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Ubuntu : No sound using Intel Corporation 82801EB/ER (ICH5/ICH5R) AC'97 Audio Controller

Thursday, July 03, 2008

Hats off to the Ubuntu dev team for breaking another standard feature.

When I installed from my Ubuntu 8.04 Hardy Heron CD my Intel Corporation 82801EB/ER (ICH5/ICH5R) AC'97 Audio Controller worked perfectly - life was good.

As usual when installing Linux there were many updates available including :

linux-generic (2.6.24.16.18) to 2.6.24.19.21
linux-headers-generic (2.6.24.16.18) to 2.6.24.19.21
linux-image-generic (2.6.24.16.18) to 2.6.24.19.21
linux-restricted-modules-generic (2.6.24.16.18) to 2.6.24.19.21

I held off on installing these because they were a bit large (over 15mb) and my poor DSL connection simply can not handle it! So last night I decided to run the update before I went to bed in hopes that it would correct a problem I'm having with apps randomly crashing (Firefox, Opera, etc).

Well upon bootup today my audio did not work at all. When I tried to open the volume controls (via the Volume Applet in Gnome) it spit out some error about no devices found, and so on.

A quick visit to Synaptic to uninstall the above packages plus a quick reboot and once again I have sound!

Short version :

These upgrades broke my support for the Intel Corporation 82801EB/ER (ICH5/ICH5R) AC'97 Audio Controller :
linux-generic (2.6.24.16.18) to 2.6.24.19.21
linux-headers-generic (2.6.24.16.18) to 2.6.24.19.21
linux-image-generic (2.6.24.16.18) to 2.6.24.19.21
linux-restricted-modules-generic (2.6.24.16.18) to 2.6.24.19.21
By uninstalling these packages and reverting to the 2.6.24.16.18 chain I was able to get my sound working again (reboot required).

Enjoy!


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2 Comments:

At 3:19 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi I have an unrelated question - last year you posted about changing Firefox's error page, Im interested in creating a browser refresh error page styled to look like the rest of the system. i would appreciate some advice if oyu have the time.
rosenberg . steve at gmail . com
thanks

 
At 8:44 PM Blogger NostradamusZen said...

Hey, Anonymous: if it's unrelated, post it somewhere else, OK?!

Meanwhile, I'm buffered if I can remember how I got sound working on Heron - but I'm sure glad I did. I think, on reflection, I might have tried sudo apt-get update, from https://answers.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+question/27743 - rebooted - and, suddenly, sound!

 

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