Inspiron 530 - no sound

O. Sinclair o.sinclair at gmail.com
Thu Dec 31 00:58:23 CST 2009


What I would do first of all would be to boot from a liveCD with some 
distro, say the latest Ubuntu or Kubuntu or perhaps Fedora. If sound 
works from the liveCD then it is the installation that is the problem, 
if not then you likely have a hardware problem.

Regards,
Sinclair

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
> problem, but I do get the system bell and the volume of it goes up and
> down with the mixer slider.  I think I have all of the proper kernel
> modules installed.  I'm about to cannibalize my daughters computer for
> her soundblaster card since she keeps complaining about the need to fix
> the sound on the Dell which is the main computer of the house.  Her's
> isn't even hooked up to a monitor.  I don't want to go through all of
> that work to reconfigure and recompile a kernel, though if I'm somehow
> able to get the on board sound working again.  I've been running Linux
> for 6 years, so I'm aware of all the obvious fixes/configurations/mixer
> settings/mute buttons/etc...
> 
> Is it possible that my motherboard is bad and the system bell audio is
> just somehow hardwired to the audio output?  Here's the relevant output
> from lspci.
> 
> 00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) HD Audio
> Controller (rev 02)
> 	Subsystem: Dell Device 020d
> 	Control: I/O- Mem+ BusMaster+ SpecCycle- MemWINV- VGASnoop- ParErr-
> Stepping- SERR- FastB2B- DisINTx-
> 	Status: Cap+ 66MHz- UDF- FastB2B- ParErr- DEVSEL=fast >TAbort- <TAbort-
> <MAbort- >SERR- <PERR- INTx-
> 	Latency: 0, Cache Line Size: 64 bytes
> 	Interrupt: pin A routed to IRQ 22
> 	Region 0: Memory at fdff4000 (64-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=16K]
> 	Capabilities: [50] Power Management version 2
> 		Flags: PMEClk- DSI- D1- D2- AuxCurrent=55mA
> PME(D0+,D1-,D2-,D3hot+,D3cold+)
> 		Status: D0 PME-Enable- DSel=0 DScale=0 PME-
> 	Capabilities: [60] Message Signalled Interrupts: Mask- 64bit+ Count=1/1
> Enable-
> 		Address: 0000000000000000  Data: 0000
> 	Capabilities: [70] Express (v1) Root Complex Integrated Endpoint, MSI 00
> 		DevCap:	MaxPayload 128 bytes, PhantFunc 0, Latency L0s <64ns, L1 <1us
> 			ExtTag- RBE- FLReset+
> 		DevCtl:	Report errors: Correctable- Non-Fatal- Fatal- Unsupported-
> 			RlxdOrd- ExtTag- PhantFunc- AuxPwr- NoSnoop+
> 			MaxPayload 128 bytes, MaxReadReq 128 bytes
> 		DevSta:	CorrErr- UncorrErr- FatalErr- UnsuppReq- AuxPwr+ TransPend-
> 		LnkCap:	Port #0, Speed unknown, Width x0, ASPM unknown, Latency L0
> <64ns, L1 <1us
> 			ClockPM- Suprise- LLActRep- BwNot-
> 		LnkCtl:	ASPM Disabled; Disabled- Retrain- CommClk-
> 			ExtSynch- ClockPM- AutWidDis- BWInt- AutBWInt-
> 		LnkSta:	Speed unknown, Width x0, TrErr- Train- SlotClk- DLActive-
> BWMgmt- ABWMgmt-
> 	Capabilities: [100] Virtual Channel <?>
> 	Capabilities: [130] Root Complex Link <?>
> 	Kernel driver in use: HDA Intel
> 	Kernel modules: snd-hda-intel
> 
> 
> Here are the relevant parts of lsmod.
> 
> snd_hda_codec_realtek   177596  1
> snd_hda_codec          48400  2 snd_hda_codec_realtek,snd_hda_intel
> snd_hwdep               5992  1 snd_hda_codec
> cx88_alsa               8896  0
> snd_pcm                50616  3 snd_hda_intel,snd_hda_codec,cx88_alsa
> cx88xx                 64248  3 cx88_alsa,cx8802,cx8800
> snd_timer              16192  1 snd_pcm
> snd                    43844  9
> snd_hda_codec_realtek,snd_hda_intel,snd_hda_codec,snd_hwdep,cx88_alsa,snd_pcm,snd_timer
> btcx_risc               3772  4 cx88_alsa,cx8802,cx8800,cx88xx
> soundcore               5140  1 snd
> snd_page_alloc          7228  2 snd_hda_intel,snd_pcm
> 
> 
> I have a Digital TV card installed as well.  I don't know if that would
> cause a conflict.  I may have to pull it to test it.
> 
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