ALSA & RealTek Drivers

Asked by Mark Edwards

By default, I was getting stereo sound, but I have 5.1, and damnit, I'll be a silly goose if I don't use what I paid for. So I downloaded the ALSA drivers from RealTek.... and although there were a few errors I continued to follow the instructions... and now I have NO SOUND. Great. So I downloaded the libraries, utilities, driver from ALSA's website... and it looked like it worked... but then some errors, and STILL NO SOUND. I'm about to cut a *****. So let me know what you'd like me to post error or message wise and I'll put 'em up in pastebin an link here. I was doing all this in terminal (since of course, linux is too good for GUI installations...). I am using the onboard realtek high definition audio card on an Asus P5N-E SLI mobo. Ubuntu, latest edition.

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actionparsnip (andrew-woodhead666) said :
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Can you give the output of:

wget -O alsa-info.sh http://www.alsa-project.org/alsa-info.sh; chmod +x ./alsa-info.sh; ./alsa-info.sh

Thanks

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Mark Edwards (jedwards) said :
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actionparsnip (andrew-woodhead666) said :
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!!################################
!!ALSA Information Script v 0.4.60
!!################################

!!Script ran on: Tue Jan 31 09:03:20 UTC 2012

!!Linux Distribution
!!------------------

Ubuntu 11.10 \n \l DISTRIB_ID=Ubuntu DISTRIB_DESCRIPTION="Ubuntu 11.10"

!!DMI Information
!!---------------

Manufacturer: System manufacturer
Product Name: System Product Name
Product Version: System Version

!!Kernel Information
!!------------------

Kernel release: 3.0.0-15-generic
Operating System: GNU/Linux
Architecture: i686
Processor: i686
SMP Enabled: Yes

!!ALSA Version
!!------------

Driver version:
Library version: 1.0.25
Utilities version: 1.0.24.2

!!Loaded ALSA modules
!!-------------------

!!Sound Servers on this system
!!----------------------------

Pulseaudio:
      Installed - Yes (/usr/bin/pulseaudio)
      Running - Yes

ESound Daemon:
      Installed - Yes (/usr/bin/esd)
      Running - No

!!Soundcards recognised by ALSA
!!-----------------------------

!!PCI Soundcards installed in the system
!!--------------------------------------

00:10.1 Audio device: nVidia Corporation MCP51 High Definition Audio (rev a2)

!!Advanced information - PCI Vendor/Device/Subsystem ID's
!!--------------------------------------------------------

00:10.1 0403: 10de:026c (rev a2)
 Subsystem: 1043:8249

!!Modprobe options (Sound related)
!!--------------------------------

snd-atiixp-modem: index=-2
snd-intel8x0m: index=-2
snd-via82xx-modem: index=-2
snd-usb-audio: index=-2
snd-usb-caiaq: index=-2
snd-usb-ua101: index=-2
snd-usb-us122l: index=-2
snd-usb-usx2y: index=-2
snd-cmipci: mpu_port=0x330 fm_port=0x388
snd-pcsp: index=-2
snd-usb-audio: index=-2

!!Loaded sound module options
!!--------------------------

!!ALSA Device nodes
!!-----------------

crw-rw---- 1 root audio 116, 1 Jan 30 23:54 /dev/snd/seq
crw-rw---- 1 root audio 116, 33 Jan 30 23:54 /dev/snd/timer

!!Aplay/Arecord output
!!------------

APLAY

aplay: device_list:240: no soundcards found...

ARECORD

arecord: device_list:240: no soundcards found...

!!Amixer output
!!-------------

!!Alsactl output
!!-------------

--startcollapse--
--endcollapse--

!!All Loaded Modules
!!------------------

Module
michael_mic
arc4
rfcomm
bnep
bluetooth
pci_stub
vboxpci
vboxnetadp
vboxnetflt
vboxdrv
dm_crypt
binfmt_misc
soundcore
snd_page_alloc
lib80211_crypt_tkip
wl
psmouse
lib80211
nv_tco
i2c_nforce2
ppdev
serio_raw
parport_pc
dm_multipath
asus_atk0110
lp
parport
nouveau
ttm
drm_kms_helper
drm
firewire_ohci
firewire_core
i2c_algo_bit
ahci
mxm_wmi
wmi
usbhid
hid
video
floppy
crc_itu_t
forcedeth
libahci
sata_nv
pata_amd

!!ALSA/HDA dmesg
!!------------------

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actionparsnip (andrew-woodhead666) said :
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Driver version:
Library version: 1.0.25
Utilities version: 1.0.24.2

Is a bit weird. Can you give the output of:

dpkg -l | grep -i alsa

Thanks

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Mark Edwards (jedwards) said :
#5

:~$ dpkg -l | grep -i alsa
ii alsa-base 1.0.24+dfsg-0ubuntu2 ALSA driver configuration files
ii alsa-utils 1.0.24.2-0ubuntu8.1 Utilities for configuring and using ALSA
rc alsaplayer-gtk 0.99.80-5build1 PCM player designed for ALSA (GTK+ version)
ii bluez-alsa 4.96-0ubuntu4 Bluetooth ALSA support
ii gstreamer0.10-alsa 0.10.35-1 GStreamer plugin for ALSA
ii libasound2 1.0.24.1-0ubuntu10 shared library for ALSA applications
ii libasound2-plugins 1.0.24-0ubuntu6.1 ALSA library additional plugins
ii linux-sound-base 1.0.24+dfsg-0ubuntu2 base package for ALSA and OSS sound systems

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actionparsnip (andrew-woodhead666) said :
#6

Try:

sudo apt-get clean; sudo apt-get --reinstall install alsa-base alsa-utils ibasound2 inux-sound-base; killall pulseaudio; rm -r ~/.pulse*

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Mark Edwards (jedwards) said :
#7

Errors:

sudo apt-get --reinstall install alsa-base alsa-utils ibasound2 inux-sound-base
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
E: Unable to locate package ibasound2
E: Unable to locate package inux-sound-base

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actionparsnip (andrew-woodhead666) said :
#8

Can you not spot the typo I made?

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Mark Edwards (jedwards) said :
#9

I'm guessing the l was left out for linux-sound-base, but is it an l that you left out for libasound2? I wanted to confirm.

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Mark Edwards (jedwards) said :
#10

okay, entered:

sudo apt-get clean

sudo apt-get --reinstall install alsa-base alsa-utils libasound2 linux-sound-base

killall pulseaudio

rm -r ~/.pulse*

successful run....

But after reboot, still no sound, and adapter is still only the dummy audio, no choices.

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Rajinder Sandhu (sandy744) said :
#11

Same problem was faced by me refer https://answers.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/alsa-driver/+question/181766 and janitor has closed the question for no activity.
Whether Hw is not being detected or driver is not using the hw because sound output device is dummy which naturally will not give any sound.. this problem is faced only on Natty only after upgradation otherwise all the ubuntu versions have worked fine over the years I am using ubuntu since 2006. whereas on the same system i have installed ubuntu 11.10 there sound is working perfectly fine It seems Realtek /ALSA drivers are having some issue with Nvidia HW. Video on Nvidia card was always an issue....
Thanks
Rajinder

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