A.K.A. audio card, the sound card is an expansion card that provides extra audio capabilities to a computer. Once a separate component needed by older computers, newer machines tend to have these sound capabilities built into the motherboard.

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Assign programs permanently to different sound-outputs in Pulseaudio?

I want to assign Skype input and output to my USB-headset while the rest of my laptop uses the internal sound-card. This is an easy task with PulseAudio Volume control (pavucontrol). The only problem ...
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How to play piano via a midi keyboard?

I am sorry to bother you but I don't know very much. This is about playing the piano through the computer. I have an m-audio keystation 88 which is a whole separate machine that connects through the ...
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How do I know if my system is capable of playing 24bit/96kHz sound?

Let me state for the record that I'm a total noob when it comes to Hi-Fi sound systems, but I am rather picky about the sound quality. Normally I listen to CD recordings ripped to FLAC in 16/44, but I ...
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Volume widget issue with sound card hotplugging

When plugging a USB sound card may sometimes cause the current audio output (ie. Banshee and PC speakers) to switch immediately. But the volume controls (sound widget in systray, volume keyboard keys) ...
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Noise problems when playing any sound (On laptops or when using any sound apps)

I have fresh installed Ubuntu 11.04 on my Lenovo SL500. My problem is I have constant noise on my headphone although all sound channels and microphone is muted from alsamixer. Any body have same ...
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How can I make Ubuntu compatible with baudline?

When I run baudline, it displays the message "all input devices disabled" and the Input ▸ Devices screen doesn't list any devices. The baudline FAQ suggests: Here are two possible explanations for ...
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Deactivate volume amplification?

I would like to deactivate the amplification feature on my sound volume slider. Using any amplification makes the sound really bad with clipping sounds taking over. It's really annoying to have to ...
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Is the Asus Xonar U3 supported?

I suppose the question applies to Linux in general but what have user's experiences been with Asus Xonar U3? Does it improve the sound quality of onboard or the generic drivers cripple it?
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Where can I find a list of compatible audio cards?

I have a creative SB X-Fi Xtreme Audio, And i faced so many problems with this card regarding compatibility with Linux. Now i am looking for a new audio card and want to make sure that this time it ...
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How can I change the sound device used by one application?

I'm trying to play some sounds using my standard sound card while playing some other sounds over another soundcard. How can I set which application uses which soundcard. I only found ways to set all ...
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No sound after clean install

Did a clean install of Ubuntu 12.10 and everything working great except for the sound. Ubuntu doesn't even seem to be recognizing the fact my HP dv6000 has the capability of making sound! I have ...
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Constant noise in speakers and headphones

On my laptop, Samsung 300V5A-S19 I have the constant noise from the speakers. If I wear headphones, the sound becomes more pronounced (at half volume it mutes the music). The noise level is ...
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How to get ICH AC97 audio controller to work under Ubuntu Server

I have installed Ubuntu Server 11.04 as a Virtual Box VM, which emulates the ICH AC97 audio controller. mpg321 reports 'No default libao driver available' According to this page the driver for this ...
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How to install missing firmware for an Creative Labs Audigy2 soundcard?

I have an E-MU 1616m PCI Soundcard and recently made the switch from Windows to Ubuntu 11.04 (Natty). From a fresh install, everything works good except for a small error when I boot up that says it ...
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How to completely shutdown Ati card

I would like to know how do i prevent my Ati card from turning on when i enter on ubuntu 11.10. My bios only lets-me shutdown intel hd card or leave the both on but i want to know if is possbible to ...
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No multichannel audio over digital coax (S/PDIF)

New install of 11.10 on an older rig (Asus P4PE MB) that has the built-in AC'97 sound chipset and in the System Settings>Sound there is only a choice for 2-channel digital sound. I plan on using the ...
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How to play audio from different applications on different output devices?

How can I play music on my speakers while I use my headset for video chat applications like Skype? Shouldn't this be possible via this PulseAudio sound server that Ubuntu uses?
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Headphone output is far too loud

I am using Ubuntu 11.10 (Oneiric Ocelot), with a "Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) AC'97 Audio Controller (rev 01)" sound card. When I plug headphones into the front headphone port, the sound ...
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Get Creative soundcard working correctly

I am trying to get sound going on my fresh install of 10.10. I have a creative fatlity branded sound card. My ALSA information. Most things seems to be working out of the box, once I turned off my ...
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Sound does not work once my profile loads

When I boot up my ubuntu 9.10 distro, the sound works just fine, but hen I sign into one of my profiles, the screen flickers for a second, and then the sound card no longer works. It appears that my ...
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voice is echoing on headphone

I am using ubuntu 11.04 and whenever I am using headphone for music but the voice is echoing. But with simple system speaker it is good .Don't know why it is showing error like this.Please help me to ...
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Sound Volume after boot always at loudest level

I installed 10.04 a couple of weeks ago. My primary OS is Windows and i could not install Linux up until very recently because of lack of hardware support for my notebook. 10.04 is the only ...
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Problems with digital input of ESI Juli@ xte PCI Soundcard

I've got an ESI Juli@ xte PCI Soundcard and want to use it on Ubuntu 12.04 Server. It's going to be a capture device only. It's used in a small free radio station. I want to use two analog inputs to ...
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No sound after update on Ubuntu 12.04

As the title says, my sound has gone missing after an update with update-manager. I have found the solution before, but then had to reinstall Ubuntu. It can't even detect my audio card. Here is a ...
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Subwoofer and surrounds don't work with a VIA2020 sound chipset

I'm new to linux, and Ubuntu 13.04 is the first Linux I try... This OS is awsome, I love it, but for some reason I have a problem with my sound card. I am using Asrock's Extreme3 X58 chipset with ...
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Ubuntu 12.04 alsamixer not found

I have a Lenovo Y500 with Windows 8. I successfully got Ubuntu 12.04 installed alongside Windows 8 and the nvidia drivers just worked from the start. The sound wasn't working at all however, and ...
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How to change the soundcard output on-the-fly?

One feature I miss the most in Windows 7, is the possibility to change the soundcard output on-the-fly. In Xubuntu 12.10, I have to unplug my headphones to make the sound come out of the speakers. ...
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Is there a way to make the speaker silent while the headphone-jack keeps working? 12.04LTS

The PC I am working on is in a loud environment. If I need sound, I use the headphone. On my own account this is easy: I mute the speaker in the sound-setting. I am not the only user, others use the ...
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Ubuntu sound volume is 40% lower than in Windows

I have 2x 2.1 speakers connected to the computer where I have Ubuntu 12.04 installed. On the software side I've set all the volume controls to 100% with the alsamixer program. The speakers have ...
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No Sound with Headphones but Sound with Stereo

I have a dell studio 1749. I just installed 12.04 on a dual boot with windows 7 (The stereo sound and headphones work perfectly when booted into windows, sound turned up before booting into Ubuntu). ...
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How come my sound won't work on Lenovo ThinkPad x230?

I have a Lenovo ThinkPad x230 that I just purchased and installed Ubuntu 12.10 on it. There is no sound, how do I fix it? I checked that my volume is not muted. I also tried checking in alsamixer and ...
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How to disable the internal sound card?

I have an internal soundcard and an external USB soundcard that I use because the headphone jack in my laptop is broken. I need to be able to disable the internal card so sound will go through the USB ...
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Sound system is eating away the battery

In my laptop the sound code is running at 100% even when I am not playing anything. It is causing my palm rest to hit significantly. While I do not face the issue on windows machine where I am using ...
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Ubuntu 12.04 spdif output doesn't support multichannel sound

I'm a relatively new Ubuntu-user, and I need a bit of help. I just recently discovered that my laptop (an Acer Aspire 5670), has an optical-spdif output and since it's connected to a 5.1 Yamaha ...
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5.1 Sound on Encore ENM232-6VIA

Only front right and left speaker work, and my 5.1 card, is recognized by Ubuntu 10.10, but I have no option for 5.1 in the profile combo Sound -> Hardware I have tried default-sample-channels = 6 ...
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Ubuntu 12.04, Can hear the sound but Sound option in settings shows no sound card

I have weired issue. I did a fresh installation of Ubuntu 12.04. Then I installed Nvidia drives for my graphics card. I executed the command "modprobe nvidia" after installing the Nvidia drivers and ...
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Headphones don't work correctly on an Asus k50ij laptop

I have asus k50ij series laptop and runung dual os on it. On windows instalation everything works great, but then ubuntu is being used headphones and speakers works at the same time or both gets ...
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Headphone noise when no sound is played

I have an Asus K50IJ laptop with ubuntu 12.04 on it, and with the following hardware: after typing: sudo aplay -l **** List of PLAYBACK Hardware Devices **** card 0: Intel [HDA Intel], device 0: ...
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No sound (no sound card detected)

I'm installing an old laptop for a mentally challenged person who only uses it to listen to music and surf online. A Packard Bell easynote S5. I've installed Lubuntu 13.10 and everything works ...
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Ubuntu Problems in 12.04 and 13.10 on the Sony Vaio Fit

I got this Sony Vaio Fit SVF15A1C5E and I am now trying to get one of these Ubuntu releases to work. First off with Ubuntu 13.10 its graphics card did not work. It worked with 13.10 until I got a ...
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Can I lower soundcard quality?

This is from an artistic standpoint, not means of technological improvement. Is it possible to lower the sound quality that leaves my soundcard? To be more exact, can I make everything that leaves ...
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Disable HDMI sound out, for decrease power consumption

I have Ubuntu 12.04 on my laptop I'm looking for a way to decrease power consumption. This is output of powertop command Power est. Usage Events/s Category Description 1.30 W ...
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How do I output my USB audio input?

I have a record turntable which has an audio output cable so I've connected it to my 12.10 box. Says there's no drivers required and checking pulse audio I can see that there is sound coming in ...
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HT Omega eClaro sound card (C-Media CMI8788) won't load in Ubuntu 12.10

Disclaimer: I also posted this question at LinuxQuestions.org. I have Mint 14 (based on Ubuntu 12.10) installed right now, but this problem exists with stock Ubuntu 12.10 as well. If you insist, I ...
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record soundcard with arecord (not microphone)

I'm trying to records what my soundcard is sending to my speakers (from the command line), so I've read HOWTO: Recording audio from the command line However, when I do: arecord -f cd -t raw | lame ...
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HP Envy 15 3040nr sound issues

I have successfully set up my Envy 15" for Ubuntu 12.04 except for the sound, anyone have any ideas about how to get it working? I had to blacklist snd-usb-audio to my alsa to stop pulseaudio from ...
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Soundcard not detected

I just reinstalled Ubuntu 12.04 and upgraded the kernel to 3.2.0.29. There is no audio--the sound card is not listed in lspci output: 00:00.0 Host bridge: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] SiS649 Host ...
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No soundcard found 12.04 after kernel update

After newest kernel update I have lost my sound card. There is only sound via USB adapter. My headphones or speakers are working only through this device. The sound setting widget doesn't show any ...
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How can I know whether a sound card is present on my system or not?

I'm running Ubuntu 12.04 Gnome classic. Obviously playing the music shows there is a sound card present. But I've read that there might be multiple sound cards present on a single system. How can I ...
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Dell FX100 KVM Host card clobbers onboard audio

I have a Dell Precision server with a PCIe FX100 KVM Host card installed (manufacturer is Teradici but it's rebranded as a Dell solution.) I am not using this card (it's installed in the machine but ...