Sound problems

George Farris farrisg at
Thu Aug 23 22:58:42 UTC 2007

On Thu, 2007-23-08 at 23:22 +0100, Chris Warburton wrote:
> Hi all, I've just installed the latest batch of Gutsy updates, including
> the new kernel update, and rebooted. Now when I plug my headphones into
> my laptop the speakers stay on so sound can be heard through the
> headphones and the speakers, kind of defeating the point of headphones.
> Looking in the volume control in GNOME (double clicking the panel
> applet) shows PCM like usual, but also Speaker and Headphone. Both of
> these new controls affect both the speakers and headphones, so the
> speakers cannot be turned down and the headphones turned up, either
> sound only comes from the speakers (no headphones plugged in), sound
> comes out of both (headphones plugged in) or sound comes out of neither
> (mute), I can't listen to things privately anymore. Now, I am pretty
> sure this is a bug, since my laptop's audio hardware doesn't play very
> nicely with Linux (using a microphone is a lost cause), but I don't know
> what to file a bug against, is it in the kernel, some ALSA package,
> Gstreamer, Gnome volume control, etc.?
> So, is anyone else having this problem and know of the cause/an already
> filed bug, or does anyone know what package/s might be responsible, or
> does anyone know how I can see what updates have been installed along
> with their changelogs?

I hope this is just a bug.  With Feisty M-Audio 2496 cards can't be
used, worked in both Dapper and Edgy, switching cards in the GNOME
preferences requires a reboot in a word it was/is a mess and many people
I know personally complained to me about it.

I'll try install Gusty over the weekend and see if there is any change
in this situation.

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