I started installing Linux on my Dell Studio 1555 as soon as I got it and checked that everything was alright. I installed OpenSUSE 11.1 initially. I had issues with installing drivers for my ATI Mobility Radeon HD4570. The OpenSUSE wiki said that its drivers had no Linux version. I tried different methods but the drivers just refused to work. Actually the problem is that ATI is gradually making its drivers open source and getting rid of the proprietary drivers. I was on the verge of believing that I had no option but to wait for the release of the Linux drivers and use Windows till then. That was a very bad feeling. Then I thought about giving Ubuntu a try. The proprietary FGLRX driver worked perfectly well with Ubuntu.
I installed Ubuntu and everything seemed to be alright initially. After a while, I realized that there was a problem with sound. In fact, I was getting no sound. I searched the Ubuntu forums and found a simple solution to the issue. Here’s how to solve the no-sound problem in Ubuntu on Dell Studio.
You just need to edit the alsa-base.conf file. To do that run this command in the terminal-
sudo gedit /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base.conf
Then add this line to the file-
options snd-hda-intel model=dell-m6
Save the file and restart your laptop. This should solve the problem. You should start getting sound now.
12 Replies to “Ubuntu Sound Problems on Dell Studio”
I recommend you mail takashi iwai (email@example.com), who is an alsa-driver maintainer and ask him to add your sound card’s PCI ID to the dell-m6 model list in patch_realtek.c so that it is loaded by default without you physically having to force the model name in future versions of the linux kernel.
Thanks for the information.
Thank you, Naman, for a great post. I installed Ubuntu 9.04 on my Dell laptop Studio 1555 and got no sound. I searched the website but could not find anything helpful. I almost pulled my hair out, then I found your post. It worked when I added the options line to the alsa-base.conf file.
Glad to help 🙂
Did what was suggested. Still did not get any soundQQ
What’s your laptop model?
I am facing similar problem on my Dell Studio 1450 and the dell-m6 trick does not solve my problem. I have been googling like hell for past two months and switching distros with the hope that atleast one might work but all in vain.
can you guide me through?
If the dell-m6 trick didn’t work, I’m afraid, I can’t help you in any other way.
I got it working .. used oss .. instead of alsa… but no mater whether you plug in a jack or not.. the speakers of my laptop keep working ..
hope I will be able to figure this out in a week or two 🙂
thanks for your response
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