Sound control not accurate

Hi… I’m relatively new to linux, using opensuse 11.0 on a Dell XPS M1530 laptop. I’ve managed to install all the drivers and everything is working smoothly, except for the sound control. When i decrease the volume by 25%, the sound goes off completely. Please help me guys.

I have a sigmatel audio device, using ALSA drivers or whatever…

Thanks in advance

Its possible you may need to write a bug report on this, but it does not hurt to research this a bit more first for a couple of reasons (IMHO).

  • by researching you may find a solution, and
  • by researching you can provide better information to include the bug report, to improve the chances that the developers (who likely do NOT have your hardware) will be able to deduce the problem and implement a fix.

For a bug report to succeed (and indeed any help) you really need to try hard to be precise. Most of us don’t have the nice laptop you have, and so “whatever” is a bit difficult for us to deduce what you have in place.

In my case, I just purchased a Dell Studio 15 laptop (the VERY NICE Dell XPS M1530 was outside my budget, and I was worried 'bout the graphics) and with the Dell Studio 15 I have some audio problems that need to be sorted wrt the headset behaviour (I’m likely going to write both an openSUSE and also an ALSA bug report on the different audio problem I encountered).

Note it is most likely you have alsa as your audio driver (unless you made a deliberate effort to install OSS, and you would know if you did that). There is some openSUSE sound concept info here: Sound-concepts - openSUSE

Anyway, some specifics to help get more information …

to provide more information, with your PC connected to the internet copy and paste the following into a gnome-terminal / konsole:

wget -O && su -c 'bash ./tsalsa' 

when prompted for a password please enter your root password. Please try to accurately answer the question on the number of plugs/jacks on your PC (for example my PC has 3 i/o plugs/jacks). When the script completes it will pass you a URL. Please post that URL here.

Also, please copy and paste the following into a gnome-terminal/konsole and post the output here.rpm -qa | grep alsa
rpm -qa | grep pulse
rpm -q libasound2
uname -a
cat /etc/modprobe.d/sound

Also, please advise if you are using KDE-3.5.9, or KDE-4.0.4 or Gnome. It may help also if you advise what application gives you this sound effect, and does it also happen with other applications?

Maybe also specify what mixer you are using to adjust the volume. What control on the mixer are you using to adjust the volume?

With that information, YOU will be able to write a good bug report, and by posting that information here, someone who has an identical or very similar configuration wrt the audio codec “may” be able to offer you a solution.

openSUSE bug reports: Submitting Bug Reports - openSUSE

alsa bug reports:

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