Are there any Realtek audio drivers for Ubuntu? If yes where do I get them and how do I install them correctly? (for Ubuntu 14.04 64bit) Also with jack work okay after I install them?

Curious about the reason? The ALSA drivers don't support microphones for my soundcard (Creative Sound Blaster 5.1 VX). Also, It does not handle audio output quite well. I have issues. Also, I'd really like some software like the windows-only "Realtek Audio Manager" that does effects to the audio such as echoes and so on.

  • The drivers for Realtek hardware are already part of the kernel. – CL. Jan 18 '16 at 22:27
  • @CL. I see. ...I want to read more about this. (the realtek drivers being part of the kernel). Do you have anything for me? – Mina Michael Jan 19 '16 at 4:06
  • Same issue here, only left speaker is working – Bato-Bair Tsyrenov Aug 8 '16 at 22:14
  • @Batousik it's a good thing that it works. try this – Mina Michael Aug 9 '16 at 4:54

The best thing to do would be to remove alsa and reinstall it. The same thing happened to me when I switched motherboards, and this fixed it.

  1. Remove the ALSA packages.

    sudo apt-get --purge remove linux-sound-base alsa-base alsa-utils
  2. Reinstall the same packages.

    sudo apt-get install linux-sound-base alsa-base alsa-utils

    Packages gdm and ubuntu-desktop are also removed in this process if you are using Gnome. They need to be reinstalled:

    sudo apt-get install gdm ubuntu-desktop

    If you are using Xubuntu this will also happen to you.

    sudo apt-get install gdm xubuntu-desktop
  3. Reboot.

    sudo reboot
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  • Thanks but no that doesn't work. The driver is just not there. I've even tried various distros and the mic just doesn't work so far on any of them. – Mina Michael Apr 24 '18 at 18:09
  • This worked for me after upgrading my ubuntu 14.04 :) thanks. – user1236477 Apr 9 at 19:38
  • gdm has no installation candidate on ubuntu 18.04 – carkod Jul 30 at 11:09

I had the same problem (internal mic not working) with my Lenovo Ideapad 320, which runs Ubuntu 18.04.

I installed GNOME ALSA Mixer from the Ubuntu Softwares Panel and followed another topic instruction: put the "Capture" full on the right and "Internal" empty on the left, as the following image:

see this screenshot

It worked well for me.

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Install Pulseaudio Equalizer for purposes:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nilarimogard/webupd8
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install pulseaudio-equalizer

Your sound card Realtek may have problems frequencies. To solve install OSS. It seems that it is supported. Download from here. Install and restart.

If installation errors, install alsa-oss

There is a similar problem here.

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    The kernel maintainers want to remove OSS from Linux in the near future and I have doubts that OSS supports recent products from Creative or Realtek while looking the the list in one of your links. – LiveWireBT Aug 24 '17 at 8:03

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