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I am not a linux veteran, so i am giving as much info as posible , so that those who know better can use this information as needed.

did fresh install

system update

Installed the following packages:
libdns53 (1:9.6.1.dfsg.P1-3ubuntu0.2)
linux-headers-2.6.31-16 (2.6.31-16.53)
linux-headers-2.6.31-16-generic (2.6.31-16.53)
linux-image-2.6.31-16-generic (2.6.31-16.53)
ureadahead (0.90.3-2)

this next section is done in synaptics

Removed the following packages:
libsdl1.2debian-alsa

installed
ubuntu-restricted-extras as well as a couple extras, heres the full list
Installed the following packages:
alsa-oss (1.0.17-1)
asoundconf-gtk (1.6-0ubuntu1)
audacious (2.1-1ubuntu1)
audacious-plugins (2.1-1ubuntu1)
audacious-plugins-extra (2.1-1ubuntu1)
cabextract (1.2-3)
flashplugin-installer (10.0.42.34ubuntu0.9.10.1)
freepats (20060219-1)
gnome-alsamixer (0.9.7~cvs.20060916.ds.1-2)
gsfonts-x11 (0.21)
gstreamer0.10-ffmpeg (0.10.9-1)
gstreamer0.10-plugins-bad (0.10.14-4ubuntu1)
gstreamer0.10-plugins-bad-multiverse (0.10.13-0ubuntu1)
gstreamer0.10-plugins-ugly (0.10.12-1)
gstreamer0.10-plugins-ugly-multiverse (0.10.12-0ubuntu1)
ia32-libs (2.7ubuntu17)
java-common (0.30ubuntu5)
lib32asound2 (1.0.20-3ubuntu6)
lib32bz2-1.0 (1.0.5-3)
lib32ncurses5 (5.7+20090803-2ubuntu2)
lib32stdc++6 (4.4.1-4ubuntu8)
lib32v4l-0 (0.6.0-1)
lib32z1 (1:1.2.3.3.dfsg-13ubuntu3)
liba52-0.7.4 (0.7.4-11ubuntu1)
libao2 (0.8.8-5ubuntu1)
libass3 (0.9.6-1)
libaudclient2 (2.1-1ubuntu1)
libaudcore1 (2.1-1ubuntu1)
libaudid3tag2 (2.1-1ubuntu1)
libaudio2 (1.9.2-1)
libaudutil1 (2.1-1ubuntu1)
libavcodec52 (4:0.5+svn20090706-2ubuntu2)
libavformat52 (4:0.5+svn20090706-2ubuntu2)
libavutil49 (4:0.5+svn20090706-2ubuntu2)
libbinio1ldbl (1.4-12ubuntu1)
libbio2jack0 (0.9-2)
libbio2jack0-dev (0.9-2)
libcdaudio1 (0.99.12p2-7)
libcddb2 (1.2.1-1)
libcelt0 (0.6.1-1)
libdc1394-22 (2.1.2-1)
libdca0 (0.0.5-3)
libdirac0c2a (1.0.2-0ubuntu1)
libdvbpsi5 (0.1.6-1)
libdvdnav4 (4.1.3-3)
libdvdread4 (4.1.3-5ubuntu2)
libebml0 (0.7.7-3.1)
libenca0 (1.9-7)
libfaac0 (1.26-0.1ubuntu2)
libfaad0 (2.6.1-3.1)
libffado1 (2.0~rc2+svn1569-2ubuntu1)
libfftw3-3 (3.2.1-2ubuntu2)
libfluidsynth1 (1.0.9+dfsg-2)
libfreebob0 (1.0.11-1build1)
libftgl2 (2.1.3~rc5-2)
libgconfmm-2.6-1c2 (2.24.0-2)
libglademm-2.4-1c2a (2.6.7-2)
libglew1.5 (1.5.1-4ubuntu1)
libgsm1 (1.0.13-1)
libid3tag0 (0.15.1b-10build1)
libiptcdata0 (1.0.3-1ubuntu1)
libiso9660-5 (0.78.2+dfsg1-3)
libjack-dev (0.116.1-4ubuntu2)
libjack0 (0.116.1-4ubuntu2)
libkate1 (0.3.3-1)
liblash2 (0.5.4-0ubuntu3)
liblua5.1-0 (5.1.4-3)
libmad0 (0.15.1b-4)
libmatroska0 (0.8.1-1.1)
libmcs1 (0.7.1-1)
libmimic0 (1.0.4-2)
libmjpegtools-1.9 (1:1.9.0-0.5ubuntu1)
libmms0 (0.4-2)
libmodplug0c2 (1:0.8.7-1)
libmowgli1 (0.6.1-1)
libmp3lame0 (3.98.2+debian-0ubuntu2)
libmp4v2-0 (1:1.6dfsg-0.2ubuntu5)
libmpcdec3 (1:1.2.2-2.1)
libmpeg2-4 (0.4.1-3)
libofa0 (0.9.3-3ubuntu1)
libpostproc51 (4:0.5+svn20090706-2ubuntu2)
libprojectm-data (1.2.0-3)
libprojectm2 (1.2.0-3)
libquicktime1 (2:1.1.1+debian-1build1)
libreadline5 (5.2-6)
libresid-builder0c2a (2.1.1-7)
libsad2 (2.1-1ubuntu1)
libschroedinger-1.0-0 (1.0.8-2)
libsdl1.2debian-all (1.2.13-4ubuntu4)
libsidplay1 (1.36.59-5)
libsidplay2 (2.1.1-7)
libsoundtouch1c2 (1.3.1-2)
libswscale0 (4:0.5+svn20090706-2ubuntu2)
libtwolame0 (0.3.12-1)
libvcdinfo0 (0.7.23-4ubuntu1)
libvlc2 (1.0.2-1ubuntu2)
libvlccore2 (1.0.2-1ubuntu2)
libwildmidi0 (0.2.2-2)
libx264-67 (1:0.svn20090621+git364d7d-0ubuntu2)
libxml++2.6-2 (2.26.0-2)
libxvidcore4 (2:1.1.2-0.1ubuntu4)
nspluginwrapper (1.2.2-0ubuntu6)
odbcinst1debian1 (2.2.11-16ubuntu1)
padevchooser (0.9.3-2ubuntu4)
paman (0.9.4-1ubuntu2)
paprefs (0.9.8+git20090825-0ubuntu2)
pavucontrol (0.9.8+git20090701-0ubuntu2)
pavumeter (0.9.3-1ubuntu1)
pulseaudio-module-lirc (1:0.9.19-0ubuntu4)
pulseaudio-module-zeroconf (1:0.9.19-0ubuntu4)
sun-java6-bin (6-15-1)
sun-java6-jre (6-15-1)
sun-java6-plugin (6-15-1)
ttf-dejavu (2.29-2)
ttf-dejavu-extra (2.29-2)
ttf-liberation (1.05.1.20090721-0ubuntu1)
ttf-mscorefonts-installer (3.0)
ubuntu-restricted-extras (36)
unixodbc (2.2.11-16ubuntu1)
unrar (1:3.9.3-1)
vlc-data (1.0.2-1ubuntu2)
vlc-nox (1.0.2-1ubuntu2)
vlc-plugin-pulse (1.0.2-1ubuntu2)

then installed the following pakages
Installed the following packages:
linux-backports-modules-2.6.31-16-generic (2.6.31-16.18)
linux-backports-modules-alsa-2.6.31-16-generic (2.6.31-16.18)
linux-backports-modules-alsa-karmic-generic (2.6.31.16.29)
linux-backports-modules-headers-karmic-generic (2.6.31.16.29)
linux-backports-modules-karmic (2.6.31.16.29)
linux-backports-modules-karmic-generic (2.6.31.16.29)
linux-backports-modules-wireless-karmic-generic (2.6.31.16.29)
linux-headers-lbm-2.6.31-16-generic (2.6.31-16.18)

these next installs are most likely unrelated , they are video related, just trying to give all the info, in case i missed something

Installed the following packages:

xserver-xorg-video-ati-dbg (1:6.12.99+git20090929.7968e1fb-0ubuntu1)
xserver-xorg-video-mach64-dbg (6.8.2-1)
xserver-xorg-video-r128-dbg (6.8.1-1)
xserver-xorg-video-radeon-dbg (1:6.12.99+git20090929.7968e1fb-0ubuntu1)

Reinstalled the following packages:

xserver-xorg-video-ati (1:6.12.99+git20090929.7968e1fb-0ubuntu1)
xserver-xorg-video-radeon (1:6.12.99+git20090929.7968e1fb-0ubuntu1)

all of the above installed via synaptic pakage manager

also installed catalist through SYSTEM>>>RESTRICTED DRIVERS, enable
i seem to remember a dedicated 64 bit version, as i believe the one you get this method may be 32 bit with a 64 bit wrapper. while on on the subject, i know 4 a fact there is a 64 bit linux flash player. i will post the link, when i add an applications thread.

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darthkronic@darthkronic-laptop:~$ sudo aplay -l
[sudo] password for darthkronic:
**** List of PLAYBACK Hardware Devices ****
card 0: SB [HDA ATI SB], device 0: STAC92xx Analog [STAC92xx Analog]
Subdevices: 1/1
Subdevice #0: subdevice #0
card 0: SB [HDA ATI SB], device 1: STAC92xx Digital [STAC92xx Digital]
Subdevices: 1/1
Subdevice #0: subdevice #0
card 1: HDMI [HDA ATI HDMI], device 3: ATI HDMI [ATI HDMI]
Subdevices: 1/1
Subdevice #0: subdevice #0

darthkronic@darthkronic-laptop:~$ dmesg | egrep -i "sound|audio|snd"
[ 12.341485] input: HDA ATI SB Mic at Ext Front Jack as /devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:14.2/sound/card0/input10
[ 12.341555] input: HDA ATI SB Line Out at Ext Front Jack as /devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:14.2/sound/card0/input11

darthkronic@darthkronic-laptop:~$ cat /proc/asound/cards
0 [SB ]: HDA-Intel -- HDA ATI SB
HDA ATI SB at 0xd2400000 irq 16
1 [HDMI ]: HDA-Intel -- HDA ATI HDMI
HDA ATI HDMI at 0xd2310000 irq 29

darthkronic@darthkronic-laptop:~$ cat /proc/asound/cards
0 [SB ]: HDA-Intel -- HDA ATI SB
HDA ATI SB at 0xd2400000 irq 16
1 [HDMI ]: HDA-Intel -- HDA ATI HDMI
HDA ATI HDMI at 0xd2310000 irq 29
darthkronic@darthkronic-laptop:~$ lspci | grep -i audio
00:14.2 Audio device: ATI Technologies Inc SBx00 Azalia (Intel HDA)
01:05.1 Audio device: ATI Technologies Inc Device 970f

darthkronic@darthkronic-laptop:~$ lsmod | grep snd
snd_hda_codec_atihdmi 4320 1
snd_hda_codec_idt 63312 1
snd_seq_dummy 3556 0
snd_seq_oss 33632 0
snd_hda_intel 31264 1
snd_seq_midi 8320 0
snd_hda_codec 89888 3 snd_hda_codec_atihdmi,snd_hda_codec_idt,snd_hda_intel
snd_rawmidi 27104 1 snd_seq_midi
snd_hwdep 9448 1 snd_hda_codec
snd_pcm_oss 44096 0
snd_seq_midi_event 8448 2 snd_seq_oss,snd_seq_midi
snd_seq 61312 6 snd_seq_dummy,snd_seq_oss,snd_seq_midi,snd_seq_midi_event
snd_mixer_oss 18944 1 snd_pcm_oss
snd_pcm 91912 3 snd_hda_intel,snd_hda_codec,snd_pcm_oss
snd_timer 25840 2 snd_seq,snd_pcm
snd_seq_device 8500 5 snd_seq_dummy,snd_seq_oss,snd_seq_midi,snd_rawmidi,snd_seq
snd 77576 16 snd_hda_codec_idt,snd_seq_dummy,snd_seq_oss,snd_hda_intel,snd_seq_midi,snd_hda_c
odec,snd_rawmidi,snd_hwdep,snd_pcm_oss,snd_seq,snd_mixer_oss,snd_pcm,snd_timer,s
n
d_seq_device
soundcore 9088 1 snd
snd_page_alloc 10960 2 snd_hda_intel,snd_pcm

darthkronic@darthkronic-laptop:~$ sudo /etc/init.d/alsa-utils restart
* Shutting down ALSA... [ OK ]
* Setting up ALSA... [ OK ]
darthkronic@darthkronic-laptop:~$ sudo nautilus

use search bar "pulse" select all shift+del

sudo reboot

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KEEP READING NOW :D

in this next section i use terminal

sudo /etc/init.d/alsa-utils restart

this next 2 lines let the sound work, which in my opinion shows a conflict with pulse and alsa

rm -rf ~/.pulse

killall pulseaudio

so i

sudo apt-get purge pulseaudio gstreamer0.10-pulseaudio

sudo apt-get autoremove

sudo apt-get install libesd-alsa0 gnome-alsamixer

sudo apt-get install alsa-base alsa-tools alsa-tools-gui alsa-utils alsa-oss linux-sound-base

sudo apt-get update

sudo reboot

this next comand is a favorite of mine for stuborn files

CAUTION,CAUTION, when you use this command, you have sudo priviledges, be CAUTIOUS when deleting files, double check to see that a non pulse file is in not your search results!!!! if so drag and select around them. read on.....

sudo nautilus

Now use this virtual sudo desktop, enter pulse in the search in the SAME window (click the magnifying glass top right), make sure to add hiden files, and search the file system so that you get everything. When you use this method search is slowed down, be patient, wait. Now you have all the pulse files, and sudo privilege, look through the search results and make sure some misc data dint get mixed in (non pulse related files) , if its all good , drag and select all remaining pulse files, while selected, hit shift+del, hit enter when it asks to permanently delete. Close the window. Terminal should pop up.
In that terminal type

sudo reboot

I had to use this method, because for some reason, 9.10 karmic bonds itself to a lot of programs, removing asociated programs. For example pulse and alsa both take almost half the main operating sytem with it, when trying to remove them in terminal, or synaptics . Including ubuntu-desktop, and a good list of others. With the sudo nautilus search and destroy method, its downright surgical :D

Now, using gnome-mixer Application>>>sound&video>>gnome mixer
Unmute and control every aspect of your sound, including multi soundcard issues!!

Note , many posts that i read sugested to install alsamixer, dint work for me, and i dont like the gui. this is the only method that works flawless for my setup. I have had ati catalyst working perfectly on a couple previous installs. Minus Emerald, which i used gnome-color chooser and gnome themes. Ill get the exact programs and list them in another thread for applications.

i will refine this and add new threads until i have a complete tut for this model laptop. been at this for a couple days straight, time for beer.
in the mean time enjoy!!!!

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41 Comments to “How to fix sound problem in ubuntu 9.10 (karmic)”

  1. kronictokr says:

    ubuntu karmic 9.10 sound fix solved

    did a fresh install , did a full update, waited and 24 hrs later did another, installed ati catalyst, then…..

    redone for more recent pakages, as well, removed a couple useless ones
    doesnt involve removing pulse. gets sound through hdmi earphones and laptop speakers
    still testing, but all works

    sudo aptitude install libdns53 libdns53 ureadahead alsa-oss alsa-base alsa-tools alsa-tools-gui alsa-utils alsa-oss linux-sound-base asoundconf-gtk cabextract flashplugin-installer freepats gnome-alsamixer gsfonts-x11 gstreamer0.10-ffmpeg libesd-alsa0 gnome-alsamixer gstreamer0.10-plugins-bad gstreamer0.10-plugins-bad-multiverse gstreamer0.10-plugins-ugly gstreamer0.10-plugins-ugly-multiverse ia32-libs java-common lib32asound2 lib32bz2-1.0 lib32ncurses5 lib32stdc++6 lib32v4l-0 lib32z1 liba52-0.7.4 libao2 libass3 libaudclient2 libaudcore1 libaudid3tag2 libaudio2 libaudutil1 libavcodec52 libavformat52 libavutil49 libbinio1ldbl libbio2jack0 libbio2jack0-dev libcdaudio1 libcddb2 libcelt0 libdc1394-22 libdca0 libdirac0c2a libdvbpsi5 libdvdnav4 libdvdread4 libebml0 libenca0 libfaac0 libfaad0 libffado1 libfftw3-3 libfluidsynth1 libfreebob0 libftgl2 libgconfmm-2.6-1c2 libglademm-2.4-1c2a libglew1.5 libgsm1 libid3tag0 libiptcdata0 libiso9660-5 libjack-dev libjack0 libjack0 liblash2 liblua5.1-0 libmad0 libmatroska0 libmcs1 libmimic0 libmjpegtools-1.9 libmms0 libmodplug0c2 libmowgli1 libmp3lame0 libmp4v2-0 libmpcdec3 libmpeg2-4 libofa0 libpostproc51 libprojectm-data libprojectm2 libquicktime1 libreadline5 libresid-builder0c2a libsad2 libschroedinger-1.0-0 libsdl1.2debian-all libsidplay1 libsidplay2 libsoundtouch1c2 libswscale0 libtwolame0 libvcdinfo0 libvlc2 libvlccore2 libwildmidi0 libx264-67 libxml++2.6-2 libxvidcore4 nspluginwrapper odbcinst1debian1 sun-java6-bin sun-java6-jre sun-java6-plugin ttf-dejavu ttf-dejavu-extra ttf-liberation ttf-mscorefonts-installer ubuntu-restricted-extras unixodbc unrar vlc-data vlc-nox vlc-plugin-pulse linux-backports-modules-2.6.31-17-generic linux-backports-modules-alsa-2.6.31-17-generic linux-backports-modules-alsa-karmic-generic linux-backports-modules-headers-karmic-generic linux-backports-modules-karmic linux-backports-modules-karmic-generic linux-backports-modules-wireless-karmic-generic linux-headers-lbm-2.6.31-17-generic vlc

    sudo reboot

    i find it a little glitchy with pulse still installed. but ive only been messing with it for an hr after install. also notice that it seems there needs to be another entry in a sound file, posibly a pulse conf or sound conf, i think one of the freezing issues may be due to 2 sound cards and one command?? will look into it, info would be great.

    tx raziel !

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  2. kronictokr says:

    updated pakages again

    update, reboot,

    then open a terminal and copy and paste this to fix most sound issues in karmic

    sudo aptitude install libdns53 libdns53 ureadahead alsa-oss alsa-base alsa-tools alsa-tools-gui alsa-utils alsa-oss linux-sound-base asoundconf-gtk cabextract flashplugin-installer freepats gnome-alsamixer gsfonts-x11 gstreamer0.10-ffmpeg libesd-alsa0 gnome-alsamixer gstreamer0.10-plugins-bad gstreamer0.10-plugins-bad-multiverse gstreamer0.10-plugins-ugly gstreamer0.10-plugins-ugly-multiverse ia32-libs java-common lib32asound2 lib32bz2-1.0 lib32ncurses5 lib32stdc++6 lib32v4l-0 lib32z1 liba52-0.7.4 libao2 libass3 libaudclient2 libaudcore1 libaudid3tag2 libaudio2 libaudutil1 libavcodec52 libavformat52 libavutil49 libbinio1ldbl libbio2jack0 libbio2jack0-dev libcdaudio1 libcddb2 libcelt0 libdc1394-22 libdca0 libdirac0c2a libdvbpsi5 libdvdnav4 libdvdread4 libebml0 libenca0 libfaac0 libfaad0 libffado1 libfftw3-3 libfluidsynth1 libfreebob0 libftgl2 libgconfmm-2.6-1c2 libglademm-2.4-1c2a libglew1.5 libgsm1 libid3tag0 libiptcdata0 libiso9660-5 libjack-dev libjack0 libjack0 liblash2 liblua5.1-0 libmad0 libmatroska0 libmcs1 libmimic0 libmjpegtools-1.9 libmms0 libmodplug0c2 libmowgli1 libmp3lame0 libmp4v2-0 libmpcdec3 libmpeg2-4 libofa0 libpostproc51 libprojectm-data libprojectm2 libquicktime1 libreadline5 libresid-builder0c2a libsad2 libschroedinger-1.0-0 libsdl1.2debian-all libsidplay1 libsidplay2 libsoundtouch1c2 libswscale0 libtwolame0 libvcdinfo0 libvlc2 libvlccore2 libwildmidi0 libx264-67 libxml++2.6-2 libxvidcore4 nspluginwrapper odbcinst1debian1 sun-java6-bin sun-java6-jre sun-java6-plugin ttf-dejavu ttf-dejavu-extra ttf-liberation ttf-mscorefonts-installer ubuntu-restricted-extras unixodbc unrar vlc-data vlc-nox vlc-plugin-pulse linux-backports-modules-2.6.31-19-generic linux-backports-modules-alsa-2.6.31-19-generic linux-backports-modules-alsa-karmic-generic linux-backports-modules-headers-karmic-generic linux-backports-modules-karmic linux-backports-modules-karmic-generic linux-backports-modules-wireless-karmic-generic linux-headers-lbm-2.6.31-19-generic vlc

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  3. kronictokr says:

    make sure to reboot right after and do

    sudo apt-get update

    in terminal

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  4. quequotion says:

    basically all you did was remove pulseaudio… not exactly a fix.

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  5. kronictokr says:

    you obviously dont know what youre talking about. for one

    for 2 look a little closer, even the first post does much much more than that.

    3, my new method doesnt involve remove pulse what so ever.

    but thanks for your input, really. youre smart, is that what you needed to hear. here let me pat your back. it will be ok little one. tomorrow is a new day.

    insert appropriate insult here

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  6. Romel Sandoval says:

    Great kronictokr! simple solution that it works.

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  7. kronictokr says:

    thank you sir, just so everyone knows, this issue seems to be completely resolved in lucid lynx 10 ubuntu. and lovin it

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  8. quequotion says:

    I neglected to read the comments. I didn’t realize you had updated the method from the initial post.

    it was not an insult. just clarifying a technicality: your original method sets up a totally different sound environment from the ubuntu standard. this is not a good or bad thing just something people should be aware of.

    removing pulseaudio has been suggested as a “solution” to various sound problems since it was first included in ubuntu, but this is actually a workaround and could result in a number of other complications down the line. whether those will be greater or less than trying to manage pulseaudio and wait for it to improve is hard to say.

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  9. Dimon says:

    Thanks for the great guide.
    The only one that helped me to get a sound back on Karmic Koala

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  10. Steve says:

    I’ve been searching for a solution to this problem for 4 days now – what a relief to find this blog after plowing through 100’s of posts and removing packages that often wouldn’t re-install.

    Mint (based on karmic) is mostly so easy and reliable, but I think I installed too many audio toys. This was the only thing that worked. I didn’t realise the sound was so complicated. Thanks a mil :)

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