I have a machine running Windows 7-ultimate 32-bit. I installed vmware workstation on it and Ubuntu 13.04 i386 on that vmware. But on Ubuntu I don't hear any sound, any start up or movie or music sound. I have installed other OSes on that vmware but no one has that sound problem.

  • Did you try playing a mp3? You'd have to install ubuntu-restricted-extras and ubuntu-restricted-plugins to be able to play them. However, you can play ogg or ogv without any additional plugins. – green Apr 29 '13 at 12:45
  • I'm novice in ubuntu. I installed it for first time and don't know the meaning of those terms. What the ubuntu-restricted-extras and ubuntu-restricted-plugins means and how to install them please? – fly hipy Apr 29 '13 at 19:46
  • Added an answer. Also, it's not ubuntu-restricted-plugins. It is ubuntu-restricted-addons. Sorry! – green Apr 29 '13 at 21:06

If you need to play mp3 files and other proprietary multimedia formats, you need to install ubuntu-restricted-extras and ubuntu-restricted-addons.

To do so:

  • Open a terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T).
  • Run the following commands:

    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras ubuntu-restricted-addons

Now try playing a mp3 file and it should play just fine!

  • thank you very much. I'll try it and report the result back again. But, should I be connected to the Internet when running those commands or it's not needed? – fly hipy May 1 '13 at 4:18
  • @flyhipy Yes, you need an internet connection. – green May 1 '13 at 4:30
  • I did those. After working a while, terminal wanted me for agreement of something like "configuring ttf-mscorefonts-installer" and at the end of this window, there is a "<ok>" but when I press the enter key for "OK", it doesn't get my enter, like that my keyboard doesn't work. but my keyboard outside of terminal window works. WHY WORKING WITH THAT SOFTWARE CALLED ubuntu IS SUCH HARD? – fly hipy May 1 '13 at 12:39
  • There is a small pop up window at down right corner when installing the ubuntu (when it boots and the ubuntu logo for first time appears and small dots under it blinks), which IMO is the reason of my problem. IT says "The default sound device can not be opened. A device ID has been used that is out of range of your system. Sound will be disconnected." And will vanish immediately. No one can help me!!!? – fly hipy May 1 '13 at 15:01
  • Are you using Windows as your host system? If yes, you should look at this. – green May 1 '13 at 15:53

When it gets to the part where you need to press "ok" push [tab] or try an arrow key. Worked for me.

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