No sound output devices listed after upgrade from 21.10 to 22.04

Problem: No sound after upgrade from ubuntu 21.10 to 22.04 (using development release) both built in speakers and hdmi output.

Some background: running on ubuntu 21.04, I noticed that my sound was not so great so I did some research for sound and I finally managed to get better sound using pipewire with easyeffects. My guess is that I have to either remove this setup or adjust it for ubuntu 22.04 but I cant find the config settings anymore which I changed earlier.

Some info regarding my setup:

➜  ~ pactl info | grep '^Server Name'                
Server Name: PulseAudio (on PipeWire 0.3.48)

➜  ~ inxi -SMA                                           
  Host: BEWELIN001L Kernel: 5.15.0-25-generic x86_64 bits: 64
    Desktop: GNOME 42.0 Distro: Ubuntu 22.04 (Jammy Jellyfish)
  Type: Laptop System: Notebook product: PC5x_7xHP_HR_HS v: N/A
    serial: <superuser required>
  Mobo: Notebook model: PC5x_7xHP_HR_HS serial: <superuser required>
    UEFI: INSYDE v: 1.07.08 date: 09/07/2021
  Device-1: Intel Tiger Lake-H HD Audio driver: snd_hda_intel
  Device-2: NVIDIA driver: snd_hda_intel
  Sound Server-1: ALSA v: k5.15.0-25-generic running: yes
  Sound Server-2: PipeWire v: 0.3.48 running: yes

No sound output devices listed after upgrade from 21.10 to 22.04

Sound settings just shows "dummy output" in the output device dropdown

No sound output devices listed after upgrade from 21.10 to 22.04

Any ideas how to get this fixed?

Here is Solutions:

We have many solutions to this problem, But we recommend you to use the first solution because it is tested & true solution that will 100% work for you.

Solution 1

I had the same issue after upgrading from 21.10.

I was able to fix this by running:

sudo touch /usr/share/pipewire/media-session.d/with-pulseaudio
systemctl --user restart pipewire-session-manager

For some reason pipewire-media-session was no longer picking up /etc/pipewire/media-session.d/with-pulseaudio


Solution 2

I was having the same issue in Ubuntu 20.04. I tried to restart but it didn’t help. Finally, I got the solution here.

Just restart pulseaudio service it will start working again.

Kill the running instance:

pulseaudio -k

Start pulseaudio again as a daemon:

pulseaudio -D

Please note that it fixed my Dummy Output problem on Ubuntu 20.04. A try is always worth giving.

Solution 3

I had the same issue after upgrading. What helped me is a complete shutdown. Simply rebooting doesn’t work for some reason.
I got the tip from this comment on Reddit.

Solution 4


Open the terminal.

  • Type alsamixer and press the Enter key.

  • You will see the some output in your terminal.

  • Use the left and right arrow keys to select a volume control. and use up and down arrow keys to increase and decrease volume levels for
    each control.

  • Note: the currently selected item is shown in red. If mixer control
    is muted, “MM” appears below the volume bar. You can unmute control
    by pressing the m key. This changes “MM” to “OO.”

  • To exit alsamixer, press the Esc key.


Run the following on the terminal and restart your system

$ alsaloop

$ sudo alsa force-reload

reboot your computer, and test your sound again to see if it is working.


If none of the above solutions work for you, try reinstalling ALSA and PulseAudio that must fix the problem for you. Open your terminal, and enter the following commands: sudo apt-get remove –purge alsa-base

sudo apt-get remove --purge pulseaudio

sudo apt-get install alsa-base

sudo apt-get install pulseaudio

Solution 5

I tried so many things after the upgrade to 22.04 and nothing seemed to work, and what I noticed (in my case), is that the kernel was not using the snd_hda_intel driver and therefor couldn’t see/load the soundcard while lspci was still showing the soundcard.

I tried several of the options found and what did work for me what eventually the last option found on this page:

which was actually saying to add the following to the alsa-base.conf (/etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base.conf) and reboot:

options snd-hda-intel dmic_detect=0

after the reboot I finally had audio again!

Solution 6

after couple days of struggling this reddit answer worked for me

as the answer suggest remove pipewire config files then reinstall pipewire, pipewire-pulse, and pipewire-media-session

  1. Remove all the configuration files in /etc/pipewire (sudo mv
    /etc/pipewire /tmp)

  2. Reinstall pipewire, pipewire-pulse, and pipewire-media-session (sudo
    pacman -S pipewire pipewire-pulse pipewire-media-session)

  3. Enable and start the relevant services (systemctl –user enable
    pipewire pipewire-pulse pipewire-media-session) and (systemctl
    –user restart pipewire pipewire-pulse pipewire-media-session). After that, my devices appeared as usual and I was back in business.

Note: Use and implement solution 1 because this method fully tested our system.
Thank you 🙂

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