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I was trying to get IEC958/SPDIF optical out working on my ASUS P8P67PRO V3 motherboard running Natty and I seem to have wiped out a crucial part of my sound setup.

Here is the output from some relevant commands (I hope):

sudo aplay -l  
aplay: device_list:240: no soundcards found...

ls /cat/asound*
ls: cannot access /proc/asoun*: No such file or directory

lspci -v
00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation 6 Series Chipset Family High Definition Audio Controller (rev 05)
Subsystem: ASUSTeK Computer Inc. Device 8469
Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0, IRQ 22
Memory at fe720000 (64-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=16K]
Capabilities: <access denied>
Kernel driver in use: oss_hdaudio
Kernel modules: snd-hda-intel

pactl stat
Currently in use: 1 blocks containing 63.9 KiB bytes total.
Allocated during whole lifetime: 41 blocks containing 1.8 MiB bytes total.
Sample cache size: 0 B
Server Name: pulseaudio
Server Version: 0.9.22-24-g67d18
Default Sample Specification: s16le 2ch 44100Hz
Default Channel Map: front-left,front-right
Default Sink: auto_null
Default Source: auto_null.monitor
Cookie: bed7e0b0

Any advice greatly appreciated.

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are you using that standard natty kernel or a later version? – fossfreedom Aug 19 '11 at 17:49
@fossfreedom - uname -r : 2.6.38-10-server – Jonathan Day Aug 19 '11 at 23:27
Are you still experiencing this issue? – James Feb 27 '12 at 23:31
I ended up ripping out everything audio related and re-installing. not pleasant... – Jonathan Day Feb 28 '12 at 11:25

I had the same problem. I solved it by running the following command

sudo modprobe snd-hda-intel

Inside a terminal window (Ctrl+Alt+T to open one).

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Didn't work for me. Did absolutely nothing. – Braden Best Sep 17 '14 at 15:54

have you tried this it's a guide on troubleshooting sound issues

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thanks @dave, unfortunately the first step assumes there are entries in /proc/asound which are missing for me... – Jonathan Day Aug 19 '11 at 23:28
That guide is from 06.06 – Francisco Presencia Apr 8 at 5:53

Upgraded from 12.04 to 12.10 with the dist upgrade tool. First there was no grub and repaired that with rescatux. Then there was no soundcard found. I have looked through page after page and tried many of the solutions, about three hours of work when the solution was so simple that I'm surprised it's not the number one search result for this problem. Here it is:

Install the header and image files for your kernel.

sudo apt-get install linux-headers-3.5.0-26-generic linux-image-3.5.0-26-generic

I hope this works for you too!

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