Every time my PC is booted, Ubuntu (13.04) is muted in the sense that it does not play any sounds. I found out that I have to type sudo alsa force-reload in order to get the sound working again.

How can I fix this issue, so that Ubuntu plays sound after a startup?


The most complete answer I've found around is this one


I've a motherboard ASUS P8H77-M PRO and the third hint worked for me.

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    Whilst this may theoretically answer the question, it would be preferable to include the essential parts of the answer here, and provide the link for reference. – Eric Carvalho Jul 31 '13 at 17:06
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    Yes, this help me to solve my long standing problem. Thank you so much!! Change RUN=yes to RUN=no in the file /etc/default/speech-dispatcher made the problem disappear!! – Til Hund Sep 21 '13 at 16:44

I recently updated Ubuntu and I had the same problem. I read many post on the subject, but I couldn't find a solution.

Finally I saw that when I restarted alsa, it killed timidity. So I disabled the service using the following command and bingo!

systemctl disable timidity
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  • Thanks. Exact same problem after Ubuntu 20.04 update. I will chek to fill in an issue – Thomas PEDOT Nov 20 at 12:24

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