Talk:Advanced Linux Sound Architecture/Troubleshooting

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Multiple audio cards and snd-hda-intel module options

There's a tricky issue I've ran into while trying to apply some of the advice in this page, namely that a lot of snd-hda-intel options take not just a single value, but an array of values, each one setting the option's value but only for one of the sound-cards that snd-hda-intel is handling. So while trying to fix a sound issue, you might attempt to set position_fix to 3 like this:

   options snd-hda-intel position_fix=3

and it may seem to have no effect - if you happen to have multiple sound-cards, and the one you're trying to fix is loaded as 2nd.

The proper fix might look like this:

   option snd-hda-intel position_fix=-1,3

except that the order in which soundcards are loaded can change from boot to boot, especially if you have things like HDMI monitors, since those will cause HDMI audio soundcards to appear/disappear and may switch up the order.

I'm not sure where to put that kind of info on the page itself, since it's kind of transverse to most of the module options shown in the page, but it could easily be missed if it were in a section of its own - tt's already somewhat mentioned in the "No sound when S/PDIF video card is installed", for example, but not elsewhere.

Narthorn (talk) 20:53, 9 October 2017 (UTC)

I think at some point the audio module was renamed from snd-hda-intel to sna_hda_intel. You can confirm this by running

   cat /proc/asound/modules

as described in the article. I think this should be updated everywhere in the article. --Jadelord (talk) 08:34, 14 August 2018 (UTC)

Pops when starting and stopping playback

Together with theBear from the pulseaudio IRC channel we discovered a second way to eliminate the pops:

pacmd unload-module module-suspend-on-idle

Also /etc/modprobe.d/modprobe.conf doesn't exist on my arch linux system. Should this be included into the page?

Bradan (talk) 12:20, 4 May 2018 (UTC)

No sound after Windows boot (Dual Boot)

Guys, I just spent about two or three hours to figure out why sound was disappeared on my ASUS UX331UN, reinstalled packages, tried multiple advices but with no luck. There was no any sound but only some fixed-frequency cracks when I plugged headphones in. Finally I've found an answer https://askubuntu.com/a/464444. So there was not a Linux issue, but Windows (10 in my case) can force handware to boot up with wrong settings if fast boot is used. Maybe it's worth to add some note to the article? — blackx (talk|contribs) 21:39, 23 August 2018 (UTC)