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another sound question

Link to this post 25 Nov 09

I have no sound coming from from my laptop.
I can switch audio drivers by clicking on the volume icon in the lower right and then click volume control.
Which brings up another menu and at the top you can select a driver for that device.

I have tried all of the "playback" ones and nothing works
The one that seemed to be the default is the ATI IXP (Alsa mixer).

I know this worked just a few days ago.

Is there a chance that an update screwed things up?

Any help is appreciated!

Eric

Link to this post 25 Nov 09

12 views and no thoughts?...

what do I do to roll back updates?.
How do I know which updates applied to what device and all?

...I know this just worked a few days ago.

thanks,
Eric

Link to this post 25 Nov 09

I am probably most of the views that you have seen, I have been checking on the thread since you posted hoping that someone can answer you.

However since no replies have come in yet I went ahead and booted Ubuntu to attempt to assist you with your issue.

To view the package installation history you can open /var/lib/dpkg/info in the file browser, then view it in detailed view and sort by modified date, this will show you the order and dates that the packages were installed.

As for the sound problem, I have been hearing a lot about it, but have not experienced it. One thing you can do is guarantee that in system -> Administration -> users and groups your user privileges include "use audio devices". But most reports are saying that the audio problem is not related to any specific changes but that it is random due to instability in pulseaudio. I have not had any issues so I have not been able to test this, but someone posted a script at http://www.commandlinefu.com/commands/view/1890/fix-ubuntus-broken-sound-server that is reported to fix the problem when it happens.

Please report back telling us if the script works and stating any other information that you may have come across, hopefully together we can find a permanent solution.

Link to this post 26 Nov 09

sigh...thanks..lol

I have tried all of what you suggested.
adim...priv...."use audio devices" was NOT checked off but did that to no avail.
ran the script (I think)..right clicked one the desktop, open terminal, paste(d)...didn't change anything
have browsed to the "/var/lib/dpkg/info" folder but don't know what i am looking for.

Also, am looking at the Synaptic package manager....I type in "pulse" for a quick search and there are 51 entries..i wouldn't know what to install, reinstall or uninstall to fix the problem...

Thanks for the help so far!...
Eric

Link to this post 26 Nov 09

czar960 wrote:

sigh...thanks..lol

I have tried all of what you suggested.
adim...priv...."use audio devices" was NOT checked off but did that to no avail.
ran the script (I think)..right clicked one the desktop, open terminal, paste(d)...didn't change anything
have browsed to the "/var/lib/dpkg/info" folder but don't know what i am looking for.

Also, am looking at the Synaptic package manager....I type in "pulse" for a quick search and there are 51 entries..i wouldn't know what to install, reinstall or uninstall to fix the problem...

Thanks for the help so far!...
Eric

I am all out of ideas, the only one left is to revert to Ubuntu 9.04 since the rash of issues are all with 9.10.

Link to this post 26 Nov 09

how do I know what version of Ubunto i have?
sorry, I am just used to windows and some of this does not translate.

thanks!...Happy Thanksgiving!
E

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