I had the same problem with my inspiron 1720.
Perhaps you resolved it but anyway ... It is easy to solve the problem, just clic on KMix icon, it is the speaker one, then clic on with right mouse button, select "show mixer window", clic on input label and push down the first Mux level. I think it would help you.
I have one question, did your inspiron detect your upper screen webcam? i cann't make it works ...
Originally Posted by rakitsa
I have installed Mandriva-2008 powerpack on my new laptop Dell Inspiron 1720 (Intel Core2Duo T7500 2.2GHz, 4Gb RAM, GeForce 8600M GT, two harddrives: 2X250Gb).
Everything works fine, except one thing: the spekers constantly generate loud noise and the computer does not play any sound files. This is definitely a software problem because the computer works perfectly under Vista. I even cannot switch off the sound (i.e. the noise). The only way the noise can be removed is by plugging in headphones (the noise goes into them).
The noise starts during the booting process just after "starting udev".
I would very much appreciate any help or advice.