Have you ever had the sound problem in Ubuntu, especially in Ubuntu 8.10 Interpid Ibex? And to fix it you need to restart your computer, and if the sound stop working again then restart again… it’s so frustrating, isn’t it?
Now i would like to share with about how to fix it, but not really fix it, at least you don’t need to restart your computer if the sound stop working. This is based on my experience using Ubuntu 8.10 Interpid Ibex with Intel x86 processor, the sound occasionally stop working, and i don’t know why. After i tried to search what is the trigger why the sounds stop working, i found that Rhytm Box or Totem Media Player doesn’t like to play together with Mozilla Firefox 3.0.8 with Flash Media Player.
In my computer the sound will stop working if i play my songs in Totem or Rhtym Box and open Youtube site. Once again, this is based on my experience on my machine, so correct me if i’m wrong. And if you know what is the real problem, please leave me a comment.
Ok, this is how i fix the sound problem without restart:
1. Open your shell and find all process that currently using sound with this command:
lsof | grep pcm
2. After you get all proceess with the proceess id, kill all that process with this command:
3. Restart ALSA (Advanced Linux Sound Architecture) driver with this command:
sudo /etc/init.d/alsa-utils restart
4. That’s it
How to avoid that sound problem (once again based on my experience), use banshee media player instead and you can freely watch youtube 🙂
Will this problem or “bugs” fix in Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty Jackalope? Let’s see then… (red: This post was publish 1 day before new Ubuntu release).
If you find this tips is useful, please leave any comment. Thanks and have a nice day…
Update: This bugs have been fix in the later Ubuntu release. I’m using Ubuntu 11.04 now. and it’s working like a charm.