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I have a Xonar D1 installed and I can see it in aplay -l, in pavucontrol, in sound and all other applications.

I can select its microphone in, its analogue stereo output and other options. When I play mp3, music and other audio source, I can see in the different sound utilities that the sound itself is being sent to the card.
According to what I observed, it should work just fine.

But it does not.

On Ubuntu 16.04 I can only use the microphone in, but the out doesn't work. I simply hear nothing. Instead, on Ubuntu 16.10, fresh from bootable USB stick, it works as intended.

I have tried many different solutions:

  • pulseaudio -k && sudo alsa force-reload. Didn't help.
  • sudo apt-get remove --purge alsa-base pulseaudio, followed by sudo rm /var/lib/alsa/asound.state and then by sudo apt-get install alsa-base pulseaudio. Didn't help.

This is my aplay -l:

**** List of PLAYBACK Hardware Devices ****
card 0: D1 [Xonar D1], device 0: Multichannel [Multichannel]
  Subdevices: 1/1
  Subdevice #0: subdevice #0
card 0: D1 [Xonar D1], device 1: Digital [Digital]
  Subdevices: 1/1
  Subdevice #0: subdevice #0
card 1: PCH [HDA Intel PCH], device 0: ALC898 Analog [ALC898 Analog]
  Subdevices: 1/1
  Subdevice #0: subdevice #0
card 1: PCH [HDA Intel PCH], device 1: ALC898 Digital [ALC898 Digital]
  Subdevices: 1/1
  Subdevice #0: subdevice #0
card 1: PCH [HDA Intel PCH], device 3: HDMI 0 [HDMI 0]
  Subdevices: 1/1
  Subdevice #0: subdevice #0
card 1: PCH [HDA Intel PCH], device 7: HDMI 1 [HDMI 1]
  Subdevices: 1/1
  Subdevice #0: subdevice #0
card 2: NVidia [HDA NVidia], device 3: HDMI 0 [HDMI 0]
  Subdevices: 1/1
  Subdevice #0: subdevice #0
card 2: NVidia [HDA NVidia], device 7: HDMI 1 [HDMI 1]
  Subdevices: 1/1
  Subdevice #0: subdevice #0
card 2: NVidia [HDA NVidia], device 8: HDMI 2 [HDMI 2]
  Subdevices: 1/1
  Subdevice #0: subdevice #0
card 2: NVidia [HDA NVidia], device 9: HDMI 3 [HDMI 3]
  Subdevices: 1/1
  Subdevice #0: subdevice #0

pulseaudio I'm using is version 8.0, packages repositories I use are:

Get:1 http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu xenial-security InRelease [102 kB]
Hit:2 http://archive.canonical.com/ubuntu xenial InRelease                                                                                                
Hit:3 http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu xenial InRelease                                                                                                
Hit:4 http://ppa.launchpad.net/graphics-drivers/ppa/ubuntu xenial InRelease                                                            
Get:5 http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu xenial-updates InRelease [102 kB]                                                            
Hit:6 http://ppa.launchpad.net/stefansundin/truecrypt/ubuntu xenial InRelease                                                             
Ign:7 http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/home:/Horst3180/xUbuntu_16.04  InRelease                                                  
Hit:8 http://ppa.launchpad.net/wine/wine-builds/ubuntu xenial InRelease                                                                   
Hit:9 http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/home:/Horst3180/xUbuntu_16.04  Release                              
Get:10 http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu xenial-backports InRelease [102 kB]      

What should I do next? Any idea? How should I reset all the configuration files related to sound? I'm really speechless at this point...

Thanks!

  • Can you switch the output with alsamixer -c0? – CL. Dec 24 '16 at 22:05
  • Will try and let you know – Emanuele Dec 24 '16 at 22:15
  • @CL. this doesn't make any difference I'm afraid... – Emanuele Dec 28 '16 at 12:31
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Inspired by this link on archlinux

Under alsamixer, I just had to MUTE S/PDIF for the sound to play back again. Please wait for me while I smash my head against the wall.

I then decided to mute the front panel on alsamixer. Of course now it works. Just fine. I'm genuinely speechless!

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For anyone starting with this problem and can see the Xonar D1 in sound, first try all the surround options for the Analog Output in sound.

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