I did a clean install of 12.10. When I open Sound Settings in gnome the only device in the list is "Dummy Output", and sound is not working.

Sound worked fine out of the box in 12.04.

I ran alsamixer, it says my card is "HDA Intel", and chip is "Realtek ALC880". The alsamixer playback output was set to mute at first, unmuting did not fix.

I checked out the info at unixmen as suggested on a similar question; I've done everything there except installing the ubuntu audio dev team driver. Should I try install this?

Edit: I've been reading the sound troubleshooting guide.

It looks like Ubuntu is finding my audio device correctly.

mike@wucade:~$ lspci -v | grep -A7 -i "audio"
00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) High Definition Audio Controller (rev 03)
    Subsystem: Albatron Corp. Device 2668
    Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0, IRQ 40
    Memory at d01c0000 (64-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=16K]
    Capabilities: <access denied>
    Kernel driver in use: snd_hda_intel
    Kernel modules: snd-hda-intel

Still stuck as to why this isn't working.

  • Do you have pulseaudio? If you do, first killall pulseaudio and then try starting it again with pulseaudio
    – dearN
    Oct 24, 2012 at 18:06
  • please, can you post the output of aplay -l ? And check if maybe an audio app locks the device by using it thru alsa directly (ex: hw:0,0) because it would prevents pulseaudio to open it. Remember pulseaudio uses alsa ! Dec 6, 2012 at 13:15
  • Install pavucontrol I have used this a few times to figure out problems with sound.
    – Rinzwind
    Dec 6, 2012 at 13:31
  • I'm having the exact same problem with the exact same device (Realtek ALC880)...and of course it's not as simple as checking "unmute" - did you ever resolve it?
    – user126348
    Jan 26, 2013 at 20:31
  • If you have front headphone jacks, does it work if you plug headphones into them? I did for me.
    – User
    Jan 29, 2013 at 21:42

5 Answers 5


Install pavucontrol (as Rinzwind suggested in comments). This can often directly facilitate solving the problem (not just troubleshooting it).

For example, I had this issue. pavucontrol revealed that my output on the Intel HDA device was disabled, and I was able to enable it.


Had the same problem. I tick and untick the mute checkbox and it worked again. Maybe it will be as simple as this for you ?

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    I wish it was this simple mate.
    – user100101
    Oct 23, 2012 at 9:42

Have you tried to reinstall in as the troubleshooting recommends you? I mean reinstall the drivers? It helped me ;)


I logged into the terminal, checked the drivers I had others besides the dummy driver that I saw while connected via VNC in Rhythmbox. Ran a test on the speakers. Went back to my VNC connection and it works.

Maybe it's a permission type of thing.


I had the same mute problem.

I installed pavucontrol Install pavucontrol, ran it, and clicked and unclicked the mute button -- voila -- audio working.

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