No sound with HDA Intel, VIA VT8237A/VT8251, kernel 3.12

Bug #1265611 reported by hr on 2014-01-02
This bug affects 9 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
ALSA driver
alsa-driver (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

After updating my system to Ubuntu Trusty Tahr (development branch) Release: 14.04
my soundcard VIA Technologies, Inc. VT8237A/VT8251 HDA Controller is not working anymore on the newer kernel (3.12).
After booting an older kernel (3.2) the card is working.

Already tried various options in /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base.conf,
e.g. options snd-hda-intel probe_mask=1 model=3stack-dig but without success

Configuration infos
lspci: 04:01.0 Audio device: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT8237A/VT8251 HDA Controller

Bad system configuration:
Linux version 3.12.0-7-generic (buildd@aatxe) (gcc version 4.8.2 (Ubuntu/Linaro 4.8.2-8ubuntu1) ) #15-Ubuntu SMP Sun Dec 8 23:39:27 UTC 2013 (Ubuntu 3.12.0-7.15-generic 3.12.4)

[ 0.000000] Command line: BOOT_IMAGE=/boot/vmlinuz-3.12.0-7-generic root=UUID=cd684c44-c353-4cdf-8242-a865c65b61b3 ro quiet splash vt.handoff=7

[ 21.342849] hda-intel 0000:04:01.0: Using VIACOMBO position fix
[ 21.342893] snd_hda_intel 0000:04:01.0: irq 68 for MSI/MSI-X
[ 22.348029] hda-intel 0000:04:01.0: Codec #0 probe error; disabling it...
[ 27.384025] hda-intel 0000:04:01.0: no codecs initialized

uploded alsa info of bad configuration:

Good system configuration:
Linux version 3.2.0-56-generic (buildd@roseapple) (gcc version 4.6.3 (Ubuntu/Linaro 4.6.3-1ubuntu5) ) #86-Ubuntu SMP Wed Oct 23 09:20:45 UTC 2013 (Ubuntu 3.2.0-56.86-generic 3.2.51)
[ 0.000000] Command line: BOOT_IMAGE=/boot/vmlinuz-3.2.0-56-generic root=UUID=cd684c44-c353-4cdf-8242-a865c65b61b3 ro quiet splash vt.handoff=7

[ 23.147203] snd_hda_intel 0000:04:01.0: PCI INT A -> GSI 17 (level, low) -> IRQ 17
[ 23.147262] snd_hda_intel 0000:04:01.0: irq 68 for MSI/MSI-X
[ 23.147292] snd_hda_intel 0000:04:01.0: setting latency timer to 64
[ 26.196033] hda-intel: azx_get_response timeout, switching to polling mode: last cmd=0x000f0001
[ 27.144807] hda_codec: ALC888: BIOS auto-probing.
[ 27.144813] hda_codec: ALC888: SKU not ready 0x411111f0
[ 27.153432] input: HDA VIA VT82xx Line as /devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:13.0/0000:04:01.0/sound/card0/input7
[ 27.153568] input: HDA VIA VT82xx Mic as /devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:13.0/0000:04:01.0/sound/card0/input8
[ 27.153684] input: HDA VIA VT82xx Front Headphone as /devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:13.0/0000:04:01.0/sound/card0/input9
[ 27.153801] input: HDA VIA VT82xx Line-Out Side as /devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:13.0/0000:04:01.0/sound/card0/input10
[ 27.153914] input: HDA VIA VT82xx Line-Out CLFE as /devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:13.0/0000:04:01.0/sound/card0/input11
[ 27.154022] input: HDA VIA VT82xx Line-Out Surround as /devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:13.0/0000:04:01.0/sound/card0/input12
[ 27.154127] input: HDA VIA VT82xx Line-Out Front as /devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:13.0/0000:04:01.0/sound/card0/input13

uploded alsa info of good configuration:

Raymond (superquad-vortex2) wrote :

do you mean regression ?

there are numerous changes between 3.2.0-56 and 3.12.0-7

try some LiveCD or git bisect

hr (hhancock) wrote :

yes, I think its regression between the two kernels, but I am not sure if this is the root cause.

will try some LiveCDs, but this will take some time.

regards hr

Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

Status changed to 'Confirmed' because the bug affects multiple users.

Changed in alsa-driver (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
Raymond (superquad-vortex2) wrote :

you have to file a bug report upstream

lepetit (lacsebastien) wrote :

xubuntu 12.04 , kernel 3.13, i have no sound with this sound chipset

Janet (bugzilla-kerridis) wrote :

Problem seems to persist, Kubuntu 14.10, kernel 3.16.0-24...

Maurizio (maurizio-laurenti) wrote :

I' ve a problem.
If I start Lubuntu 14:04, with main power supply, normal sound from the headphones and no sound from speakers.
Everything is enabled both on alsamixer and pavucontro.
I turn off the laptop and boot from a USB key with Live VectorLinux.
Perfect sound from the speakers
I turn off the laptop, I remove the key, I start again Lubuntu and I' ve perfect sound from the speakers.
Then I restart again, always with the main power supply and sound always perfect.
I turn it off,I take off the main power supply and I restart Lubuntu using the battery and ... no sound from the speakers,from the headphones only.
I repeat the cycle from the start and I always get the same result.
In addition to an exorcism, what can I do?
Best regards.

I can confirm a similar behavior as described in post #7.

1. I installed Ubuntu Studio 15.04 on the harddisk and there was no way to get sound from speakers.
2. I started Ubuntu Studio 12.04.5 from a USB stick with persistence and did all updates.
3. With 12.04.5 initial system and also after update I had sound on speakers.
4. I boot 15.04, with power connected, and there is sound on speakers.
5. I boot 15.04 using the battery, and there is NO sound on speakers.
6. I boot 15.04, with power connected, and there is NN sound on speakers.

7. I go back and can repeat cycle starting at item 3.

I also verified, that when just temporarily removing power cable before step 4, I still have sound in step 4.

mausmaus (maurizio-maurizi) wrote :

Exactly same problem of post #7, Lubuntu 14.04 kernel 4.2.0-36-generic, on HP Netbook HP2133.
no sound from speakers, light sound from headphones.
From live CD (USB installer 14.04) no sound.
Speakers worked perfectly on old 10.04.
Perfect on dual-booted WinXp (sorry!)
Will try Mint.
Any suggestions?
Maurizio Maurizi

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