Sound mostly stopped working after ALSA updates on Oct 17

Bug #877794 reported by Nathan J. Brauer
This bug affects 1 person
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alsa-utils (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Running a clean install of Oneiric (installed on Friday) and sound worked perfectly prior to this issue.

Monday, Oct 17, I installed the following updates from Update Manager ("*" symbol added for emphasis):
** bluez-alsa:amd64 (4.96-0ubuntu3, 4.96-0ubuntu4),
python-cupshelpers:amd64 (1.3.6+20110831-0ubuntu9, 1.3.6+20110831-0ubuntu9.1),
libgnome-bluetooth8:amd64 (3.2.0-0ubuntu1, 3.2.0-0ubuntu2),
gir1.2-gnomebluetooth-1.0:amd64 (3.2.0-0ubuntu1, 3.2.0-0ubuntu2),
libgnome-desktop-3-2:amd64 (3.2.0-0ubuntu4, 3.2.0-0ubuntu4.1),
python-ubuntuone-client:amd64 (2.0.0-0ubuntu1, 2.0.0-0ubuntu2),
system-config-printer-gnome:amd64 (1.3.6+20110831-0ubuntu9, 1.3.6+20110831-0ubuntu9.1),
ubuntuone-client:amd64 (2.0.0-0ubuntu1, 2.0.0-0ubuntu2),
bluez-gstreamer:amd64 (4.96-0ubuntu3, 4.96-0ubuntu4),
totem-plugins:amd64 (3.0.1-0ubuntu5, 3.0.1-0ubuntu7),
libimobiledevice2:amd64 (1.1.1-1, 1.1.1-1ubuntu1),
bluez-cups:amd64 (4.96-0ubuntu3, 4.96-0ubuntu4),
libtotem0:amd64 (3.0.1-0ubuntu5, 3.0.1-0ubuntu7),
bluez:amd64 (4.96-0ubuntu3, 4.96-0ubuntu4),
gnome-desktop3-data:amd64 (3.2.0-0ubuntu4, 3.2.0-0ubuntu4.1),
gir1.2-totem-1.0:amd64 (3.0.1-0ubuntu5, 3.0.1-0ubuntu7),
libsyncdaemon-1.0-1:amd64 (2.0.0-0ubuntu1, 2.0.0-0ubuntu2),
gnome-bluetooth:amd64 (3.2.0-0ubuntu1, 3.2.0-0ubuntu2),
** alsa-utils:amd64 (,,
system-config-printer-udev:amd64 (1.3.6+20110831-0ubuntu9, 1.3.6+20110831-0ubuntu9.1),
python-cups:amd64 (1.9.58-0ubuntu1, 1.9.59-0ubuntu0.1),
ubuntuone-client-gnome:amd64 (2.0.1-0ubuntu1, 2.0.1-0ubuntu2),
system-config-printer-common:amd64 (1.3.6+20110831-0ubuntu9, 1.3.6+20110831-0ubuntu9.1),
totem:amd64 (3.0.1-0ubuntu5, 3.0.1-0ubuntu7),
totem-mozilla:amd64 (3.0.1-0ubuntu5, 3.0.1-0ubuntu7),
totem-common:amd64 (3.0.1-0ubuntu5, 3.0.1-0ubuntu7),
libbluetooth3:amd64 (4.96-0ubuntu3, 4.96-0ubuntu4)

After rebooting:
- Skype hangs on "Signing in..."
- Empathy freezes
- X-Chat-Gnome hangs for 30+ seconds each time someone mentions my name (w/ sound alerts on)
- when I try to watch videos on Firefox OR Chrome, flash freezes and eventually quits
- when I launch (native player), I get "The ALSA soundsystem is either busy or not present."
- "Sound Settings" shows no sound hardware available.

Oddly, some sounds still work (usually alerts) but only sometimes. I'm gussing that if ALSA is fixed, everything else will fall into place here.

Here's a dump from the ALSA information script:

Here's a copy of each my APT-GET logs:

"Sound Settings" screenshot:

Tags: alsa sound update
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Nathan J. Brauer (nathanbrauer) wrote :
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Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

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

Changed in alsa-utils (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
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