No sound on Arch Linux (ALSA)


1) Check if the user is part of the audio group:

id <user>

If not, add the user to the group with:

usermod -aG audio <user>

A logout/login will probably be necessary to re-activate

2) If you have a /dev/audio device, try copying any smallish (about 50kB) to that device:

cat file > /dev/audio

if you hear anything, then audio is working. If you do not have /dev/audio, you might have a bad configuration.


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Updated on September 18, 2022


  • Ahmed Deq
    Ahmed Deq almost 2 years

    Output of aplay -l

    aplay: device_list:268: no soundcards found...

    output of sudo aplay -l

    **** *List of PLAYBACK Hardware Devices* ****
    card 0: Intel [HDA Intel], device 0: ALC662 rev1 Analog [ALC662 rev1 Analog]
      Subdevices: 1/1
      Subdevice #0: subdevice #0
    card 1: HDMI [HDA ATI HDMI], device 3: HDMI 0 [HDMI 0]
      Subdevices: 1/1
      Subdevice #0: subdevice #0

    My sound is unmuted in alsamixer and sudo alsamixer (diffrerent for some reason)

    A Link to my /dev/snd/* output

    Anything else needed?

    • CL.
      CL. about 9 years
      Is your user member of the audio group?
  • jcoppens
    jcoppens about 9 years
    @AhmedDeq: Please mark the answer as Accepted - clicking on the 'V' to the left of the answer. That makes it easier for other users to find it!