I had working sound on my Linux with 3 sound cards. I had some old Sound Blaster which was working, an on-board sound card which a few months ago was not supported (so I turned it off in BIOS) and Nvidia/HDMI.

Today I discovered that my on-board card is finally supported, so I turned it on in BIOS and switched to it with speakers (so far OK - sound works)

Then I've removed this old sound blaster and I've no sound (at least not in a convenient way ;) ).

So now my aplay -L looks like (seems to be quite OK):

$ aplay -L
    Discard all samples (playback) or generate zero samples (capture)
    HDA Intel PCH, ALC887-VD Analog
    Default Audio Device
    HDA Intel PCH, ALC887-VD Analog
    Default Audio Device
    HDA Intel PCH, ALC887-VD Analog
    Front speakers
    HDA Intel PCH, ALC887-VD Analog
    2.1 Surround output to Front and Subwoofer speakers
    HDA Intel PCH, ALC887-VD Analog
    4.0 Surround output to Front and Rear speakers
    HDA Intel PCH, ALC887-VD Analog
    4.1 Surround output to Front, Rear and Subwoofer speakers
    HDA Intel PCH, ALC887-VD Analog
    5.0 Surround output to Front, Center and Rear speakers
    HDA Intel PCH, ALC887-VD Analog
    5.1 Surround output to Front, Center, Rear and Subwoofer speakers
    HDA Intel PCH, ALC887-VD Analog
    7.1 Surround output to Front, Center, Side, Rear and Woofer speakers
    HDA Intel PCH, ALC887-VD Digital
    IEC958 (S/PDIF) Digital Audio Output
    HDA NVidia, HDMI 0
    HDMI Audio Output
    HDA NVidia, HDMI 1
    HDMI Audio Output
    HDA NVidia, HDMI 2
    HDMI Audio Output
    HDA NVidia, HDMI 3
    HDMI Audio Output

also this is OK:

$ cat /proc/asound/cards
 0 [PCH            ]: HDA-Intel - HDA Intel PCH
                      HDA Intel PCH at 0xf7210000 irq 48
 1 [NVidia         ]: HDA-Intel - HDA NVidia
                      HDA NVidia at 0xf7080000 irq 17

So my on-board card (HDA Intel PCH) is first one and is marked as default. That's what I want.

In KDE's control panel also HDA Intel PCH is on top just after first device called "default".

However if I try to test device "default" in KDE's control panel I've no sound. In SMPlayer if I choose audio output driver to "alsa" (which I always used) also I've no sound. No sound in any other program (all were working).

But if I test in KDE's control panel HDA Intel PCH - it plays sound. Also if I switch SMPlayer to next driver: alsa (0,0 - HDA Intel PCH) it plays.

So I have a simple conclusion here: ALSA's default device (or maybe it is some KDE's phonon problem?) doesn't actually point to HDA Intel PCH. Maybe, before physical removal of Sound Blaster I should have erase it somehow from configurations?

My system is Arch x86_64. I didn't mess up with any configuration files related to sound.


It was my stupid oversight. I assumed, that everything is correct with volume levels (at it was when I turned on the on board card) but it was bad assumption.

So I corrected it with alsamixer and now everything is fine.

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