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M/B has sound jacks as per usual BUT VGA card has a HDMI port, does this complicate things ?

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There shouldnt be any complication there, not to say there isn't. have a look at the login page of lightdm, and check to see if sound is muted. (upper right corner, has volume applet) Unmute if muted. –  j0h May 2 '13 at 11:24
    
Thanks jOh but I have no idea what you mean by that...login page of lightdm what is that ? –  Hal Johnson May 2 '13 at 12:10
    
OK I found something on that at the software centre...If I cannot work it out I'll give you another hoy...thanks –  Hal Johnson May 2 '13 at 12:14
    
OK so far I have this response to lightdm --test-mode :- Running inside an X server requires Xephyr to be installed but it cannot be found. Please install it or update your PATH environment variable.(lightdm can only be run as root) so not sure about that jOh –  Hal Johnson May 2 '13 at 12:24
    
lightdm is the desktop isn't it ? If so then the sound is not muted there I have this problem since 12.04 still not resolved Does anyone using Ubuntu have sound ? because so far I hear absolutely nothing...very frustrating –  Hal Johnson May 2 '13 at 13:05
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