Headphone and speakers are playing @ same time

I’m a new opensuse (and linux)-user and I think it’s great! But now I’ve got a problem:
When I want to listen to music or to watch a film by using only the headphones, the speakers also play it.
I googled it and there were many people with the same problem but I couldn’t find an answer.
In the application browser I changed the settings of the sound controller. Here’s a photo:
Usually it has to work now, doesn’t it?

Is someone able to help me or does anyone of you have the same problem? And please don’t write a complicated explanation;)

(sorry for my bad English, I’m from Austria and only 14…:smiley: )

Laura, typically this happens when one’s hardware is relatively new, and one needs to either custom tune the existing alsa configuration, or one needs to update one’s driver (or it simply has not been fixed yet, and one has to write a bug report on alsa/opensuse).

Please, can you run a diagnostic script? Please with your pc connected to the internet, copy and paste the following into an xterm/konsole:

wget http://home.cfl.rr.com/infofiles/tsalsa && su -c 'bash ./tsalsa' 

when prompted for a password, enter the root password. When the script is complete it will pass you a URL. Post that URL here

Also, please copy and paste following one line at a time into an xterm/konsole and paste output here:
rpm -qa grep alsa
rpm -qa grep pulse
rpm -q libasound2
uname -a
cat /etc/modprobe.d/sound

Thank You for Your help!

This is the URL:
tsalsa.txt - nopaste.com (beta)

linux-vuvw:/home/laura # rpm -qa grep alsa

linux-vuvw:/home/laura # rpm -qa grep pulse
linux-vuvw:/home/laura # rpm -q libasound2
linux-vuvw:/home/laura # uname -a
Linux linux-vuvw #1 SMP 2008-06-28 00:00:07 +0200 i686 athlon i386 GNU/Linux
linux-vuvw:/home/laura # cat /etc/modprobe.d/sound
**options snd slots=snd-hda-intel

5Dex.V_vs2vY7aQ4:SBx00 Azalia

alias snd-card-0 snd-hda-intel**

I hope what I did is correct. Thank You again!

Hi Laura, you did it perfect, but I screwed up! :rolleyes: Can you type the following “corrected” commands and post here the output?
rpm -qa | grep alsa
rpm -qa | grep pulse

You have an “interim” kernel version with OpenSUSE-11 was released with It was updated a few times, with the latest version being The “problem” with keeping is if you ever wish to use a “build service” application that needs a specific kernel, they tend to build only for the initial kernel ( and the latest kernel (currently

You could try some updates to the /etc/modprobe.d/sound file. I note you have an MSI VR610 with an ATI_SB and an ALC883 hardware audio codec. The ALSA-Configuration.txt file offers a number of different “model options” for the ALC883: Ref: Linux Kernel Documentation :: sound : alsa : ALSA-Configuration.txt

857		ALC883/888
858		  3stack-dig	3-jack with SPDIF I/O
859		  6stack-dig	6-jack digital with SPDIF I/O
860		  3stack-6ch    3-jack 6-channel
861		  3stack-6ch-dig 3-jack 6-channel with SPDIF I/O
862		  6stack-dig-demo  6-jack digital for Intel demo board
863		  acer		Acer laptops (Travelmate 3012WTMi, Aspire 5600, etc)
864		  acer-aspire	Acer Aspire 9810
865		  medion	Medion Laptops
866		  medion-md2	Medion MD2
867		  targa-dig	Targa/MSI
868		  targa-2ch-dig	Targs/MSI with 2-channel
869		  laptop-eapd   3-jack with SPDIF I/O and EAPD (Clevo M540JE, M550JE)
870		  lenovo-101e	Lenovo 101E
871		  lenovo-nb0763	Lenovo NB0763
872		  lenovo-ms7195-dig Lenovo MS7195
873		  haier-w66	Haier W66
874		  6stack-hp	HP machines with 6stack (Nettle boards)
875		  3stack-hp	HP machines with 3stack (Lucknow, Samba boards)
876		  6stack-dell	Dell machines with 6stack (Inspiron 530)
877		  mitac		Mitac 8252D
878		  auto		auto-config reading BIOS (default) 

Hence you could try each of those model’s in turn, until you find one that works. May I suggest you start with “auto”, followed by some others. How many plugs (audio in/out jacks) on the back of your laptop? Typically there are 3 or 6.

One possible /etc/modprobe.d/sound file edit you could try is:

options snd slots=snd-hda-intel
options snd-hda-intel model=auto
# 5Dex.V_vs2vY7aQ4:SBx00 Azalia
alias snd-card-0 snd-hda-intel

save the change and restart your alsa from an xterm/konsole with root permissions with: rcalsasound restart and test your headphone/speakers. If that doesn’t work, then replace “auto” with some of the other options (restarting alsa with each attempt) such as “3stack-dig”, … etc … Note typically “3stack” refers to a PC with 3 audio plugs and “6stack” refers to a PC with 6 audio plugs. I do not know how many your PC has. Sometimes model assignments associated with another brand laptop will work with your laptop. (ie maybe “acer” or “medeon”, … etc … or another will work … its a trial and error approach).


linux-vuvw:/home/laura # rpm -qa | grep alsa

linux-vuvw:/home/laura # rpm -qa | grep pulse

How can I update my kernel version? (Sorry for my stupid questions, but I’m still having too little knowledge about linux…)

In the command line?

There are many ways to do this. Most users will be told of the kernel update by SuSE updater (in the lower right hand corner of their desktop) and use that to update their kernel. Other users will do an update by YaST > Software > Software management. Some will use zypper in a konsole to do the update. Others will use a different software manager, such as Smart Software Package Manager. Some will even install the new kernel and keep the old kernel, and they do that by first downloading the kernel rpmto their hard drive, and they update the kernel by rpm command: "rpm -ivh kernel-<their-kernel-version.rpm>

In all cases, before doing a kernel update, I recommend 1st backing up one’s /boot/grub/menu.lst file, … and then after the kernel update is in place, BEFORE rebooting check the new /boot/grub/menu.lst file, against the old /boot/grub/menu.lst file, compare the two, and make certain the changes make sence. And only then reboot.

Some basic openSUSE concepts: Concepts - openSUSE

In an xterm/konsole, as I noted in my post. If you are a gnome user it will be an xterm, and if you are a KDE user it will be a konsole.

If you do not know what those are, please advise.