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Old 04-20-2007, 04:51 PM   #1
rhonaldmoses
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Unhappy Low Audio Volume in HP DV5292 HDA Intel


Hi,

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.

can someone there give me some suggestions?

Thanks in Advance.
 
Old 04-20-2007, 05:21 PM   #2
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can you open alsamixer from a terminal? make sure that all channels are raised up sufficiently (say 75%). i was going crazy for awhile, until i realized that I had my PCM channel at 0%. :-D
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Old 04-21-2007, 01:59 AM   #3
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yes

Hi,

yes, when I open alsamixer, i have just 3 items.

1. Master (97)
2. PCM (100)
3. Capture (100)

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

Thanks.
 
Old 04-21-2007, 08:00 AM   #4
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You're probably going to need the sound driver, as far as the video goes use this guide " http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...d.php?t=509097 ".
 
Old 04-21-2007, 10:40 AM   #5
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Unhappy Multimedia is not the problem

Hi Thanks for the suggestion,

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:

82801G (ICH7 Family) High Definition Audio Controller.
Fix DMA Pointer (0 = auto, 1 = none, 2 = POSBUF, 3 = FIFO size)
etc...


Well, if i have to install proper driver, where can I look for?

Thanks in advance.
 
Old 04-21-2007, 12:18 PM   #6
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I don't run alsa (use kmix) but I think the faces are about the same. You seem to be missing some controls, (speaker vol. - center - surround) (microphone - cd - line - ph - aux) plus the switches.
 
Old 04-21-2007, 01:07 PM   #7
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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.

Any suggestion where to look for the solution?

I guess this card is listed under alsa-project.org ( http://www.alsa-project.org/alsa-doc...r-Intel#matrix ).

I tried that too, it didn't work out since I was receiving 'Unknown soundcard hda-intel, exiting!' error at some stage and the compilation aborts.

This is the command i issued as it is suggested in the website

/configure --with-cards=hda-intel --with-sequencer=yes;make;make install

I know what it does, but still, I am not a pro to understand the messages.

I tried running configure first and then issue the above command and I get

make[1]: Leaving directory `/usr/src/alsa/support'
make[1]: Entering directory `/usr/src/alsa/kernel'
gcc -DALSA_BUILD -I/usr/src/linux/include -I.. -E -D__GENKSYMS__ sound.c | /sbin/genksyms > ../include/modules/sound.ver
/bin/sh: /sbin/genksyms: No such file or directory
make[1]: *** [../include/modules/sound.ver] Error 127
make[1]: Leaving directory `/usr/src/alsa/kernel'
make: *** [compile] Error 1

Can anyone explain this greek language?

Thanks in advance.
 
Old 04-21-2007, 06:59 PM   #8
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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.
 
Old 04-22-2007, 12:40 AM   #9
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Hi larry,

The following is what I got as output of the command lspci.


00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Mobile 945GM/PM/GMS/940GML and 945GT Express Memory Controller Hub (rev 03)
00:01.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation Mobile 945GM/PM/GMS/940GML and 945GT Express PCI Express Root Port (rev 03)
00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) High Definition Audio Controller (rev 01)
00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) PCI Express Port 1 (rev 01)
00:1c.1 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) PCI Express Port 2 (rev 01)
00:1c.2 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) PCI Express Port 3 (rev 01)
00:1d.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI #1 (rev 01)
00:1d.1 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI #2 (rev 01)
00:1d.2 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI #3 (rev 01)
00:1d.3 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI #4 (rev 01)
00:1d.7 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB2 EHCI Controller (rev 01)
00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801 Mobile PCI Bridge (rev e1)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation 82801GBM (ICH7-M) LPC Interface Bridge (rev 01)
00:1f.2 IDE interface: Intel Corporation 82801GBM/GHM (ICH7 Family) Serial ATA Storage Controller IDE (rev 01)
00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) SMBus Controller (rev 01)
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation GeForce Go 7400 (rev a1)
06:00.0 Network controller: Intel Corporation PRO/Wireless 3945ABG Network Connection (rev 02)
08:06.0 CardBus bridge: Texas Instruments PCIxx12 Cardbus Controller
08:06.1 FireWire (IEEE 1394): Texas Instruments PCIxx12 OHCI Compliant IEEE 1394 Host Controller
08:06.2 Mass storage controller: Texas Instruments 5-in-1 Multimedia Card Reader (SD/MMC/MS/MS PRO/xD)
08:06.3 Generic system peripheral [Class 0805]: Texas Instruments PCIxx12 SDA Standard Compliant SD Host Controller
08:08.0 Ethernet controller: Intel Corporation PRO/100 VE Network Connection (rev 01)


are you able to identify something, please let me know. if you can't, just leave it. I've heard openSuSE 10.3 comes with better support for audio devices (next gnu/linux kernel).

anyway, i will keep trying till then.

have great day, thanks for the efforts.
 
Old 05-06-2007, 01:12 AM   #10
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Hi,

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?

Thanks.
 
Old 05-06-2007, 01:35 AM   #11
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compile a new kernel

Hi,
I had also the same issue with my soundcard..

what i did was download the latest kernel version. 2.6.20 or above and recompile the kernel..
this got the problem solved..

hope it should work for u too...


regards,
rajan
 
Old 05-06-2007, 01:35 AM   #12
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Hi,

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.

Adios.
 
Old 05-06-2007, 05:17 PM   #13
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Grab the latest driver from the alsa snaphots, compile and install it. http://ftp.suse.com/pub/people/tiwai...apshot/driver/

After installing run alsaconf as root, and just accept the settings there.

You will end up with headphone ports working correctly. pcm, pcm2, speaker

The volume will increase ten fold.
 
Old 05-06-2007, 05:27 PM   #14
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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.

Adios. Thanks for all.
 
Old 05-08-2007, 02:25 AM   #15
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Quote:
Originally Posted by BruceCadieux
Grab the latest driver from the alsa snaphots, compile and install it. http://ftp.suse.com/pub/people/tiwai...apshot/driver/

After installing run alsaconf as root, and just accept the settings there.

You will end up with headphone ports working correctly. pcm, pcm2, speaker

The volume will increase ten fold.

Already done that. All that is fixed for SOME time. But like I already said, the sound reverts back to its low volume frequently. I have to install the drivers again and again.
 
  


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