I recently installed Gnome 3 in Ubuntu 11.04 on a Lenovo Thinkpad T61p. Since then, my hard volume buttons have stopped working, and my manual volume control via the top-right corner has had no impact on whether or not my computer releases sounds. As a matter of fact, I seem to have no OS-wide volume control whatsoever: it's always on. Going into the Gnome 3 "Sound Settings" makes me feel like there might be drivers missing, as it doesn't recognize any of my hardware, or acknowledge that said hardware exists.

I imagine this has something to do with drivers, but the drivers were working fine until I installed Gnome 3. So I suppose my main question is "Why isn't Gnome 3 listed as the alpha software it is?" with a hefty side of "does anybody know what happened to my sound drivers," and "is there a magic wand I can wave to get them all back?"


You installed a PPA for Gnome 3? That's why you can't install it from the repo's. Everything from a PPA should be thought of as alpha. What directions did you use to install it?

  • Uh... Too many. Too many different sets of directions, because no one of them got the job done. I have no idea what a PPA is, but I've seen enough instructions that involve them that I tried that without question. At first, it failed. Then, I was told to go into the software center, add the ppa to my software sources (instead of via the command line), and then a whole Gnome 3 section showed up on the left side of my software center, and I just forced it to work from there. It was totally legit. – Daniel Jun 1 '11 at 4:03
  • If it had been legit, you wouldn't have forced it to work or used so many different sets of instructions. – wojox Jun 3 '11 at 19:45
  • That last sentence was supposed to be sarcasm. Anyway, my audio is working again... But the question still stands, I guess: does gnome 3 mess with your drivers? – Daniel Jun 4 '11 at 1:48
  • I suppose you did at least answer the question -- it won't work because I installed shady software. – Daniel Jun 28 '11 at 14:21

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