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I'm using linux for the first time. I installed alsa 1.0.24 in my system running Ubuntu 12.04. After installing, I tried to play some files using command aplay -vv abc.wav, it started playing but I can't hear the sound.

$ cat /proc/asound/oss/ sndstat1
Sound Driver:3.8.1a-980706 (ALSA v1.0.24 emulation code)
Kernel: Linux developer-OptiPlex-170L 3.2.0-23-generic #36-Ubuntu SMP Tue Apr 10 20:41:14 UTC 2012 i686
Config options: 0

Installed drivers:
Type 10: ALSA emulation

Card config:
Intel ICH5 with AD1980 at irq 17

Audio devices: NOT ENABLED IN CONFIG

Synth devices: NOT ENABLED IN CONFIG

Midi devices: NOT ENABLED IN CONFIG

Timers:
31: system timer

Mixers: NOT ENABLED IN CONFIG

If i use the command aplay -l it shows the error as no soundcards found.... But actually sound card is there. If I run cat /proc/asound/cards, it shows the sound card name as:

0 [ICH5           ]: ICH4 - Intel ICH5
                  Intel ICH5 with AD1980 at irq 17

And even after installing alsamixergui, and if I run alsamixer', it showscannot open mixer: no such device`.

Whether it's the problem with alsa or soundcard?

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You still have 1.0.24, but the installation attempt seems to have broken something.

Anyway, the easiest way to update sound drivers (if you really need to do it) is to upgrade the kernel itself.

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