Ubuntu: No sound from Realtek ALC887?



Question:

I built a neat little system with and Intel Core i5 and a MSI H110M motherboard. The motherboard has a Realtek ALC887-VD for an onboard sound card. However, it does not work. I can get sound from my microphone on both front and rear ports, but I can get no sound output from neither rear nor front. I googled around, and it seems that this is a common problem. I am running Ubuntu 14.04.1, with Linux 3.13.0-85-generic.

Things I tried:

  • Install proprietary drivers from Realtek (installed, but did not go through)
  • Add options snd-hda-intel model=generic to sudo gedit /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base.conf, as described here
  • Reinstall ALSA and PulseAudio
  • Reboot many many times
  • Updating the kernel to 3.14.1-031401-generic


Solution:1

I followed the steps here and I have sound working. Don't be daunted by the long list of to-remove packages that the command there generates, it will work after rebooting.


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