Archive for January, 2008

Sound support on Zepto Znote 6324w

30 January, 2008

I recently bought a laptop, of the make mentioned in the heading, and installed opensuse 10.3 on it (I can’t quite remember if I had opensuse 10.2 installed first, but that’s beside the point).

I pretty much succeeded in getting things to work, the wireless LAN required the intel drivers, which were not included in the install at that time, but downloading and compiling the drivers went smoothly, so in no time I had wireless networking working with knetworkmanager supporting it, and connecting to open WLAN’s WEP protected WLAN’s, and my home WLAN which runs WPA.

Bluetooth also worked, and I tried connecting to my Mobile phone (That’s Cell phone for americans), and downloaded a couple of pictures I had taken with it. The mobile phone is a Nokia 6310i by the way.

But no sound.

And even though I found lots of discussion,especially on ubuntu fora, about sound with hdaudio from intel, I was not able to get it working even though I upgraded to the latest version of ALSA.

Very recently though I found a forum, where a guy with the signature “oldcpu” guided someone else through a step by step test and config of the sound configuration, and following his suggestions I soon had sound working.

So here is my setup (I gave up getting yast to configure sound for me, and manually edited the file instead):

This is the content of my /etc/modprobe.d/sound:

options snd-hda-intel model=toshiba
alias snd-card-0 snd-hda-intel
alias sound-slot-0 snd-hda-intel
I haven’t experimented with it at all since it started working, but I think the “toshiba” option was the trick for me.

Other than that, I have ALSA 1.0.15 driver and tools, manually installed and compiled. But since then yast has upgraded the driver to ALSA 1.0.15 as well, and it still works. But yast breaks sound for me, and so does alsaconfig.

A very good test for me while testing the options in the file above was this (also suggested by “oldcpu”):

speaker-test -c2 ddefault -twav

Suddenly the speakers were saying: “front left”, “front right”, and so forth endlessly until i killed it with ctrl-c

So If anyone else is having trouble with this, I hope the above gave you some inspiration about how to get sound support working on your laptop.