Sound sometimes stops playing in hardy

NoOp glgxg at
Wed Dec 24 20:17:12 UTC 2008

On 12/24/2008 11:46 AM, tchomby wrote:
> I'm trying to fix an issue on a friend's laptop. It's a fully updated
> hardy/8.04 install. Every now and then, in the middle of a session,
> sound will stop playing. Any sound player: totem, rhythmbox, mplayer,
> etc., will show progress stuck at 0 and play no sound when you press
> play. It affects any type of sound, local mp3 or ogg file, stream,
> etc. Sometimes trying to play another file will cause everything to
> start working again but generally not. A restart fixes it temporarily.
> I searched launchpad etc. but couldn't find any information about
> this. Is it a known bug? Is there a workaround? Will upgrading to
> Intrepid get rid of it?
> I suspect this is something to do with pulseaudio, which I think was
> introduced for hardy.
> The laptop in question is a ThinkPad R60e, the audio is an onboard
> Intel 82801G (module snd_hda_intel). I'll attach the complete output
> of lshw as a file.
> Thanks

I've uninstalled pulseaudio in hardy, but these may be of help otherwise:
[Still No Sound for 8.04 and 8.10 on Dell 1420]
[Dell Studio no sound Ubuntu 8.10]

While they are 'Dell' titled, the common suggestion in both should work
for your Thinkpad as well:
sudo killall pulseaudio
sudo alsa force-reload

and them go to System>Preferences>Sound and change everything to ALSA

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