After upgrading to ubuntu 20.04 the hdmi sound stopped working. If I select headphones as audio output they work well, but if I change to HDMI output it doesn't work.

Also I noticed that when I select HDMI output the "configuration" option disappear.

If I select headphones as output, the configurations look like this:

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when I select HDMI output, the configurations look like this:

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And no sound is played.

What can I do to fix this?

  • Try Option #3 in this answer
    – Raffa
    Apr 23, 2020 at 23:28
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    – K7AAY
    Apr 23, 2020 at 23:32
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    Unfortunately none of the answers here worked for my setup: I've a desktop connected to a ThinkVision monitor. I'm using the sound output on the monitor that does work on Windows. I'll come back to update If I find a way to solve it Jul 26, 2020 at 16:59

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Reboot should not be necessary if you just need to reinitialize pulse, just do a:

killall pulseaudio; rm -rf ~/.config/pulse/* ; rm -rf ~/.pulse*

and you should be good as well.


Suggestion of Raffa works for me on a laptop Asus UX303L !

rm -r ~/.config/pulse/

and it's ok now

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    This worked for me. What's concerning is that it was working for the first week, then stopped working one day. I have a feeling I'll be needing to do this whenever pulseaudio forgets how to work...
    – basicdays
    May 10, 2020 at 20:03
  • Same here, worked on Asus UX303LA
    – chris
    Aug 22, 2020 at 21:34
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    None of these answers work for me. May 18, 2021 at 10:31
  • worked on dell xps 13 (9310)
    – ams
    Dec 20, 2021 at 10:56
  • I was not anticipating this to work, but it did...
    – galets
    Jan 1, 2022 at 17:29

Reboot with the HDMI connected, I had that "bug" or fail, and restarting with the HDMI connected Ubuntu detects the sound, but if you connect the HDMI after the start, it doesn't. It happens since 20.04 (not on 19.10). This is just a workaround.


In my case, following upgrade to Ubuntu 20.04, HDMI output is just not listed anymore in sound settings if I plug or turn on my TV after logging in.

I am not sure this will help with the particular issue you are encountering, but the workaround for me is to open a terminal and run:

pulseaudio -k

then re-open the sound settings, where HDMI output can be selected and works as expected.


Ubuntu 20.04 only shows the option to push audio though HDMI when there it is actually connected (unlike previous versions)

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