Xubuntu 12.04 - sound not working

Bill Stanley bstanle at wowway.com
Sat Sep 22 13:18:20 UTC 2012

On 09/21/2012 11:27 PM, Steven Grace wrote:
> On 09/21/2012 07:53 PM, Bill Stanley wrote:
>>> On 09/21/2012 09:07 PM, Steven Grace wrote:
>>> You can also run "Volume Control" from a terminal. Enter: pavucontrol
>> I have that program under multimedia / "pulse audio volume control" and
>> I ran that prior to asking the forum for help. The problem is that
>> there are many options and I can't tell which is the right one. As far
>> as I can tell, everything looks to be correct. Then again, it's hard to
>> tell from this program. On the Output devices tab it shows:
>> Port... HDMI / Display port it shows nothing on the drop down
>> list for this item
>> PCM is grey but also the check box for this item is enabled.
>> Front Left and Front Right are grey but the slider is at 100%
>> Built in Audio Analog stereo .. there is a green check mark here.
>> Show: All output devices is selected. The other options are Hardware
>> output devices and Virtual output devices.
>> Like I said, the output of pavucontrol is hard to make sense of.
> What devices are listed on the Configuration tab?

Under configuration, it lists two devices (this probably is the problem).

Number one:  GF116 High Definition Audio Controller
              Profile: Digital Stereo (HDMI) output.

Number two:  Built in Audio
              Profile: Analog Stereo Duplex

I think I am beginning to get a sense of what is going on.  Earlier this 
month I upgraded my video card.  At the time, I was not interested in 
the HDMI port that is on the card.  Now, when I use Xubuntu 12.04, there 
might be a conflict between the sound system that is on the motherboard 
and the new HDMI interface that is on the video card.  (My old video 
card did not have a HDMI port).  I'm not sure if this is the problem 
because when I turned the HDMI port off in the configuration tab, 
nothing happened.  Comments anybody?

Bill Stanley

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