November 3, 2009 · General · Email This Post


After upgrading from Ubuntu 9.04 to 9.10 you might not get the sound from your Sound Blaster Audigy sound card.


Install GNOME Alsa Mixer

sudo apt-get install gnome-alsamixer


Click on the following link


Now open GNOME ALSA Mixer from Applications -> Sound & Video -> GNOME ALSA Mixer

Choose the tab: "SigmaTel..."

Turn on "Audigy Analog/Digital Output Jack"

That's it now your sound should work as normal

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37 Comments to “Fix for No sound (Sound Blaster Audigy) after upgrading from Ubuntu 9.04 to 9.10”

  1. jordanwb says:

    I had this problem like 2 years ago. I ended up recompiling alsa, then someone posted the same fix as you but using the Sound control window and going to the “Switched” tab.


  2. eco2geek says:

    Turn on “Audigy Analog/Digital Output Jack”

    should read

    Turn OFF “Audigy Analog/Digital Output Jack”

    (i.e. make sure its checkbox isn’t checked).


  3. Siarhei says:



  4. kaya says:

    I did all the steps, but the very last one I couldn’t do it, because I do not have this option:
    “Audigy Analog/Digital Output Jack”
    my case was rather strange, I did the upgrade and the sounds was working just fine (no mic tho), and yesterday while I was listening music, the sound suddenly stopped, so I do not know, what my situation could be.



  5. ATOzTOA says:

    How do I change the default Audio Card used by Ubuntu Karmic.

    I have onboard soundcard and Sound Blaster card seperate…



  6. thongkh says:

    i just installed alsamixer, after that, what my audigy detected is ‘TriTech TR28602′ and since i use analog output, i dont have to uncheck the checkbox. but unfortunately, skype still unable to hear my own voice during test call :(


  7. Damian says:

    Hi there

    This is my post on Ubuntu forum
    maybe here Ill find someone able to help me:/



  8. andrei says:

    i have the same problem on an eeepc 901 – no sound at all. at the begining it worked but only with the local speakers, no output line. i tried the suggestions in the forum but couldn’t make it work. when i start the gnome alsa mixer i get an empty window and when i try to access the ‘sound card properties’ from the edit menu the application crashes immediately .. any idea on that one.


  9. dan says:

    worked for me, thanks!


  10. Sven says:

    Thanks, works!


  11. John Headstrong says:

    worked for me

    nice one, thank you !!


  12. andrei says:

    i fixed it in the end. there was a kernel conflict. the update didn’t change to the new one on my eee. finally found a solution here:


  13. mattlin says:

    Thanks for this post… This fixed my problem very quickly…


  14. timekilla says:

    thanks a lot for the post. helped solve the problem.


  15. Aaron says:

    Thanks!! Solved my problem w/ Audigy 2.


  16. nookkin says:

    Thanks, it helped me out with my Audigy 4. It would play the sound very quietly and with terrible distortion before I did this.

    @eco2geek: I actually had to turn ON the “Audigy Analog/Digital Output Jack” option.


  17. Donal-T1892 says:

    Thanks worked a charm, only my second day using Ubuntu.. Loving it!!


  18. Hasser says:

    Now if only we could get the front panel headphone & mic working that would be great. I would dissect the code, but I’m not that smart.


  19. raj says:

    Excellent. Was having problems with audigy live card. By following your instructions finally I have sound with Ubuntu 10.04

    Thanks buddy


  20. hsdb says:

    Everything works great…i had the same problem on ubuntu 10.04 with an audigy 4


  21. Weez says:

    I could kiss you – thank you so much!


  22. KCH says:

    Turning on the Sigma-tel in Alsa mixerthis worked fine after upgrade from 9.10 to 10.04 and no sound!
    Brilliant thanks mate I owe you a pint!


  23. k says:

    thanks for the rec, works a merveille!

    Bonne journee depuis les Etats unis!!


  24. Cheryl says:

    I’m having the same problem as Andrei. I get and empty window when starting the program. Any suggestions?


  25. Sebadamus says:

    Thanks, installing gnome alsa mixer solve me the problem! :)


  26. Vadim.M. says:

    Thanks for the post. It’s helped solve the problem with Audigy 2 in Mint 9.


  27. NeuralNET says:

    Sorted my install of Ubuntu 10.10. Installed OS from scratch, but sound wouldn’t work for my Creative Audigy Ex Pro. Installed gnome-alsamixer, ticked and then unticked ‘Audigy Analog/Digital Output Jack’ in the appropriate device, and BLAM it WORKS! Lovely.



  28. dwinfield10 says:

    Thanks for the tip, this worked for me on Lucid as well


  29. Keith Murphy says:

    Thanks, that solved my problem as well.

    You can also turn off the same setting in Alsamixergui.

    Don’t know if I would have ever found it without this post, though.


  30. Alan says:

    Cheers! Also works for MythBuntu 10.10
    After install, the menu path is
    Applications > Multimedia > Gnome ALSA mixer


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