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I have no audio on lubuntu 12.04 after resuming from suspend. I tried

sudo alsa force-reload
to no avail. Sound works after reboot. Please help.

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Does sudo alsa force-reload output anything? It might help to get some more information about your system, like your sound card: lspci | grep -i audio – zerwas May 5 '13 at 19:05
It's really sad that it's almost 3 years later and this is still an issue (i3-5010u brix on Ubuntu 15.04). I usually shut down, and I'm on an SSD so a full reboot is about 10-15 seconds, but having to re-open what I happened to have open isn't fun. This is on my HTPC, if it were my desktop it would really piss me off. – Tracker1 Aug 12 '15 at 4:29

Try pressing CTRL+ALT+F1 to change tty screens then press CTRL+ALT+F7 to go back to desktop.

This sometimes brings back sound but failing that, change screen resolution and change it back for a different fix. This works for HDMI audio as well.

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Thanks. This did not help. – akonsu Sep 19 '12 at 12:44
Thanks, worked for me. – Ben Mar 24 '15 at 16:38

For some systems it is necessary to kill the pulseaudio process and prevent it from re-loading before restarting ALSA. If the following procedure works, it can be automated.

  1. Set up Pulseaudio so it does not respawn automatically:

    mkdir ~/.pulse
    echo "autospawn = no" >> ~/.pulse/client.conf
  2. Suspend your computer and wake him up

  3. Restart ALSA:

    sudo alsa force-reload
  4. Start pulseaudio:

    pulseaudio --start

To revert the changes, delete the file ~/.pulse/client.conf

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After consulting some posts, what I've done to get mine to work again:

  1. Set pulseaudio not to respawn by creating config file at home directory:

    mkdir ~/.pulse
    echo "autospawn = no" >> ~/.pulse/client.conf
  2. Create a file (50alsa) to automate after system suspend.

    sudo gedit /etc/pm/sleep.d/50alsa
  3. Add the following to the file. Notice 'pulseaudio --kill' added.

    case "$1" in
                    # Stopping is not required
                    pulseaudio --kill                
                    /sbin/alsa force-reload
                    pulseaudio --start
            *) exit $NA
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