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« on: March 26, 2017, 09:27:11 pm »
The command line is still largely a mystery to me, Mark, but this is what I got.
mike@mike-ubuntu:~$ mv -v ~/.config/pulse ~/.config/pulse-broken
mv: cannot stat '/home/mike/.config/pulse': No such file or directory
I know I need to get to grips with the command line. Finding time is the main problem.
« on: March 26, 2017, 05:08:13 pm »
Same story in the guest session...
However, I've just noticed that in Settings~Sound, there are 2 options in the Output tab, S/PDIF and Line Out, but I can't select Line Out. If I do, the system just reverts to S/PDIF.
« on: March 21, 2017, 09:14:06 pm »
Thanks for your help Keith, I'll look into PulseAudio (never heard of it before...). I can free up a slot if need be for a sound card.
Mark, It's an Abit IP35 Pro motherboard. Outputs below. The HDMI device must be the video card as no sound card is installed.
To run a command as administrator (user "root"), use "sudo <command>".
See "man sudo_root" for details.
mike@mike-ubuntu:~$ aplay -l
**** List of PLAYBACK Hardware Devices ****
card 0: Intel [HDA Intel], device 0: ALC888 Analog [ALC888 Analog]
Subdevice #0: subdevice #0
card 0: Intel [HDA Intel], device 1: ALC888 Digital [ALC888 Digital]
Subdevice #0: subdevice #0
card 1: HDMI [HDA ATI HDMI], device 3: HDMI 0 [HDMI 0]
Subdevice #0: subdevice #0
mike@mike-ubuntu:~$ cat /proc/asound/card0/codec* | grep Codec
Codec: Realtek ALC888
mike@mike-ubuntu:~$ cat /proc/asound/card1/codec* | grep Codec
Codec: ATI R6xx HDMI
« on: March 21, 2017, 12:51:46 am »
Yes, desktop. Onboard sound only.
Having realised that the method of wiggling the jack introduces a horrible buzz, I've given up on the rear panel - I think the sound on the motherboard is shot.
This is a dual-boot box with Windows. In XP I have got the front panel sound working nicely (oddly, by disabling the front panel jack detection in Realtek Audio Manager. A known problem). If I can just achieve the same thing in Ubuntu, that will do, but I can't find the equivalent settings..
Next thing will be to install a soundcard, but the box is a bit full so I would have to remove some other card. Not ideal.
« on: March 19, 2017, 02:22:37 am »
I'd give 'em the elbow.
Not that I'm an expert. Just that I got sick of listening to their staff reading from a script.
Last time I called them (on a house move) they repeatedly offered me superfast broadband which I kept telling them I didn't need. After a ten minute conversation, half of which I couldn't understand, their representative asked "so are you interested in superfast broadband?" I signed up with another ISP.
Not having to listen to their muppets is worth an extra few quid to me.
Personally, I'm thinking about cable. Fast,reliable, and you can ditch BT altogether. We had it a few years ago and got rid of it on principle because Virgin were affiliated with Phorm/Netwise (deep packet sniffing and targeted ads). In fact, so were BT at one time, but they got their fingers burnt and discontinued it, I believe. These days I realise my deep packets aren't worth sniffing, and I can use AdBlock to head off the ads..
« on: March 18, 2017, 11:23:22 pm »
Finally upgraded from 14.04 to 16.04 and the sound has gone awol.
In settings~sound the only option is Digital Output (S/PDIF).
I can't find any option to use analogue sound.
Update: I plugged the speakers into the rear jack instead of the front one and analogue sound kicked in. The front jack no longer seems to work (it did under 14.04).
Oddly, the right channel doesn't work with the speakers plugged into it directly, but it does with the headphones or with the speakers on an extension cable, as long as I wiggle the plug a bit. That trick just doesn't work with the speakers alone. I suppose it's a physical thing, to do with cables and plugs. Doesn't half annoy me though.
No idea why the front jack has stopped working. Any clues appreciated.
« on: March 01, 2017, 03:41:54 am »
Why not use Ubuntu and boot into Windows when you're not in a hurry?
Then just go to bed for a couple of days while Windows updates...
« on: February 15, 2017, 12:15:38 am »
No. That's the odd part. It's an ageing Abit IP35 Pro motherboard...
« on: February 13, 2017, 12:14:49 am »
Hello again Mark,
Now, this is weird. Welcome, but weird.
I've just reinstalled Windows, fully expecting to have to restore GRUB, and hoping it wouldn't bite me on the backside with some mysterious error that would take up time I can't really spare..
However, the dual-boot still works. GRUB gives me the usual options as though nothing happened.
Thanks for your help, as usual. Next step is to upgrade Ubuntu...
I'll mark this solved now.
« on: February 08, 2017, 12:22:02 am »
Thanks. Will do.
« on: February 07, 2017, 11:59:16 pm »
Ok. I presume I do all that AFTER I've broken GRUB by reinstalling Windows?
On reflection, I'm not quite so confident. If it's ok with you Mark, I'll spend a couple of days backing up data and thinking about this. Then I'll reinstall Windows and come back here via another machine to ask your advice in realtime.
Anyway, the worst case scenario would be to reinstall Ubuntu after reinstalling Windows, which I believe would reinstall GRUB as well. It's about time I upgraded Ubuntu, so a fresh install wouldn't be such a bad thing...
Your help is much appreciated, as always.
« on: February 07, 2017, 10:57:29 pm »
OK. Am I right in thinking the part I will need is the link to the section "How to Repair, Restore, or Reinstall Grub 2 with a Ubuntu Live CD or USB"?
If so, I'm fairly confident I can work through it (famous last words - what could possibly go wrong!#?)...
« on: February 07, 2017, 10:17:56 pm »
Not UEFI, needless to say..
I've got the live cd though. Would it be possible for you to tell me in advance what I'll need to do to reinstate GRUB, so that I can do it as soon as Windows is reinstalled? Could I just copy some file(s) before I start the reinstall, then copy them back afterwards? Obviously I'd have to do that in Windows, as Ubuntu won't be bootable afterwards. Or could I do it in Ubuntu, then use the live cd to copy back?
« on: February 07, 2017, 01:20:36 am »
One of our boxes is a dual-boot with Windows and Ubuntu. Windows needs reinstalling and the question is, will this confuse Grub and break the dual-boot?
Thanks for any feedback..