Upgrade to Ubuntu Feisty, solve no sound problem

Superb supried after upgrade to Ubuntu Feisty (7.04). The first edition of Ubuntu I installed is 6.04, and the upgrade to 6.10 is just so so, I didn’t feel any big change, to be honest. But, this time, I feel my Ubuntu+KDE is faster 5 times!!

Honestly, I do not know what’s essential new stuff in this Feisty edition, the next version is coming up October anyway… I just want to be updated… The result is surprisingly good. For the first time, I feel my Ubuntu is actually faster than Windows, yes!

Here is some problems after the upgrade, though: 1. fcitx, a Chinese input software crashes everytime; 2. My Chinese fonts become mess; 3. no sound at all!

Fortunately, all these three problems are solved right now. I’ll just list my solution to the third problem here, as I think most of the viewers are not Chinese 🙂

The no sound problem is quite annoying. My problem is no sound at all! I found a nice HOWTO article in the Ubuntu forum here. It’s a Comprehensive Sound Problem Solutions Guide. But I can find my sound card by the command “aplay -l” and the rest of the article cannot help me out.

Then I came across a Chinese article that just solve my problem, and it’s quite simple! I consider this as a Ubuntu/Linux upgrade bug! Here is the solution:

Type “gnome-volume-control” in the terminal. As I am using KDE, there is no icon in my system tray. I need to type the command.

“Edit” -> “Preference”, check “Headphone Jack Sense” and “Line Jack Sense”.

Goto “Switch” tab, Uncheck both of them. Then you will hear a “dong” sound, and the sound is back!

You might also want to turn off the Microphone (make it mute), as I find my Thinkpad has lousy noises when the volume is up. This is due to the internal microphone in my laptop. Turning it off will solve this.

I do not come across any new software of the Feisty version yet, but the speed of the system is very good. I feel very satisfied.


24 Responses to Upgrade to Ubuntu Feisty, solve no sound problem

  1. Ed says:

    Thanks a lot, I couldn’t figure this snafu out.

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  3. Bernardo says:

    Thanks bro. I had the same problem, but in my case I have to reboot after checking “Headphone Jack Sense” and “Line Jack Sense”. Damn bug! So annoying, I have to edit the “preferences” every time I restart the pc.

  4. Cyril says:

    Thanks Thanks Thanks !!!

    I had the same problem (kubuntu 7.04), solved.

    Multimedia audio controller: Intel Corporation 82801DB/DBL/DBM (ICH4/ICH4-L/ICH4-M) AC’97 Audio Controller (rev 03)

    For Bernado :
    may be “sudo alsactl store”

  5. Wei says:

    Bernardo: I have to reset the Jack stuff after reboot as well before. But I found that I can also use Kmix to change the Jack stuff. And after I set everything in Kmix, I don’t need to reset after reboot anymore. I think this is working because I am using KDE. Hope this can help you.

    Cyril: Cheers! Glad you got the sound back:)

  6. Bernardo says:

    Thanks Wei and Cyril.

  7. bambit says:

    “Edit” -> “Preference”, check “Headphone Jack Sense” and “Line Jack Sense”.

    Goto “Switch” tab, Uncheck both of them. Then you will hear a “dong” sound, and the sound is back!

    I had just upgraded from Ubuntu Feisty Fawn 7.04 to Ubuntustudio and was tinkering with a handful of video editing software before I realized I had lost my sound (no more login/logout sounds).

    This fixed things for me in a snap. Thanks!

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  9. Apoorv says:

    I dnt see any “Headphone Jack Sense” or “Line Jack Sense” in volume control.. is it just because i’m using an old PC..??

  10. PJ says:

    Thanks for the advice…it worked perfectly!

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  12. George says:

    this sounds like a good answer to the problem. But I’m using Geubuntu and I have no sound. When I check the sound set up it tells me that my video card is the primary sound source. How do you fix that?

  13. delay says:

    delay says : I absolutely agree with this !

  14. rad says:

    Why dont you try Ubuntu 8.04 ? 7.04 is obsolete.
    And did you try to compile latest kernel ?

  15. Toiletries says:

    Somehow i missed the point. Probably lost in translation 🙂 Anyway … nice blog to visit.

    cheers, Toiletries

  16. Frustrated Geek says:

    Thanks for the help. I tried everything I could find online and still no sound. I did not have any headphone or line jack sense but I checked and then unchecked everything that was available and after 2 weeks of frustration I finally have sound again. It worked before in Gutsy and not I can finally finish up setting up Hardy. Thank you.

  17. Moses says:


    Nice post, I used this solution to fix my Ubuntu sound problem


    Keep up the good work,

  18. j4 says:

    i install vlc and miro… but i heard no sound while i c it plays, what am i going to do?

  19. lw says:

    ty, worked like a charm on Karmic Koala

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