Sound Recently Crapped Out (Solved)

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Long story short, my laptop crapped out on me (it wouldn't boot into Mint 20), and my brother managed to fix it. The sound worked fine after I got it back from him, but then stopped working one day and hasn't worked since. I've tried upgrading to 20.02 to see if that would resolve it, but it didn't work. I checked my driver manager (thinking it was a driver issue), but all of my drivers are up to date. Because this is a Lenovo Thinkpad X200 Tablet (which was made around 2008 from what I looked up), it's old, so maybe it's a hardware issue brought on by old age.
 
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You can try booting to a Live USB and see if the issue persists.
 

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well you can have a look at https://www.ventoy.net/en/index.html theres a thread about it

 

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heh, Sounds was one of the really maddening things about Linux on the desktop. PulseAudio was a spawn of Satan! lol.

Is PulseAudio still the primary sound system on Linux? Given I only use Linux servers these days, I have no idea of the current status of the default Linux sound system.
 

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heh, Sounds was one of the really maddening things about Linux on the desktop. PulseAudio was a spawn of Satan! lol.

Is PulseAudio still the primary sound system on Linux? Given I only use Linux servers these days, I have no idea of the current status of the default Linux sound system.
Pulseaudio is still the default in most GNU/Linux distributions, why you calling it spawn of Satan? I've never had any problems with it always worked for me, I'm currently not using pulseaudio anymore but pipewire.
 
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Pulseaudio is still the default in most GNU/Linux distributions, why you calling it spawn of Satan? I've never had any problems with it always worked for me, I'm currently not using pulseaudio anymore but pipewire.
Not sure what it's like now, but back in the day. If you had sound issues and were using PulseAudio could quickly become a nightmare. Prior to PulseAudio, the Linux sound standard was basically ALSA and OSS sound. Obviously compared to today (and the reason PulseAudio was created). Linux sound was a crippled POS. PulseAudio was created to fix it, but it was a bumpy ride and many were calling for a better solution due to the myriad of issues it was creating. (There were several options on the table if you go back around 10-15 years ago)

I'm happy to hear it has improved.
 
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You can try booting to a Live USB and see if the issue persists.

I can, but I wouldn't know how to burn Mint onto a USB

Here's how.



 

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I can, but I wouldn't know how to burn Mint onto a USB

OK David, I'll bite.

If you don't know how to burn an iso to a USB (or CD/DVD) how did you install Linux in the first place?

Or did someone install it for you?

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OK David, I'll bite.

If you don't know how to burn an iso to a USB (or CD/DVD) how did you install Linux in the first place?

Or did someone install it for you?

Wizard

I'll usually grab the ISO from the official Mint forum, create a virtual machine, and install it that way. There have been a few times (at least twice) where my friend at time did install it for me.
 

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Gotcha, tks for clearing that up.
 

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I'll usually grab the ISO from the official Mint forum, create a virtual machine, and install it that way.
Are you running Linux Mint in bare metal or inside a VM?
 

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I always run it on bare metal
Right, so you saying "I'll usually grab the ISO from the official Mint forum, create a virtual machine, and install it that way." must be a hallucination. Ok, I get it, you're just making fun of us, wasting people's time. I'm out.
 
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Right, so you saying "I'll usually grab the ISO from the official Mint forum, create a virtual machine, and install it that way." must be a hallucination. Ok, I get it, you're just making fun of us, wasting people's time. I'm out.

Whenever I've gotten a new computer (particularly a laptop), it came with Windows, so I put Mint on it to replace Windows. Does that make more sense?
 

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How, exactly, do you "put Mint on it to replace Windows"

Details please. Precise details.
 
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How, exactly, do you "put Mint on it to replace Windows"

Details please. Precise details.

From what I remember (and this was years ago, so my memory's a little foggy), when I put Mint into Virtualbox, there was an CD icon that said "Install", and after I clicked on it, Mint would override Windows and install onto the hard drive. I know my friend booted it from a USB.
 
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