Inspiron 530 - no sound

Charles Cossé ccosse at
Wed Dec 30 11:41:35 CST 2009

Maybe try doing an lsmod to see if you have sound modules loaded.  If not,
then you must have support compiled into the kernel, so you could check
output from dmsg to confirm if yes/no on that.

On Wed, Dec 30, 2009 at 10:38 AM, Dilton McGowan II <diltonm at>wrote:

> First, any driver issues on any Linux are not a Linux problem but a
> manufacturer problem.
> I'd try running in a terminal "alsamixer", install it if not already
> there. Make sure there are no settings there causing an issue like a
> muted audio setting.
> Check the Ubuntu forums for Pulseaudio issues, not sure if Gentoo uses
> that now, never used Gentoo, don't plan to.
> A quick Google found this:
> Apparently there are issues with the XP drivers too:
> Last but not least if the sound hardware is not supported properly I'd
> complain to the manufacturer and buy a competitor's product like Sound
> Blaster so your fall back plan sounds good.
> Good luck.
> On Wed, 2009-12-30 at 10:55 -0600, Greg Trigg wrote:
> > It's a long standing tradition to have sound problems on a Linux
> > computer.  My 530 used to have perfect sound, but now the only sound I
> > can get out of the speakers is the system bell.  I got tired of Ubuntu
> > and installed Gentoo on it as well.  I have a dual boot and neither
> > distro has working sound.  I'm wondering if this could be a hardware
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