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On the following machines, my HDMI sound doesn't work: 1> Raspberry Pi 2 with Raspbian (Debian Jessie based GNU-Linux) tested with the following monitors: a) Sharp Big Screen TV b) ViewSonic 1080p 24" computer monitor with built in speakers.

2> Computer Tower with Asus motherboard and Intel Core i5 CPU 750 connected to the above [b)] ViewSonic 1080p 24" computer monitor with built in speakers. This machine Dual Boots OS between Ubuntu 13.10 and Kubuntu 15.10. On both Ubuntu 13.10 and Kubuntu 15.10 I go into the settings of the monitor and select HDMI, and on the computer's sound settings, I select HDMI. Nothing works on either system despite checking, tinkering, googling for answers, and more tinkering.

But, I do have ONE MACHINE with HDMI SOUND WORKING CORRECTLY: It's connected to the above [b)] ViewSonic 1080p 24" computer monitor with built in speakers. That is an intel Next Unit of Computing (NUC) equipped with a 2013? era (I think second gen) core i3 connected to a Viewsonic 1080p monitor with built in speakers, running with Kubuntu 14.04 LTS.

I think the problem must be a bug rather than a monitor issue or configuration setting on the desktop, and I'm imagining that it to be widespread. Could it be that only Linux kernel can't resolve HDMI sound on the Raspberry Pi 2, or on my Tower with the ASUS motherboard?

Here's some additional hardware information on the above listed Computer Tower that dual boots between Ubuntu 13.10 and Kubuntu 15.10 where the HDMI sound isn't working:

lspci
00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Core Processor DMI (rev 11)
00:03.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation Core Processor PCI Express Root Port 1 (rev 11)
...
00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset High Definition Audio (rev 05)
00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset PCI Express Root Port 1 (rev 05)
00:1c.4 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset PCI Express Root Port 5 (rev 05)
00:1c.5 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset PCI Express Root Port 6 (rev 05)
00:1c.6 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset PCI Express Root Port 7 (rev 05)
00:1c.7 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset PCI Express Root Port 8 (rev 05)
...
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: NVIDIA Corporation GT218 [GeForce 210] (rev a2)
01:00.1 Audio device: NVIDIA Corporation High Definition Audio Controller (rev a1)

and

lshw
...
*-pci
          description: Host bridge
          product: Core Processor DMI
          vendor: Intel Corporation
          physical id: 100
          bus info: pci@0000:00:00.0
          version: 11
          width: 32 bits
          clock: 33MHz
        *-pci:0
             description: PCI bridge
             product: Core Processor PCI Express Root Port 1
             vendor: Intel Corporation
             physical id: 3
             bus info: pci@0000:00:03.0
             version: 11
             width: 32 bits
             clock: 33MHz
             capabilities: pci normal_decode bus_master cap_list
             configuration: driver=pcieport
             resources: irq:16 ioport:b000(size=4096) memory:fa000000-fbbfffff ioport:ce000000(size=301989888)
           *-display
                description: VGA compatible controller
                product: GT218 [GeForce 210]
                vendor: NVIDIA Corporation
                physical id: 0
                bus info: pci@0000:01:00.0
                version: a2
                width: 64 bits
                clock: 33MHz
                capabilities: vga_controller bus_master cap_list rom
                configuration: driver=nouveau latency=0
                resources: irq:16 memory:fa000000-faffffff memory:d0000000-dfffffff memory:ce000000-cfffffff ioport:bc00(size=128) memory:fbb00000-fbb7ffff
           *-multimedia
                description: Audio device
                product: High Definition Audio Controller
                vendor: NVIDIA Corporation
                physical id: 0.1
                bus info: pci@0000:01:00.1
                version: a1
                width: 32 bits
                clock: 33MHz
                capabilities: bus_master cap_list
                configuration: driver=snd_hda_intel latency=0
                resources: irq:17 memory:fbbfc000-fbbfffff
       ...
       *-multimedia
         description: Audio device
         product: 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset High Definition Audio
         vendor: Intel Corporation
         physical id: 1b
         bus info: pci@0000:00:1b.0
         version: 05
         width: 64 bits
         clock: 33MHz
         capabilities: bus_master cap_list
         configuration: driver=snd_hda_intel latency=0
         resources: irq:46 memory:f9ff8000-f9ffbfff

I'm imagining the problem to be widespread because it affects two machines Raspberry Pi 2 and my older core i5 Computer Tower. I've tested them with two monitors, the computer monitor and big screen tv. And I've tested them with three operating systems between the two: Raspbian (based on Debian-Jessie GNU-Linux). AND I've got one machine where the HDMI sound does work, my Intel NUC core i3 that's connected to the above computer monitor).

--EDIT-- Is it possible that some HDMI video cards do not support sound over their HDMI?

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I am guessing that the problem is that distro doesn't automatically change sound configuration - HDMI requires digital output which is not set automatically and although you have connected TV to PC's HDMI jack, there is no output to it. That was the problem in my case (and still is). I found out that it's a software issue because HDMI sound worked fine when I run Windows, but not under Linux Mint XFCE. So now, every time I connect my laptop to a TV, I have to do go to Volume control/Configuration tab and select "Digital Stereo (HDMI) output" to enable audio. There is more than one option that involves HDMI (Stereo, Surround 5.1, Surround 5.1 + Analog Stereo Input), so feel free to try every one of them until you hopefully find one that works. Note that I am using ALSA driver and that I can only access Volume Control via task bar (or whatever it is called) icon or via separate launcher in App Menu - there is no Sound entry in Settings Manager. I hope this will help you.

  • I've tried every setting I can find on the desktop, including the HDMI w/Digitial Stereo settings, and none of them worked on my dualboot Ubuntu 13.10 / Kubuntu 15.10 computer tower. I couldn't get the Raspberry Pi 2 to work either, and it uses Rasbian (based on Debian-Jessie) HOWEVER, my Intel-NUC-core-i3 with Kubuntu 14.04 has been working with HDMI sound on the ViewSonic 24" 1080p monitor w/built in speakers, the same one that won't produce sound with the computer tower, or Rasperbery Pi 2 unti. I think I had read your prior post about the laptop fix by selecting Digital Stereo (HDMI). – user12711 Feb 2 '16 at 5:56
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    Sorry, I cannot provide any further help. Tweaking with sound configuration was as far as I have been – gogeccc Feb 4 '16 at 23:50

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