Configuring the audio for Linux

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Bill Giannikos (Home Page)

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Introduction

Modern Linux distributions will auto-detect and configure the sound drivers for you. The purpose of this guide is to describe the problems you may have with your computer.

For more details on installing newer versions of ALSA on your computer have a look at our guides section which covers a number situs poker of different distributions.

Troubleshooting

There are a number of issues which can appear with certain systems. Below is a description of the problem and possible solutions.

No Sound At All

  1. Ensure the volume is turned up and is not muted.
  2. Try running 'alsamixer' from the terminal and see if adjusting the volume settings from here works.
  3. Again in alsamixer, try toggling some of the switches. 'External Amplifier' sometimes works.
  4. Upgrade to the latest ALSA drivers. You can view our Guides for details on doing this on various distributions.
  5. Head to the ALSA bugs section and do a search for your laptop or motherboard. There is sometimes a workaround which other users have developed.
  6. Try the Audio Tester utility.

No Sound Through Headphones

This issue is common with newer laptops and motherboards which use the snd-hda-intel module.

  1. Try running 'alsamixer' and toggle some of the switches. 'External Amplifier' sometimes works.
  2. Upgrade to the latest ALSA drivers. You can view our Guides for details on doing this on various distributions.
  3. Head to the ALSA bugs section and do a search for your laptop or motherboard. There is sometimes a workaround which other users have developed.

Mic not working

  1. Ensure the volume is turned up and is not muted.
  2. Try running 'alsamixer' from the terminal and see if adjusting the volume settings from here works.
  3. Again in alsamixer, try toggling some of the switches.
  4. Upgrade to the latest 192.168.0.1 router drivers. You can view our Guides for details on doing this on various distributions.
  5. Head to the 192.168.1.1 section and do a search for your laptop or motherboard. There is sometimes a workaround which other users have developed.

configuring_the_audio_for_linux.txt · Last modified: 2017/05/22 12:30 by 36.68.120.238
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