything I could find and finally upgraded by iso to Ubuntu 14.10. Audio worked until reboot. When I checked the system reverted back to Trusty Tahr 14.04 and audio was gone. Tried upgrading again to 14.10 through Software and Updates but still no sound. Tried all recommendations on this page and still no audio.
    Audio Device is: Intel Corporation NM10/ICH7 Family High Definition Audio Controller (rev 01) when I look for audio 2 instances of this device show up, players assume it is there but no sound comes out of the headset.

  • danielguiler

    It worked! Thanks so much!

    • Abhishek Prakash


  • john

    i have a sound problem in kubuntu,headphone was not working in it then i edit /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base.conf
    and write following two lines:
    options snd-hda-intel model=eapd probe_mask=1 position_fix=1
    options snd-hda-intel model=laptop position_fix=1 enable=yes.

    ( these lines were missing )

    Now it works but sound quality is bad .Also internal speaker show distrotion when set at high volume..
    pls help!

  • Enas Kapoios

    Dear Abhishek,

    Let me inform you that your First Alternate method worked like a charm in Ubuntu 15.04 (Kernel 3.19.0-15-generic)

    After upgrading to this kernel my Lenovo G50-45 (AMD A8) was unable to play any sound even if in sound settings I was able to test the speakers and hear the outcome.

    Best regards for your great Job

    • Abhishek Prakash

      Good to hear that Enas.

  • Galto2000


    I have Ubuntu 14.04.2 LTS. I installed it on a dual boot machine (along Windows 7) a couple of months ago. I always had sound until today. For some reason my sound is no longer working. I tried everything in the article, but nothing works.

    In fact, when I apply “sudo alsa force-reload”, I get a pop up window that says:

    “Couldn’t restart playback. Failed to open output device: pa_stream_writable_size() failed:Connection terminated”

    Any ideas ?

    Thanks in advance


  • fuad

    mine is ubunutu 14 version perfectly worked, but I am afraid I have to do the same tricks again after a suspend or sleeping mode.

  • JHG

    amixer -c 0 cset iface=MIXER,name=’Headphone Playback Volume’ 100%