In this short tutorial , you will learn how to find your sound card information in a simple way in case your Ubuntu distribution cannot automatically detect it.
The sound card is a hardware device that enables your machine to play audio. In this tutorial, you will see how to get details about the sound card hardware and the sound card driver in your Ubuntu distribution.
You just need to type in the command below :
To see the number of cards available, type in the command below :
ls -ld /proc/asound/cards
In order to view some details about the manufacturer of the sound card as well as the sound card driver, you would simply need to use the lspci command as follows :
lspci -v | grep -i audio
or using alsamixer tool as shown below :
Which will bring out the screen below :
This can be easily done using the command below :
From the above output, we can see that there is one audio playback device (Speaker) and two audio capture devices (microphones). The remaining details are information related to the sound card.
You can also use the aplay command to get device details:
The module related to the sound card is represented by the snd string in its name. So, if you can look up the /proc/asound/modules file or the output of the lsmod command , you will be able to find out which sound card driver is being used, as shown below :
lsmod | grep snd
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