Comments on: Disabling NVIDIA’s HDMI Audio Under Linux PC enthusiasts one-stop resource for high-quality reviews, articles and current technology news. Mon, 03 Aug 2015 20:35:00 +0000 hourly 1 By: Rob Williams Mon, 29 Sep 2014 17:02:00 +0000 The problem with disabling all of snd_hda_intel is that a lot of onboard audio solutions actually use this, so while it’d get rid of the HDMI problem, it’d remove a lot of people’s primary source of audio.

It’s really too bad this is so complicated. It really shouldn’t be.

By: osirisgothra Mon, 29 Sep 2014 15:30:00 +0000 verified as snd_hda_intel (geforce GT family), if its not being used you can (usually outside of X after shutting down or after executing a ‘stop lightdm’ or ‘stop kdm’ or whatever dm you got), just ‘sudo modprobe -r snd_hda_intel’, and blacklist the thing too, then you wont have to restart the machine, which is not good if you are on a network server or something, or have (what i call) skipping-rocks-wired network. Usually we run linux because we depend on never having to reboot unless both the power is out AND the UPS has run out of steam, in which case i doubt the local internet connection would be up anyway, unless you have a generator, run satelite, etc… heh

By: Rob Williams Sat, 27 Sep 2014 05:50:00 +0000 This article is out-of-date, because current kernels have a submenu underneath the hda-intel choice. Inside that you’d have to disable the HDMI option, and then recompile. Then you should have your onboard audio available but no HDMI, because support wouldn’t be compiled.

By: shayneo Sat, 27 Sep 2014 05:46:00 +0000 FFFFFFFFFFF If I disable the hda_intel one, it’ll also disable the intel sound hardware on the motherboard that I *WANT* to use.


By: Rob Williams Sun, 13 Apr 2014 17:55:00 +0000 It’s been a little while, so I’m not sure what caused my modules to be – instead of _. Either way, both my Gentoo and Linux Mint installs use _, so I am going to assume that’s the standard. Will edit the article to reflect that, thanks!

By: rwmcfa1 Sun, 13 Apr 2014 00:06:00 +0000 not sure whether it matters or not, but the kernel driver was showing as “snd_hda_intel” for me rather than snd-hda-intel and all of the other modules in blacklist.conf used _ over – as well. after adding that it worked flawlessly. thanks!

By: Rob Williams Tue, 03 Dec 2013 04:35:00 +0000 “HDMI audio in Linux is garbage, and we all know it.”

I have heard that. To be honest, I’ve never had to deal with it… except to disable it.

I agree almost entirely with everything you wrote here, but this article isn’t about USING HDMI, it’s about disabling it at the kernel level because it tends to take precedance over the audio solution you WANT to use. This isn’t so much an issue with a distro that manages things for you very well, but if you use a more hands-on distro or happen to run into an issue, this guide is relevant.

That said, this guide is out-of-date a little bit at this point since the kernel changed some of its options around.

By: bladerunner6978 Mon, 02 Dec 2013 15:44:00 +0000 “…the HDMI audio chip built into NVIDIA’s GeForce…”,

AND ATI’s Radeon HD* cards are ABSOLUTE shite !!! HDMI audio in Linux is garbage, and we all know it.

Instead, I ALWAYS disable these utterly uselss non-standard hdmi-crap.
And i’m talking 2013 here ?! -can you imagine, and even after ALL these
years Linux still can’t get this “audio” thing together. (or even
Printer’s -:LoL).
Pick your MB maker, I don’t care if it’s asus,
gigabyte,… they ALL stick crappy audio-chips onto their MB’s -because,
they don’t care -as long as it works in Windoze, that’s all that
matters to these guys -even to this day.

…comon’ we ALL (Linux-User’s) know full well about that sad truth.

Anyway, it doesn’t matter whether it’s ALSA (which I find much better,
and more configuravble), Or Pulseaudio. -It all has to do with this crap
passed-off HDMI audio chip junk.

You’re best and permanent
headache-free option in Linux, is (junk that HDMI cable first), then
simply use a good quality DVI-D (dual-link) cable, and yes, there’s a
reason why “EVERY” (good-quality) Video card STILL uses DVI-D (dual-link
capablilty). -just ask any “Professional” Videographer,…

thing is, do NOT use any of these On-Board Motherboard audio chips
either – they are just cheap quality crap, “disable” them in uefi/bios.

, invest in your favourite “AUDIO-Card”- PCI, and/or PCI-Express, or
even a good external USB Audio peripheral, will make a world of

And I do mean the older the better, (avoid
plug-n-pray crap), why?, because, I’m telling you, second to the crap
hdmi-audio-chips, the on-board Motherboard audio chips are just as bad,
if not worse, and the Intel HDA seems to be a purposeful mess within
Linux ?!

Ok, so sure, you’ll need an extra audio patch
cable,…, but that’s it. -anything is better than beating yourself up
fighting over this HDMI Audio/Video mess, in Linux.

In the end,
with a separate Sound Card, DVI-D (instead of HDMI-cable), and separate
Audio cable, you will be rewarded with a much better Audio/Video
experience, and performance, in Linux, most especially, if you’re making
an HTPC build.

There will be NO solution regarding this hdmi
audio mess in Linux, until some very-much-needed changes start happening
between these (Upstream) PC-Motherboard Hardware manufacturers’, AND
the Upstream Linux Development Communities.

In other words,
complain to Asus, complain to MSI, complain to Gigabyte, complain
to….. It is, afterall, THEM, that have to start building more
Linux-friendly hardware devices for us all. !


By: Rob Williams Fri, 03 May 2013 04:39:00 +0000 If it can work for a slacker, it can work for anyone! Glad it worked ;-)

By: slacker Fri, 03 May 2013 04:34:00 +0000 Thanks much! The blacklist method worked flawlessly for me with newly installed Slackware 14.