[Bug 877794] [NEW] Sound mostly stopped working after ALSA updates on Oct 17

Launchpad Bug Tracker 877794 at bugs.launchpad.net
Tue Oct 18 22:55:01 UTC 2011

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Running a clean install of Oneiric (installed on Friday) and sound
worked perfectly prior to this issue.

Monday, Oct 17, I installed the following updates from Update Manager ("*" symbol added for emphasis):
** bluez-alsa:amd64 (4.96-0ubuntu3, 4.96-0ubuntu4),
python-cupshelpers:amd64 (1.3.6+20110831-0ubuntu9, 1.3.6+20110831-0ubuntu9.1),
libgnome-bluetooth8:amd64 (3.2.0-0ubuntu1, 3.2.0-0ubuntu2), 
gir1.2-gnomebluetooth-1.0:amd64 (3.2.0-0ubuntu1, 3.2.0-0ubuntu2), 
libgnome-desktop-3-2:amd64 (3.2.0-0ubuntu4, 3.2.0-0ubuntu4.1), 
python-ubuntuone-client:amd64 (2.0.0-0ubuntu1, 2.0.0-0ubuntu2), 
system-config-printer-gnome:amd64 (1.3.6+20110831-0ubuntu9, 1.3.6+20110831-0ubuntu9.1), 
ubuntuone-client:amd64 (2.0.0-0ubuntu1, 2.0.0-0ubuntu2), 
bluez-gstreamer:amd64 (4.96-0ubuntu3, 4.96-0ubuntu4), 
totem-plugins:amd64 (3.0.1-0ubuntu5, 3.0.1-0ubuntu7), 
libimobiledevice2:amd64 (1.1.1-1, 1.1.1-1ubuntu1), 
bluez-cups:amd64 (4.96-0ubuntu3, 4.96-0ubuntu4), 
libtotem0:amd64 (3.0.1-0ubuntu5, 3.0.1-0ubuntu7), 
bluez:amd64 (4.96-0ubuntu3, 4.96-0ubuntu4), 
gnome-desktop3-data:amd64 (3.2.0-0ubuntu4, 3.2.0-0ubuntu4.1), 
gir1.2-totem-1.0:amd64 (3.0.1-0ubuntu5, 3.0.1-0ubuntu7), 
libsyncdaemon-1.0-1:amd64 (2.0.0-0ubuntu1, 2.0.0-0ubuntu2), 
gnome-bluetooth:amd64 (3.2.0-0ubuntu1, 3.2.0-0ubuntu2), 
** alsa-utils:amd64 (,, 
system-config-printer-udev:amd64 (1.3.6+20110831-0ubuntu9, 1.3.6+20110831-0ubuntu9.1), 
python-cups:amd64 (1.9.58-0ubuntu1, 1.9.59-0ubuntu0.1), 
ubuntuone-client-gnome:amd64 (2.0.1-0ubuntu1, 2.0.1-0ubuntu2), 
system-config-printer-common:amd64 (1.3.6+20110831-0ubuntu9, 1.3.6+20110831-0ubuntu9.1), 
totem:amd64 (3.0.1-0ubuntu5, 3.0.1-0ubuntu7), 
totem-mozilla:amd64 (3.0.1-0ubuntu5, 3.0.1-0ubuntu7), 
totem-common:amd64 (3.0.1-0ubuntu5, 3.0.1-0ubuntu7), 
libbluetooth3:amd64 (4.96-0ubuntu3, 4.96-0ubuntu4)

After rebooting:
- Skype hangs on "Signing in..."
- Empathy freezes
- X-Chat-Gnome hangs for 30+ seconds each time someone mentions my name (w/ sound alerts on)
- when I try to watch videos on Firefox OR Chrome, flash freezes and eventually quits
- when I launch Last.fm (native player), I get "The ALSA soundsystem is either busy or not present."
- "Sound Settings" shows no sound hardware available.

Oddly, some sounds still work (usually alerts) but only sometimes.  I'm
gussing that if ALSA is fixed, everything else will fall into place

Here's a dump from the ALSA information script:

Here's a copy of each my APT-GET logs:

"Sound Settings" screenshot:

** Affects: alsa-utils (Ubuntu)
     Importance: Undecided
         Status: New

** Tags: alsa sound update
Sound mostly stopped working after ALSA updates on Oct 17
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