Ubuntu 14.04- Sound comes from both Headphones & Speakers

Last updated: August 23, 2015

sound come from both headphone and speakers

I rarely use headphones on my Ubuntu laptop. But when I plugged in ones today, sound was coming from both headphones and speakers in Ubuntu 14.04.

This is a very old bug with alsamixer. If you happen to have this issue on Ubuntu 14.04, you may try below steps to fix it:

1. Launch a terminal window from the Dash, App launcher, or via Ctrl+Alt+T shortcut key. When it opens, run below command and hit enter:


When you see following screen, use Left/Right arrow key to navigate and choose Auto-Mute, then enable it via Up/Down arrow key.


2. If it does not work, try GNOME ALSA Mixer which can be installed from Ubuntu Software Center or by running below command in terminal:

sudo apt-get install gnome-alsamixer

Then start it from the Dash or via gnome-alsamixer command and enable Auto-Mute Mode


3. Does not work? Well, here is how to install the latest ALSA driver for a “HDA Intel” sound card in Ubuntu 14.04, which fixed the issue for me.

First make sure you have dkms package installed. Install it either from Ubuntu Software Center or via below command in terminal:

sudo apt-get install dkms

Then select download the latest ALSA driver from THIS PAGE.

Depends on your Kernel version, check it out via uname -r command,


select download:

  • oem-audio-hda-daily-dkms_xxx.deb for 3.13 kernel
  • oem-audio-hda-daily-lts-utopic-dkms_xxx.deb for 3.16 kernel
  • oem-audio-hda-daily-lts-vivid-dkms_xxx.deb for 3.19 kernel

After you installed the .deb package, restart you computer and plug / re-plug in headphones to see results.


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2 responses to Ubuntu 14.04- Sound comes from both Headphones & Speakers

  1. Angelos Alexiou August 23, 2015 at 7:38 pm

    You can try the following (without installing anything):

    sudo gedit /etc/pulse/default.pa
    Enter your password and press enter.

    Find the line where it contains “load-module module-udev-detect” (without quotes)
    Change it to: “load-module module-udev-detect use_ucm=0” (without quotes)
    Save and exit.

    If the above did not fix the problem, change it to: “load-module module-udev-detect tsched=0” (without quotes).

    Ref: https://askubuntu.com/questions/308399/ubuntu-13-04-crackling-sound-on-mp3-playback-and-problems-with-output-sound-and

    UPDATE: Ubuntu 14.04 with 3.19.0-26-generic kernel fix the above problem for me!

  2. auto mute works but when you plug out the earphones , no sound from the speakers .does that have to be manual where by every time i want to use earphones i have to do a manual setup ?