no soundcards found 9.10 upgrade on Dell studio xps

NoOp glgxg at
Thu Jan 7 17:12:00 UTC 2010

On 01/06/2010 01:17 PM, Ron Burns wrote:
> Barry Premeaux wrote:
>> Have you tried reinstalling the 'linux-sound-base' package?  I'm
>> showing ver 1.0.20+* installed.  I'm running 9.10 here as well.
>> Barry
> I checked this and reinstalled  it.  I saw this in the alsa-base 
> description:
> For ALSA to work on a system with a given sound card,
> there must be an ALSA driver for that card in the kernel.
> At wits end here I was able to get thru to ubuntu (paid) support and 
> they are aware of this problem and apparently the Dell XPS driver is not 
> in the current kernel (a bug in the build). I was advised to wait until 
> there is new kernel build and release and then do an update.
> I want to thank you all for all the help.

Something doesn't sound right (no pun intended):

alsa-utils (1.0.20-1ubuntu1) karmic; urgency=low
- Set sane level for headphone 1 for Dell Studio XPS with 2.6.30.

That indicates that sound _should_ be working with your Dell Studio XPS.

Have a look through:

And this one indicates some sound problems, but the sound card is detected:
[No sound for Dell Studio XPS 1640 laptop]

So it sounds as if (again no pun intended) that you may have other
issues if your sound card is not being detected at all.

>From a terminal:

$ sudo lshw > lswh_mydell.txt

now open the lswh_mydell.txt file in gedit:

$ gedit lswh_mydell.txt

and see if you can spot the sound device there. BTW: save that file
someplace for your reference & records. When you change hardware run
another & name it appropriately so you have a record of the changes.

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