Enable HDMI audio on TV from your Ubuntu laptop

If you have a laptop with HDMI port,  you would probably want to channel the audio output from the TV which has a much better surround sound audio output . Unfortunately, this setting is not available out of the box for Ubuntu. You will have to install a special addon for the kernel to enable that capability. Here are the steps

  • Download the deb file for Ubuntu 14.04 LTS from this link here  and install it via cli or software centre: 

   sudo dpkg -i oem-audio-hda-daily-dkms_0.20140829~ubuntu14.04.1_all.deb 

       sudo alsa force-reload 
  • After that, select HDMI from the sound menu as shown below (for me this
    option appeared only after installing the above mentioned package)
  • Important : Once finished, before disconnecting the HDMI cable, make sure to change the output back to speakers as Google Chrome seems to lose sound output if you don’t

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