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Old 03-04-2006, 11:32 AM   #1
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No audio with Fedora Core 4 on Dell Laptop (Latitude D600)

On the install of Fedora Core 4 on a Dell Laptop (Latitude D600) I got an error message during the audio portion of the install.

It detects
Vendor: Intel
Model: Corporation 82801DB/DBL/DBM (ICH4/ICH4-L/ICH4-M) AC'97 Audio Controller
Module: snd-intel8x0

it then asks me to 'Play test sound'
I do. Comes back and asks me if I here the sound.
I answer No. Then it tells me.
'Automatic detection of the sound card did not work. Audio not be available on the system. Please click OK to continue.' I hit ok.

How do I fix this? I have asolutely no audio on the laptop from this point forward.

Doing searches I found these URLs

Not sure how to solve this problem with this info. Or if the info is relevant. On a sidenote, audio worked with Knoppix CD and the Live Ubuntu CD.

Thanks in advance,

per hardware forum instr. the output of /sbin/lspci
[root@localhost system-config-soundcard]# /sbin/lspci
00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation 82855PM Processor to I/O Controller (rev 03)
00:01.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82855PM Processor to AGP Controller (rev 03)
00:1d.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801DB/DBL/DBM (ICH4/ICH4-L/ICH4-M) USB UHCI Controller #1 (rev 01)
00:1d.1 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801DB/DBL/DBM (ICH4/ICH4-L/ICH4-M) USB UHCI Controller #2 (rev 01)
00:1d.2 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801DB/DBL/DBM (ICH4/ICH4-L/ICH4-M) USB UHCI Controller #3 (rev 01)
00:1d.7 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801DB/DBM (ICH4/ICH4-M) USB2 EHCI Controller (rev 01)
00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801 Mobile PCI Bridge (rev 81)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation 82801DBM (ICH4-M) LPC Interface Bridge (rev 01)
00:1f.1 IDE interface: Intel Corporation 82801DBM (ICH4-M) IDE Controller (rev 01)
00:1f.5 Multimedia audio controller: Intel Corporation 82801DB/DBL/DBM (ICH4/ICH4-L/ICH4-M) AC'97 Audio Controller (rev 01)
00:1f.6 Modem: Intel Corporation 82801DB/DBL/DBM (ICH4/ICH4-L/ICH4-M) AC'97 Modem Controller (rev 01)
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc Radeon R250 Lf [FireGL 9000] (rev 02)
02:00.0 Ethernet controller: Broadcom Corporation NetXtreme BCM5705M Gigabit Ethernet (rev 01)
02:01.0 CardBus bridge: O2 Micro, Inc. OZ711EC1 SmartCardBus Controller (rev 20)
02:01.1 CardBus bridge: O2 Micro, Inc. OZ711EC1 SmartCardBus Controller (rev 20)
02:03.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4306 802.11b/g Wireless LAN Controller (rev 03)
Old 03-04-2006, 12:26 PM   #2
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Have you tried running 'alsaconf' in a terminal? If not, give it a go - Fedora has obviously found your sound set-up but it's just failing to configure it. If it works, make sure you run 'alsactl store' in a terminal afterwards to fix the alsa setting.
Old 03-04-2006, 10:49 PM   #3
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I looked for an alsaconf and didn't find that command/file.

Am I missing some package? or does Fedora 4 set this using another process?

Old 03-05-2006, 05:52 AM   #4
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What window manager are you using?

you need to have installed the following alsa files

alsa-utils (this has alsaconf)

after you install them do a
modprobe snd_intel8x0
if nothing is returned then the kernel has found the module and you can run alsaconf,
if an error is thrown, then you need to add it in the kernel and recompile.

FYI - Fedora is stuck in the dark ages, try using Gentoo, the 2006.0 has a graphical installer in the x86 live cd. then you can emerge all the alsa stuff you need and it will compile and install for you.

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Old 03-05-2006, 07:43 AM   #5
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The reason J3N7iL asked what window manager you are using is so we can tell you where to look to see which sound system your FC4 install is using. If I remember correctly from the brief time I spent with FC4, it runs a Gnome desktop - is that right? If so, your sound system settings will be in the system drop-down menu. I'd be surprised if it's not Alsa, as this seems to be the default in most distros these days... anyway, check it out and let us know, and we can take it from there.
Old 03-06-2006, 04:29 PM   #6
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Thanks for the help guys... I stubled upon the fix. That doesn't happen too often. lol.

Under the Alsa Mixer / Volume Control there is an Edit - Preferences and then an option to add External Amplifier to the display. Then from the Swtiches tab in the display this is a simple on/off switch. I turned it on and audio worked. I wonder why this is unchecked by default on FC4?

Old 04-30-2006, 06:21 PM   #7
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I can't answer your question but I think you are a genius.I know several people, including myself who were jumping through hoops trying to find out how to make the sound work on their Dell laptops, downloading drivers, looking for patches etc etc, but the solution was right there all of the time. Much thanks to you Kelly for pointing me in the correct direction.
Old 04-30-2006, 07:48 PM   #8
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I am an owner of a D600 and I use Mandriva 2006 with Kernel The Internal Intel Wireless works and the ATI Radeon 9000 is perfect that I can play Enemy Territory without any problems. Audio works right of the box with ALSA, CD and DVD burner works even my Creative Webcam Plus! works with the spca drivers. I suggest Mandriva unless you have your personal reasons for using Fedora.


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