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#1 mouse97

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Posted 27 August 2014 - 09:23 PM

i've converted dell dimension 4600 xp over to xubuntu 14.04. after installing i had no audio. i got it turned on but i don't know how. every time there is a os/kernel update (password required) i lose the audio but manage to get back on.  2 weeks ago there were 2 updates(os?kernel password required) within three days of each other. since then i've lost audio and can not get it back on. i really started using this machine quite a bit and i'm starting to like linux but this no audio thing is starting to get annoying. any ideas? thanks



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Posted 27 August 2014 - 09:45 PM

Try installing pulseaudio its in the repo.

sudo apt-get install pulseaudio

If you already have pulseaudio.
 

You can try this:

sudo start-pulseaudio-x11 start

Then type your password and Reboot.

 

 

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Posted 28 August 2014 - 04:18 AM

nick,    pulseaudio already installed. tried second suggestion, comes back command not found. rebooted anyway, still no audio.  thanks for your help.



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Posted 29 August 2014 - 05:53 AM

another 73mb os/kernel update (password required) today-----still no audio      am i the only one experiencing this?  thanks for any help



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Posted 29 August 2014 - 03:28 PM

One thing that might be worth trying is opening a media player in the terminal, to see if it displays any error messages. So for example if you are using vlc media player, open a terminal and type ''vlc'' (without the quotes) or the name of whatever media player you use. Hit enter on your keyboard, and your media player should open. Then use the menu of the media player itself to browse to a file to play, open the file in the media player, and see if any error messages are displayed in the terminal.

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Posted 29 August 2014 - 04:05 PM

 

another 73mb os/kernel update (password required) today

Yes this is normal. Sometimes there can be 3 or 4 updates a week, It depends. The password thing before any update is also normal.

 

Try this.

How To Fix: No Sound In Ubuntu 14.04 And Linux Mint 17

 

or this.

SoundTroubleshootingProcedure - Official Ubuntu ...

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Posted 29 August 2014 - 05:24 PM

i tried all suggestions in first link, still no audio. now my sound/sound settings icon has disappeared. still trying. thanks for any help



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Posted 03 September 2014 - 11:11 AM

I thought this one sounded good, give it a go!

http://askubuntu.com/questions/518950/sound-mysteriously-gone-missing-lubuntu-14-04-32bit

 

Nick, it this not a Browser issue and just needs a plugin?

 

mouse97, what type of audio are you trying to listen too, and which browser are you using? 


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Posted 03 September 2014 - 01:34 PM

pcpunk,    thanks for your response. tried the link and tips but still no audio.  you tube and streaming videos-video great-no audio. firefox 31/32. i feel like an uninstall/reinstall of xubuntu audio drivers is needed but i have no clue how to do this. this should not be so difficult but i guess this is the linux way.  thanks for your help.



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Posted 03 September 2014 - 04:39 PM

 

i feel like an uninstall/reinstall of xubuntu audio drivers is needed but i have no clue how to do this.

 

You could try this.

Use at own risk. Before doing this please backup your home folder.

 

(1) Remove the Pulse Audio packages
 

sudo apt-get autoremove pulseaudio

(2) Try ALSA
 

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

(3) Reboot.

 

 

You did look to see that sound isn,t muted?  Do you still have the Xbuntu disk that you used to install Linux with? If yes, Can you boot your pc from the Live Disk and try sound that way.


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Posted 04 September 2014 - 09:35 AM

nick,  you are the man.   before i saw your last thread, i tried the second link in your earlier thread about ubuntu sound troubleshooting. i lost my wallpaper,all settings, etc. i didn't care because i was ready to dump xubuntu. still no audio.  after reading your last thread, i booted up my live xubuntu disc i had burned -still no audio.  next, i ran your lastest instructions, audio works like a charm. thank you.  now my main concern, will audio survive next os/kernel update. fingers crossed.  i've restored xubuntu back to the way i had it and i'm loving it again.  thanks again for the effort and help you gave me.



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Posted 04 September 2014 - 03:50 PM

nick, your not going to believe this. i changed the time in panel from military to regular and now i have no audio. went thru the steps again from latest post -no audio. what the hell is going on?   



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Posted 04 September 2014 - 05:56 PM

nick,    turned machine off for over an hour. i have audio again.  beats me???????      thanks



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Posted 04 September 2014 - 07:44 PM

Me too my friend.

 

I do not know why it is doing that, For more expert advice you could try the ubuntu forum. http://ubuntuforums.org/

 

Other than that Reinstall the os.

 

What are your PC specs. There are much better Distros than Xubuntu ( Ubuntu with xfce) I have always said it, and stand by this, Ubuntu is not novice friendly.

 

I What Pc you are running What processor how much ram. Start with this pc, lets get it set up with the right distro. Then we can do the others.

 

 

Just for fun try this.

 

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