Selecting a sound device in Ubuntu

I’ve found that using the ALSA sound system in Ubuntu is pretty slick, but becomes a pain when the sound tool in Ubuntu doesn’t correctly switch devices using the graphical user interface.

In a nutshell, here are a few useful commands to list and select the sound devices that are on your computer:

<code>asoundconf list</code>

list available sound cards

<code>asoundconf set-default-card !!#</code>

Set the default sound card. Replace !! with the device name from the previous command

<code>alsamixer !!</code>

Adjust volume settings for your specific sound card. Once again, replace !! with the device.

Running through these 3 commands will probably save any user a great deal of grief in the long run.