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Old 05-16-2010, 07:29 AM   #1
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headphones won't work in Linux Mint Helena

I have a dual boot Linux setup with Linux Mint Helena on one partition and windows 7 on the other. When I plug my headphones into my laptop jack in windows 7 the headphones work, but not while in Linux Mint. I'm using a HP dv7 laptop. I've used many alsa mixers to no avail. I've read something about editing the alsa file. Any ideas?
Old 05-16-2010, 09:43 PM   #2
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Do you get sound normally? I've noticed that Mint sometimes loads up with the sound in a muted state.
Old 05-17-2010, 05:43 AM   #3
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The sound is normal except I don't get any sound when I plug in the headphones. Sometimes I lose sound, but I haven't been able to hear any audio from my headphone while in Linux Mint. No problem in windows.

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Old 06-02-2010, 10:40 AM   #4
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headphones won't work in Linux Mint Helena


I had the same problem for me with a laptop Dell Studio with Intel i5 and Pulse.
I could resolve it as following:

Did a sudo gedit /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base, and added the following line to the file:
options snd-hda-intel model=dell-m6

Thanks to this thread

PS: i m wondering why this old problem in Mint is still not resolved...


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Old 06-04-2010, 02:10 PM   #5
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I typed sudo gedit /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base and got a seperate window with alsa base in the left hand corner. I selected open and then selected alsa.base.conf. Is this the correct file? If it is since my laptop is a hp would I simply replace dell with hp? Do I also keep the m6?
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You want to use sudo gedit /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base.conf to bring up the config file. Then at the bottom put in what he said but show your model as hp-dv5 (that's what worked for me with the same problem on my HP laptop).
Old 06-18-2010, 12:30 PM   #7
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I'm using a HP Pavillion dv7 notebook PC so I put dv7 instead of dv5 so this line (options snd-hda-intel model=hp-dv7) has been added to alsa-base.conf.
Since I've done this, I'm still not getting any sound from my headphones. I do get sound from my headphones when I'm using windows 7 What have I done wrong. Here is what my alsa base conf looks like:

# autoloader aliases
install sound-slot-0 /sbin/modprobe snd-card-0
install sound-slot-1 /sbin/modprobe snd-card-1
install sound-slot-2 /sbin/modprobe snd-card-2
install sound-slot-3 /sbin/modprobe snd-card-3
install sound-slot-4 /sbin/modprobe snd-card-4
install sound-slot-5 /sbin/modprobe snd-card-5
install sound-slot-6 /sbin/modprobe snd-card-6
install sound-slot-7 /sbin/modprobe snd-card-7

# Cause optional modules to be loaded above generic modules
install snd /sbin/modprobe --ignore-install snd $CMDLINE_OPTS && { /sbin/modprobe --quiet --use-blacklist snd-ioctl32 ; /sbin/modprobe --quiet --use-blacklist snd-seq ; }
# Workaround at bug #499695 (reverted in Ubuntu see LP #319505)
install snd-pcm /sbin/modprobe --ignore-install snd-pcm $CMDLINE_OPTS && { /sbin/modprobe --quiet --use-blacklist snd-pcm-oss ; : ; }
install snd-mixer /sbin/modprobe --ignore-install snd-mixer $CMDLINE_OPTS && { /sbin/modprobe --quiet --use-blacklist snd-mixer-oss ; : ; }
install snd-seq /sbin/modprobe --ignore-install snd-seq $CMDLINE_OPTS && { /sbin/modprobe --quiet --use-blacklist snd-seq-midi ; /sbin/modprobe --quiet --use-blacklist snd-seq-oss ; : ; }
install snd-rawmidi /sbin/modprobe --ignore-install snd-rawmidi $CMDLINE_OPTS && { /sbin/modprobe --quiet --use-blacklist snd-seq-midi ; : ; }
# Cause optional modules to be loaded above sound card driver modules
install snd-emu10k1 /sbin/modprobe --ignore-install snd-emu10k1 $CMDLINE_OPTS && { /sbin/modprobe --quiet --use-blacklist snd-emu10k1-synth ; }
install snd-via82xx /sbin/modprobe --ignore-install snd-via82xx $CMDLINE_OPTS && { /sbin/modprobe --quiet --use-blacklist snd-seq ; }

# Load saa7134-alsa instead of saa7134 (which gets dragged in by it anyway)
install saa7134 /sbin/modprobe --ignore-install saa7134 $CMDLINE_OPTS && { /sbin/modprobe --quiet --use-blacklist saa7134-alsa ; : ; }
# Prevent abnormal drivers from grabbing index 0
options bt87x index=-2
options cx88_alsa index=-2
options saa7134-alsa index=-2
options snd-atiixp-modem index=-2
options snd-intel8x0m index=-2
options snd-via82xx-modem index=-2
options snd-usb-audio index=-2
options snd-usb-us122l index=-2
options snd-usb-usx2y index=-2
options snd-usb-caiaq index=-2
options snd-hda-intel model=hp-dv7
# Ubuntu #62691, enable MPU for snd-cmipci
options snd-cmipci mpu_port=0x330 fm_port=0x388
# Keep snd-pcsp from being loaded as first soundcard
options snd-pcsp index=-2
# Power down HDA controllers after 10 idle seconds
#options snd-hda-intel power_save=10 power_save_controller=N
Old 12-27-2010, 03:49 PM   #8
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often time laptops have small lil problems like this with linux installs. I use mint julia64 and my video card dosent produce sound have to use the integrated sound card or the audio jack to hear sound.


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