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Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Audio Driver -- Out of the box, the default Ubuntu 8.04.1 install on everex leaves you without functioning microphones or headphone jack sensing. Follow the steps below and you should be able to get them working without too much trouble.


  1. Open a terminal window and type:

    sudo apt-get install build-essential
    This will ensure you have the tools to compile your new sound architecture. Leave it open, you'll need it again soon.
  2. Open up your web browser and download the latest ALSA Development Release (alsa-driver-1.0.17) from the ALSA Project. Save it to the desktop.

  3. Back in the terminal, type:

    cd ~/Desktop
    cd alsa*
    ./configure --with-cards=hda-intel
    make
    sudo make install
  4. The sound drivers install to the wrong place, so next you'll type the following commands. If you're using a different version of the kernel, put that in place of 2.6.24-19-generic:

    cd /lib/modules/2.6.24-19-generic
    sudo cp -a kernel/sound/* ubuntu/sound/alsa-driver/
  5. Finally, you'll have to tell the system to use the new drivers. In terminal, type:

    sudo gedit /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base

    This will bring up a text editor. Scroll to the bottom of the file and add the line:

    options snd-hda-intel model=laptop
  6. Reboot. Your sound should work from this point on. You can configure your input levels if you'd like, using the command line program alsamixer.

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