No Sound At All!

liam321 at liam321 at
Tue Sep 11 12:22:50 UTC 2007

On Mon, 10 Sep 2007 11:34:19 -0300, "Derek Broughton"
<news at> said:
> Pete Holsberg wrote:
> > Can anyone give me any pointers on  troubleshooting audio on a Dell 2400
> > that uses an Intel 82801DB/DBL/DBM (ICH4/ICH4-L/ICH4-M) AC'97 Audio
> > Controller?
> > 
> > I'm running Xubuntu 7.04.
> > 
> > I had sound at some point -- maybe with Kubuntu -- but now its gone.
> I wish I knew (but not enough to actually troubleshoot it myself!)
> Mine's an Inspiron 6000, but it uses the same Intel chipset. I _used_ to
> find that immediately after boot, I always had sound, but that it would
> disappear after I'd been running KDE for some time.  Now that's not even
> true.
> It seems that something grabs the soundcard and doesn't let the sound
> daemon
> access it.  
> -- 
> derek

I had the similar problems with a Dell Inspiron 6000. This guide solved
it for me though:

"Comprehensive Sound Problem Solutions Guide"

(For me, the solution involved running ran "alsamixer" in a terminal. A
"terminal-UI" program opens. Navigate between the controls with
left-arrow and right-arrow. I navigated to a control number five or so
(counted from the left) and "unmuted" it, by pressing 'm'. See also "man
alsamixer". Note that I pretty much have no idea why or how this


Hugo Heden

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