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Long time linux user, first time posting. At work, a coworker couldn't get this little laptop working, so I threw Slackware 14 on it just for fun. Lo and behold, I really like this little Toshiba Portege R200. The only problem I am having is that I can't get sound to work out through the speakers. I've seen others with this issue online, but from what I can tell, I've exhausted my options. So here we go:
Problem: Sound plays just fine through the headphones, but will not play through the internal speaker.
Hardware: Stock Toshiba Portege R200
Software: Slackware 14
Window Manager: KDE
The sound module is loaded into the kernel correctly from what I can tell. alsamixer displays the soundcard as:
Card: Intel ICH6
Module: Analog Devices AD1981B
I've read some people having problem with the headphone autosense, but I have the same performance on either setting. As well, it doesn't matter what my privilege level is, if I'm logged in as my normal user or root, the problem is the same.
If the headphones are unplugged, no sound is made at all... That's the crux of my issue. All the sound works just fine through the headphone jack, but when a headphone is unplugged, there is no sound routed to the built-in speakers.
The modules that are installed look correct, right?
When using alsamixer, the normal bars come up. By default, Jack Sense is off. It doesn't seem to matter if it is on or off. Is there something I should be looking for?
Here's some of the previous work I've looked at to try and get this to work:
I'm pretty sure this is not a hardware issue. When it was running Windows, the speaker worked...
I saw in some of the articles listed above, that some people have tried a force-reload to get the sound to work. Also some say that the jack sense needs to be turned off. What do you think of the following?
The AC97 audio chipset works well with ALSA. However after ALSA is configured via alsaconf, "Line Jack Sense" and "Headphone Jack Sense" must be turned off or the internal speaker will not work. This can be accomplished via alsamixer.
The following Sound related kernel modules are needed for audio support:
Sound card support
Advanced Linux Sound Architecture
Sequencer dummy client
OSS Mixer API
OSS PCM (digital audio) API
OSS Sequencer API
RTC Timer support
Dummy (/dev/null) soundcard
Virtual MIDI soundcard
MOTU MidiTimePiece AV multiport MIDI
UART16550 serial MIDI driver
Generic MPU-401 UART driver
Intel/SiS/nVidia/AMD/ALi AC97 Controller
Just to clarify what I see in alsamixer: F5 gives me all my output and input devices on the screen with sliders, mute, etc. F2 gives me a list of files with a variety of what looks to be hardware addresses, flags, or settings.
I left my machine at home today, so I'll have to post the output of asound.state when I get off of work. I've been using slackware since 1998 and have usually had no problem with the sound, so I guess I get to use this as a learning opportunity!
PLease remember, I just installed Slackware 14 on this puppy, so it's running kernel version 3.2.29-smp. I don't know if this affects the sound modules or not.