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Old 10-06-2006, 07:06 PM   #1
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quiet sound on hp dv5000t


Hey everyone,

So I've been using Ubuntu Dapper on my Hp dv5000t laptop for the last month or so. I've gotten just about everything working so far. My problem is that all types of sound coming from my computer (system bells, game effects, movies, mp3's) is way too quiet. Whether the sound is coming out of my laptop speakers, or my surround sound system is plugged into the headphone jack, I have to have the volume at full blast just to hear anything. Granted, with the surround sound system at full volume PLUS my laptop at full volume I can listen to a movie and understand everything.
My laptop dual-boots into windows, and in windows the sound is QUITE loud (this system has altec lansing speakers and sounds great). Is this a driver issue, or is there a program I can download to boost my output? any help will be greatly appreciated, thanks!

EDIT - Note, on one occassion I had full sound capabilites... I had hibernated my laptop in Linux, and then resumed it. When It came back on, full sound! that has only happened once out of the 5 or some times I've actually hibernated my machine (hibernate sometimes freezes the laptop).

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Old 10-07-2006, 01:50 AM   #2
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Unfortunately, the dv5000t runs a stock commodity Intel 82801G sound card. It's crap hardware with the Altec Lansing brand name, so don't expect truly high quality sound

Make sure you are using the latest stable ALSA driver and you have the latest userland tools--older versions have a tendancy to produce scratchy or overly-treble sound.

Also, run "alsamixer" from the terminal. You should turn both the main and PCM volume levels up to about 90 (100 will distort the sound--too much bass) for best results.

Did you get the multimedia cardreader working? If so, then how?
 
Old 10-07-2006, 10:01 AM   #3
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alsamixer showed both Master and PCM volume levels at 100%.

I have done apt-get update & upgrade, and it shows I have the 1.0.10 ALSA driver (1.0.13 is available on www.alsa-project.org). However, 13 doesn't seem available as an .deb package (I'd rather try to install it via apt, instead of recompiling my kernel or such other tomfoolery. Sound *works* as of now, and I don't want to end up with a broken system because I didn't know what I was doing.) Does anyone know of a repository that has the latest ALSA driver on it? Also, I did a apt-cache search for userland tools, don't quite know if I have them or not as I couldn't find them.

Sorry, I don't have any multimedia cards to try out with my card reader, so I am unsure if that works or not.

Basically, if anyone can point me to a guide or repository to install the 1.0.13 drivers, I'll give it a try. If not I guess I'll have to live with my sound problems. Thanks everyone
 
Old 10-07-2006, 02:11 PM   #4
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Alsa is currently aware of the issue. For more info, check out this thread:

http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...d.php?t=473668

I hope that a partial fix will be in the 1.0.14 release.

Eric
 
Old 10-08-2006, 02:42 AM   #5
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1. Get the module-assistant and the linux-headers package for Ubuntu (sudo apt-get install module-assistant linux-headers-`uname -r`)
2. Download ALSA's latest stable source tarball
3. Put it in /usr/src and decompress (i.e. sudo mv ~/Desktop/alsa-driver-1.0.13.tar.bz2 /usr/src && cd /usr/src && sudo tar xjvf alsa-driver-1.0.13.tar.bz2)
4. Run module-assistant as root and follow the instructions.

This will compile the ALSA driver from source and turn it into a .deb package for you to install.
 
  


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