Broken microphone

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My microphone stopped working two days ago and since then I've tried rebooting, plugging the microphone into another port and changing settings in pulseaudio but nothing worked. Any help at all would be appreciated. If I need to run some commands in the terminal, I will post the output here. Thanks in advance!
 


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G'day bagalontwersche, Welcome to Linux.org

What os/version are you running?

Were any changes made prior to the mic stopping?....updates of any kind?

Do you have access to another pc/laptop to test the mic itself?

Some detail please.
 
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I'm running Linux Mint 20.3. I did not make any changes and there were some software updates and a kernel update, which did not seem to have anything to do with audio and I installed the kernel update after my microphone stopped working. Unfortunately, I don't have another device to test the microphone itself. Thanks for the quick response!
 

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Do you have a Timeshift snapshot to fall back on ?

Is the microphone a usb or mini plug or wireless ?
 
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Take a snapshot now......

and then restore the snapshot for the 27th may

By doing that if the 27th may snapshot does not bring a good change you can simply restore the snapshot for today, knowing that the problem lays elsewhere
 
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The microphone doesn't work on the old snapshot. On an unrelated note, is there a way to get my browser bookmarks back? I've lost them through this process.
 

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In the terminal run
Code:
aplay -l
and you'll get a card number for the Audio Analog card. which should look something like
Code:
$ aplay -l
**** List of PLAYBACK Hardware Devices ****
card 0: PCH [HDA Intel PCH], device 0: ALC270 Analog [ALC270 Analog]
  Subdevices: 1/1
  Subdevice #0: subdevice #0
card 0: PCH [HDA Intel PCH], device 3: HDMI 0 [HDMI 0]
  Subdevices: 1/1
  Subdevice #0: subdevice #0

as you can see it shows card 0

Use that number to then run
Code:
amixer -c#
(replacing # with the number you got in the first step, in this case "0". So the command would be
Code:
amixer -c0
Paste that output here, along with the full output from
Code:
inxi -Fxz
please.
 
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bagalontwersche

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Here's the output for the first command:

Simple mixer control 'Master',0
Capabilities: pvolume pvolume-joined pswitch pswitch-joined
Playback channels: Mono
Limits: Playback 0 - 64
Mono: Playback 0 [0%] [-64.00dB] [off]
Simple mixer control 'Headphone',0
Capabilities: pvolume pswitch
Playback channels: Front Left - Front Right
Limits: Playback 0 - 64
Mono:
Front Left: Playback 0 [0%] [-64.00dB] [off]
Front Right: Playback 0 [0%] [-64.00dB] [off]
Simple mixer control 'PCM',0
Capabilities: pvolume
Playback channels: Front Left - Front Right
Limits: Playback 0 - 255
Mono:
Front Left: Playback 255 [100%] [0.00dB]
Front Right: Playback 255 [100%] [0.00dB]
Simple mixer control 'Front',0
Capabilities: pvolume pswitch
Playback channels: Front Left - Front Right
Limits: Playback 0 - 64
Mono:
Front Left: Playback 64 [100%] [0.00dB] [on]
Front Right: Playback 64 [100%] [0.00dB] [on]
Simple mixer control 'Front Mic',0
Capabilities: pvolume pswitch
Playback channels: Front Left - Front Right
Limits: Playback 0 - 31
Mono:
Front Left: Playback 0 [0%] [-34.50dB] [off]
Front Right: Playback 0 [0%] [-34.50dB] [off]
Simple mixer control 'Front Mic Boost',0
Capabilities: volume
Playback channels: Front Left - Front Right
Capture channels: Front Left - Front Right
Limits: 0 - 3
Front Left: 0 [0%] [0.00dB]
Front Right: 0 [0%] [0.00dB]
Simple mixer control 'Surround',0
Capabilities: pvolume pswitch
Playback channels: Front Left - Front Right
Limits: Playback 0 - 64
Mono:
Front Left: Playback 0 [0%] [-64.00dB] [off]
Front Right: Playback 0 [0%] [-64.00dB] [off]
Simple mixer control 'Center',0
Capabilities: pvolume pvolume-joined pswitch pswitch-joined
Playback channels: Mono
Limits: Playback 0 - 64
Mono: Playback 0 [0%] [-64.00dB] [off]
Simple mixer control 'LFE',0
Capabilities: pvolume pvolume-joined pswitch pswitch-joined
Playback channels: Mono
Limits: Playback 0 - 64
Mono: Playback 0 [0%] [-64.00dB] [off]
Simple mixer control 'Line',0
Capabilities: pvolume pswitch
Playback channels: Front Left - Front Right
Limits: Playback 0 - 31
Mono:
Front Left: Playback 0 [0%] [-34.50dB] [off]
Front Right: Playback 0 [0%] [-34.50dB] [off]
Simple mixer control 'Line Boost',0
Capabilities: volume
Playback channels: Front Left - Front Right
Capture channels: Front Left - Front Right
Limits: 0 - 3
Front Left: 0 [0%] [0.00dB]
Front Right: 0 [0%] [0.00dB]
Simple mixer control 'IEC958',0
Capabilities: pswitch pswitch-joined
Playback channels: Mono
Mono: Playback [on]
Simple mixer control 'IEC958 Default PCM',0
Capabilities: pswitch pswitch-joined
Playback channels: Mono
Mono: Playback [on]
Simple mixer control 'Capture',0
Capabilities: cvolume cswitch
Capture channels: Front Left - Front Right
Limits: Capture 0 - 46
Front Left: Capture 46 [100%] [30.00dB] [on]
Front Right: Capture 46 [100%] [30.00dB] [on]
Simple mixer control 'Capture',1
Capabilities: cvolume cswitch
Capture channels: Front Left - Front Right
Limits: Capture 0 - 46
Front Left: Capture 0 [0%] [-16.00dB] [off]
Front Right: Capture 0 [0%] [-16.00dB] [off]
Simple mixer control 'Auto-Mute Mode',0
Capabilities: enum
Items: 'Disabled' 'Enabled'
Item0: 'Enabled'
Simple mixer control 'Channel Mode',0
Capabilities: enum
Items: '2ch' '4ch' '6ch'
Item0: '2ch'
Simple mixer control 'Digital',0
Capabilities: cvolume
Capture channels: Front Left - Front Right
Limits: Capture 0 - 120
Front Left: Capture 60 [50%] [0.00dB]
Front Right: Capture 60 [50%] [0.00dB]
Simple mixer control 'Input Source',0
Capabilities: cenum
Items: 'Front Mic' 'Rear Mic' 'Line'
Item0: 'Rear Mic'
Simple mixer control 'Input Source',1
Capabilities: cenum
Items: 'Front Mic' 'Rear Mic' 'Line'
Item0: 'Front Mic'
Simple mixer control 'Loopback Mixing',0
Capabilities: enum
Items: 'Disabled' 'Enabled'
Item0: 'Disabled'
Simple mixer control 'Rear Mic',0
Capabilities: pvolume pswitch
Playback channels: Front Left - Front Right
Limits: Playback 0 - 31
Mono:
Front Left: Playback 0 [0%] [-34.50dB] [off]
Front Right: Playback 0 [0%] [-34.50dB] [off]
Simple mixer control 'Rear Mic Boost',0
Capabilities: volume
Playback channels: Front Left - Front Right
Capture channels: Front Left - Front Right
Limits: 0 - 3
Front Left: 3 [100%] [30.00dB]
Front Right: 3 [100%] [30.00dB]

And here's the output for the second command:


System:
Kernel: 5.13.0-48-generic x86_64 bits: 64 compiler: N/A
Desktop: Cinnamon 5.2.7 Distro: Linux Mint 20.3 Una
base: Ubuntu 20.04 focal
Machine:
Type: Desktop System: Hyrican Informationssysteme AG
product: Hyrican PC Z390 UD v: N/A serial: <filter>
Mobo: Gigabyte model: Z390 UD v: x.x serial: <filter>
UEFI: American Megatrends v: F10e YG date: 02/04/2020
CPU:
Topology: 8-Core model: Intel Core i9-9900KF bits: 64 type: MT MCP
arch: Kaby Lake rev: D L2 cache: 16.0 MiB
flags: avx avx2 lm nx pae sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 vmx
bogomips: 115200
Speed: 800 MHz min/max: 800/5000 MHz Core speeds (MHz): 1: 1338 2: 4487
3: 3172 4: 1862 5: 1046 6: 800 7: 800 8: 800 9: 800 10: 800 11: 800
12: 1097 13: 800 14: 800 15: 800 16: 800
Graphics:
Device-1: NVIDIA TU104 [GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER] vendor: ZOTAC
driver: nvidia v: 510.73.05 bus ID: 01:00.0
Display: x11 server: X.Org 1.20.13 driver: nvidia
unloaded: fbdev,modesetting,nouveau,vesa tty: N/A
OpenGL: renderer: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER/PCIe/SSE2
v: 4.6.0 NVIDIA 510.73.05 direct render: Yes
Audio:
Device-1: Intel Cannon Lake PCH cAVS vendor: Gigabyte
driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel bus ID: 00:1f.3
Device-2: NVIDIA TU104 HD Audio vendor: ZOTAC driver: snd_hda_intel
v: kernel bus ID: 01:00.1
Device-3: Kingston HyperX 7.1 Audio type: USB
driver: hid-generic,snd-usb-audio,usbhid bus ID: 1-3:4
Sound Server: ALSA v: k5.13.0-48-generic
Network:
Device-1: Realtek RTL8812AE 802.11ac PCIe Wireless Network Adapter
driver: rtl8821ae v: kernel port: 4000 bus ID: 03:00.0
IF: wlp3s0 state: down mac: <filter>
Device-2: Realtek RTL8111/8168/8411 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet
vendor: Gigabyte driver: r8169 v: kernel port: 3000 bus ID: 05:00.0
IF: enp5s0 state: up speed: 100 Mbps duplex: full mac: <filter>
Drives:
Local Storage: total: 447.14 GiB used: 42.85 GiB (9.6%)
ID-1: /dev/sda vendor: Western Digital model: WDS480G2G0B-00EPW0
size: 447.14 GiB
Partition:
ID-1: / size: 438.63 GiB used: 42.85 GiB (9.8%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda2
Sensors:
System Temperatures: cpu: 38.0 C mobo: 27.8 C gpu: nvidia temp: 37 C
Fan Speeds (RPM): N/A gpu: nvidia fan: 32%
Info:
Processes: 337 Uptime: 5h 14m Memory: 31.29 GiB used: 3.49 GiB (11.1%)
Init: systemd runlevel: 5 Compilers: gcc: 9.4.0 Shell: bash v: 5.0.17
inxi: 3.0.38
 
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It didn't work. Here's the output:

# autoloader aliases
install sound-slot-0 /sbin/modprobe snd-card-0
install sound-slot-1 /sbin/modprobe snd-card-1
install sound-slot-2 /sbin/modprobe snd-card-2
install sound-slot-3 /sbin/modprobe snd-card-3
install sound-slot-4 /sbin/modprobe snd-card-4
install sound-slot-5 /sbin/modprobe snd-card-5
install sound-slot-6 /sbin/modprobe snd-card-6
install sound-slot-7 /sbin/modprobe snd-card-7

# Cause optional modules to be loaded above generic modules
install snd /sbin/modprobe --ignore-install snd $CMDLINE_OPTS && { /sbin/modprobe --quiet --use-blacklist snd-ioctl32 ; /sbin/modprobe --quiet --use-blacklist snd-seq ; }
#
# Workaround at bug #499695 (reverted in Ubuntu see LP #319505)
install snd-pcm /sbin/modprobe --ignore-install snd-pcm $CMDLINE_OPTS && { /sbin/modprobe --quiet --use-blacklist snd-pcm-oss ; : ; }
install snd-mixer /sbin/modprobe --ignore-install snd-mixer $CMDLINE_OPTS && { /sbin/modprobe --quiet --use-blacklist snd-mixer-oss ; : ; }
install snd-seq /sbin/modprobe --ignore-install snd-seq $CMDLINE_OPTS && { /sbin/modprobe --quiet --use-blacklist snd-seq-midi ; /sbin/modprobe --quiet --use-blacklist snd-seq-oss ; : ; }
#
install snd-rawmidi /sbin/modprobe --ignore-install snd-rawmidi $CMDLINE_OPTS && { /sbin/modprobe --quiet --use-blacklist snd-seq-midi ; : ; }
# Cause optional modules to be loaded above sound card driver modules
install snd-emu10k1 /sbin/modprobe --ignore-install snd-emu10k1 $CMDLINE_OPTS && { /sbin/modprobe --quiet --use-blacklist snd-emu10k1-synth ; }
install snd-via82xx /sbin/modprobe --ignore-install snd-via82xx $CMDLINE_OPTS && { /sbin/modprobe --quiet --use-blacklist snd-seq ; }

# Load saa7134-alsa instead of saa7134 (which gets dragged in by it anyway)
install saa7134 /sbin/modprobe --ignore-install saa7134 $CMDLINE_OPTS && { /sbin/modprobe --quiet --use-blacklist saa7134-alsa ; : ; }
# Prevent abnormal drivers from grabbing index 0
options bt87x index=-2
options cx88_alsa index=-2
options saa7134-alsa index=-2
options snd-atiixp-modem index=-2
options snd-intel8x0m index=-2
options snd-via82xx-modem index=-2
options snd-usb-audio index=-2
options snd-usb-caiaq index=-2
options snd-usb-ua101 index=-2
options snd-usb-us122l index=-2
options snd-usb-usx2y index=-2
# Ubuntu #62691, enable MPU for snd-cmipci
options snd-cmipci mpu_port=0x330 fm_port=0x388
# Keep snd-pcsp from being loaded as first soundcard
options snd-pcsp index=-2
# Keep snd-usb-audio from beeing loaded as first soundcard
options snd-usb-audio index=-2
options snd_hda_intel model=dell-headset-multi
 

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Looking at your amixer -c0 output I am not seeing any head phone microphone output I would expect to see something like
Simple mixer control 'Headset Mic',0
but from what I can see it is not listed
I do not believe alsa-base.conf is in Debian based distros anymore -
one option is to create a local.conf file in /etc/modprobe.d
and add a couple of lines to see if the headsets start working
options snd_hda_intel model=headset-mic
options snd_hda_intel model=headset-mode
options snd_hda_intel model=dell-headset-multi
save the file then reboot
 
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I'm not using a headphone/headset microphone.
I looked in the modprobe.d folder and alsa-base.conf already exists, should I add the commands anyway?
 
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