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

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:

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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.


  1. Skype stopped working (thanks Microsoft) on my old 32 bit laptop running Ubuntu 14.04. Installing Ghetto Skype got around Microsoft’s attempt to make everyone get a 64 bit machine, but initially the sound didn’t work. I went through the above 3 options, and after the third one everything was loud and clear. Many thanks.

  2. I was hoping your suggestions would fix my sound problems but alas, it is not to be. No volume control, no sound devices. I managed to get sound working through ALSA (VLC and Media Player) and in Chrome and Opera but not Firefox. And still, no devices listed in Sound Settings. I seem to have messed it up in a big way.

    But even though I didn’t find what I needed here, I want you to know that I do appreciate your site, just the same.

    Cheers, Mate.

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