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I am running openSuSE 10.2 in my HP DV5292 EA (Model Specifications: http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c00716740&cc=uk&lc=en&dlc=en&product=3216202&dlc=en&lang=en[/url] )
I have an annoying problem with my audio device that my volume is very low in GNU/Linux compared to Windows XP (almost 1/4th of the volume). Well, I am aware that it does not come with sound card driver.
I tried couple of forums and it did improve the performance of my sound device.
I am 6 months to GNU/Linux and not a hacker or pro. I am a learning user. But I tried to solve this problem on various stages of past 6 months, but it didn't work out.
Is it because there is no proper driver? Another one thing I have noticed is that, under windows I am able to watch any video in 5.1, but that's not the case under gnu/linux. it's not able to give more than 2.1
But my problem is not with multimedia softwares. I had already enabled to play all types of multimedia files. it's just the audio volume is annoyingly low. I tried everywhere to find a solution. The sound configuration wizard in Yast gives correct description about the sound card:
Hi larry, I guess & agree with you. I miss the surround sound or 3D sound capabilities. It works like depreciated sound card. I do get high volume when I connect to my music system and raise the volume in music system.
But when I switch back to laptop speakers, I get this depreciated sound.
Sorry I'm not better help but kinda new at this myself. I take it this is a laptop and I don't know if this will work, in terminal enter lspci and then you can give us the model of sound system you have.
I've got the same sound card and the same problem. What's actually wrong is that the drivers for hda-intel that come with the openSUSE kernel do not support it fully. What you need to do is install alsa seperately. Get 1.0.14rc4. Remove all drivers from the openSUSE kernel, and install alsa. That should fix your problem. However, now I'm facing another one. Every now and then, my sound reverts to the same low volume. I have to install the alsa drivers again in order to fix the sound. Any suggestions on why this is happening?
Well, I did the same and fixed the problem. Like you I have another weird problem. Sometimes my Sound Module fails to start. About the question you asked, I haven't encountered the problem, but I will search the forms & sites for you. I am working my problem know why the sound module fails to start.
Hi Thanks for the suggestion. I believe this suggestion should work out, but I have already sorted this annoying problem by switching to Ubuntu Linux since I was not willing to experiment anymore for some short period of time. I will be back to openSuSE 10.3.