So I've been trying to get my Waveshare 5inch LCD to work with my Raspberry Pi 3, I've gotten the drivers installed and the touch function works fantastically, but once the drivers are installed all audio drivers are just plain gone.

I have tried reloading the audio drivers with sudo modprobe snd-bcm2835 and it appears to work, but when I do a check with sudo cat /proc/asound/cards it will list no sound cards at all. Before I install the drivers for the touch screen the audio works fine.

I don't want to have to deal with buying a USB sound card to use my headphones with the Pi when there is a perfectly good 3.5mm jack I can use for that.

I am using the latest version of Raspbian Jessie that I can find to download off the Foundations website and the latest version of the LCD drivers found on the waveshare wiki linked above.

  • I just set up this very touchscreen/drivers last week, but I've never used audio. I'll test it out when I get home tonight.
    – stevieb
    Sep 9, 2016 at 14:29
  • For further analysis I would look at the boot messages (dmesg) or the syslog (cat /var/log/syslog). And grep for snd, sound, and module. Jul 24, 2018 at 7:32
  • Did you installed ALSA and Pulseaudio togather? Jul 31, 2020 at 11:30

3 Answers 3


Check for Pulseaudio and ALSA driver. If they are both installed the sound will never work on Raspbian. You have to delete Pulseaudio.


append this line:


to /boot/config.txt and reboot.

  • Have tried that numerous times, though going to try it again, but it never seems to work to let me have audio, all I still get is the speaker icon when on the desktop just having a X over it
    – Duribun
    Aug 3, 2016 at 13:26

it works.

go terminal mode.

sudo nano /boot/config.txt

add the line 'dtparam=audio=on'

ctrl x to exit press 'y' to save

press 'enter' to save 'config.txt'

type 'reboot' and enter to reboot

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    – Ghanima
    Aug 10, 2016 at 15:35

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