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? Jan 19 '16 at 4:06
  • Same issue here, only left speaker is working Aug 8 '16 at 22:14
  • @Batousik it's a good thing that it works. try this 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
     # or 
     sudo apt-get install gdm3 ubuntu-desktop

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

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

     sudo reboot
  • 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. Apr 24 '18 at 18:09
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    This worked for me after upgrading my ubuntu 14.04 :) thanks. Apr 9 '20 at 19:38
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    gdm has no installation candidate on ubuntu 18.04
    – carkod
    Jul 30 '20 at 11:09
  • This worked for me :) Oct 11 '21 at 15:53
  • Thanks worked for me on ubuntu 21.10 with latitude 9420
    – amit_game
    Oct 17 '21 at 5:25

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.


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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