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?

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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 Nov 20, 2020 at 12:24

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. Jul 31, 2013 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, 2013 at 16:44
  • Upgraded from Kubuntu 21.10 to 22.04 using sudo do-release-upgrade -d having the same issue. need to sudo alsa-reload after every boot tried all solutions from the above link. #4 there is no /etc/default/speech-dispatcher file. #5 my machine is HP-spectre-13-4003dx and my kernel is 5.15 > 5.4. any suggestions ??
    – Roey
    May 2, 2022 at 19:36

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