How To Fix Low Sound Issue In Ubuntu OS

Posted By : Pawan Kumar Tiwari | 30-Jun-2017

Linux is a wonderful system, it works great for everyone, but the problem is very few people is familiar with it. Most of the people is familiar with Windows Operating System. So, the problem arises when a bug is occured within the system. And the main problem is : Everythig is done by the command line  interface, which makes it  even worse for the newbees or the non-techies. 





I have faced the same issue after upgrading my system. I have figured out some solution that works for me and I hope it will wirk for you as well. 



1. Check the ALSA mixer

LPulseAudio controls underlying ALSA-level volume controls. To change the ALSA-level volume controls directly, you can do the following: Open a terminal. (The quickest way is the Ctrl-Alt-T shortcut) Enter “alsamixer” and press the Enter key. you will get some output on the terminal. 






In that user interface, you can do the following:Check the ALSA mixer

  1. Select your correct sound card using F6 and select F5 to see recording controls as well

  2. Move around with left and right arrow keys.

  3. Increase and decrease volume with up and down arrow keys.

  4. Mute/Unmute with the M” key. An “MM” means muted, and “OO” means unmuted.

  5. Exit from alsamixer with the Esc key.

A caveat here: When you mute or unmute something, pulseaudio might pick it up and mute and unmute other controls, as well as PulseAudio’s main mute.



2. Reinstall ALSA and Pulse Audio



Try to reinstall pulse audio and Alsa, open terminal and enter the following commands:

Purge Alsa and Pulse audio using the command:

apt-get remove --purge alsa-base pulseaudio

Now install again Alsa and Pulse Audio:

apt-get install alsa-base pulseaudio

Then, reload Alsa:

alsa force-reload

Done. Check now the sound if it is working, if not, try step 3.

3. Install Ubuntu Audio Development Team Driver



Note: This PPA is not updated to 14.04 yet.

Upgrading your sound drivers may fix the nosound issue, you will need to make sure to uninstall the previous override before trying a new one.


Open terminal and enter the following PPA:

add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-audio-dev

apt-get update

apt-get dist-upgrade

All these steps will definitely help you to resolve your issue with the Audio. If not, then try this one and It will definitely solve your issue.

4. Use your Audi volume Interface

This is the simplest but the effective way to solve this problem. 


Go to the application TAB  and you will see your output device there, if not then start playing audio. It will appear there. Then increase it to the maximum and your  volume will be incresed. 

That's all.! Cheers.!



























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Pawan is a passionate coder and a part time blogger. He loves to travel and learn new technologies in his leisure time.

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