Where do I get the sound drivers for Ubuntu?

Jojo John September 5, 2011

I have installed Ubuntu 11.04 on my laptop using the install inside Windows options (Wubi). Now I can’t install the sound drivers, nor I could find it using the search option. Earlier, the download option was made available when I used to try to play any file in the player, but this option is not working now!

  1. Sabre7452
    November 20, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    I have a issue with my audio.  I performed the above troubleshooting with no change.  Here's my info:

    **** List of PLAYBACK Hardware Devices ****
    card 0: Intel [HDA Intel], device 0: AD198x Analog [AD198x Analog]
      Subdevices: 1/1
      Subdevice #0: subdevice #0
    card 0: Intel [HDA Intel], device 1: AD198x Digital [AD198x Digital]
      Subdevices: 0/1
      Subdevice #0: subdevice #0

    • Tina
      December 2, 2011 at 9:06 pm


      this is a completely different question and I recommend that you submit a new question via MakeUseOf Answers. You will receive an answer within several hours.

  2. Tina
    September 12, 2011 at 6:34 pm


    did Jeffery's suggestion help you fix the issue? Please do let us know in case you need further advice. Thanks!

  3. Jeffery Fabish
    September 5, 2011 at 8:10 pm

    Go to the Application orb and search "Additional Drivers". That will launch the application responsible for installing drivers. You should also install updates available for Ubuntu, as that fixes a lot of the initial problems. To do so, go to the Menu orb and type "terminal". Once the terminal opens type "sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade" without quotes.

    A common issue is that alsamixer has muted your audio. Check by going to a terminal and typing "alsamixer", make your sound card is selected (press F6 to switch) and make sure none of the levels are muted or low.

    Ubuntu Documentation - I can't hear any sounds on the computer [Broken Link Removed]

    If none of this helps you fix your problem, please post the output from the command "aplay -l" here. This will help me diagnose the issue with your particular sound card.