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I had some problem with stock audio on the Realtek ALC888S making it a bit too quiet.

So, After reading https://help.ubuntu.com/community/HdaIntelSoundHowto , I downloaded the HD audio drivers for Kernel 3 and installed them

During the end of the install, sound halted.

I then rebooted my system.

And then, sound does not play anymore. oss-test gives me that /dev/mixer: No such file or directory. Sound settings shows only one Dummy output like this:

Also,

amith@amith-dualcore:~$ ls -l /dev/snd/
total 0
crw-rw---T 1 root audio 116,  1 Feb 17 21:50 seq
crw-rw---T 1 root audio 116, 33 Feb 17 21:50 timer
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The page you linked to says:

much of the information on this page is outdated

Realtek's page says:

Audio drivers available for download from the Realtek website ... may not offer the customizations made by your system/motherboard manufacturer.

These warnings are there for a reason.


The audio drivers are part of the kernel, so the easiest way to get newer drivers is to install a newer kernel.

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