Sound on Ubuntu 11.10

Ric Moore wayward4now at
Thu Dec 22 19:27:18 UTC 2011

On 12/22/2011 03:52 AM, Jamie Paul Griffin wrote:
> On Thu, Dec 22, 2011 at 12:09:28AM -0500, Ric Moore wrote:
>> On 12/21/2011 04:32 PM, John Graddy wrote:
>>> I have recently upgraded to Ubuntu 11.10 after skipping a couple
>>> of upgrades. The magnitude of the changes has been quite a
>>> shock.
>>> There are apparently a LOT of problems with sound in 11.10.  I
>>> have had a problem since upgrading.  I have spent a lot of time
>>> chasing sound problems and have put in a couple of fixes.
>>> Nothing seems to work across system boots.
>>> Does anyone know if there is an ongoing effort to correct the
>>> many sound problems in 11.10?
>> Most problems are cured by opening alsamixer, checking that
>> nothing critical that you would use it muted. Once you have exited
>> it, then open pavucontrol. If your's is a fresh install you may
>> have to install it. When you have pavucontrol fired up. select your
>> sound system output, like stereo or 5.1, then your input source
>> (like USB mike or whatever) then you should be good to go. Keep in
>> mind, alsamixer controls the innards of alsa, which is the sound
>> system. Pulse just sits on top, like a traffic cop, and directs
>> your inputs/outputs to where you want them to go, on the fly. If
>> alsa isn't happy, nothing happens at all. Ric
> I can second that. I installed 11.10 server about a week ago. I had
> no sound at all and simply installed alsa and alsa-utils and then
> used alsamixer to unmute the bits I needed. I have some JBL speaker
> plugged into my machine and now it all works beautifully. In fact,
> I've been impressed overall with how well everything has worked after
> some simple configuration steps.

I'm guessing that for a server install it doesn't automatically install 
alsa? I would have thought it would be installed by default. Learned 
something new today! :) Ric

My father, Victor Moore (Vic) used to say:
"There are two Great Sins in the world...
..the Sin of Ignorance, and the Sin of Stupidity.
Only the former may be overcome." R.I.P. Dad.

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