Intermittent sound

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Intermittent sound

Postby ckosloff » 2018-06-27 02:17

Sound in my computer goes off at random.
I checked cable connectivity to external speakers and it is tight.
Sometimes restarting the computer fixes the issue but not this time.
I checked pavucontrol and everything enabled.
Only solution I can think of is testing an acceptable quality sound card and bypassing the one in the motherboard.
I am not in the mood of spending money I don’t have.
Could somebody post commands needed to test the sound card?
Command speaker-test: cannot hear anything from the sound it is generating.
Reinstalled pulse audio and its working again, don't know for how long.
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Re: Intermittent sound

Postby sunrat » 2018-06-28 01:41

You don't say anything about your system or Debian version.
There is an issue with pulseaudio in Sid currently so it's wise to wait before doing full-upgrade, until it proposes no major removals.
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Re: Intermittent sound

Postby ckosloff » 2018-06-28 01:53

Thanks for response
I am using testing a dist-upgrade might have messed up the system.
Anyway until today it is still stable.
Can hear sound from speaker-test command.
I used apt-autoremove following suggestions from apt, that is the probable cause of the error.
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Re: Intermittent sound

Postby sunrat » 2018-06-28 02:12

I did a d-u a couple of days ago which removed a couple of pulse packages. Still had sound but pavucontrol wasn't working. I just restored the backup (which I always make before doing d-u) and did a simple upgrade instead so no packages were removed.
Currently waiting to make sure no vital packages are removed before doing dist-upgrade.
PS: I never use autoremove! Sometimes look at what it suggests and remove packages individually.
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Re: Intermittent sound

Postby ckosloff » 2018-06-28 13:47

Lost sound again but re-installing pulse brought it back, there is definitely an issue there.
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