The audio jack on the front panel of my HP TouchSmart IQ770 is not working correctly in Ubuntu (9.10 and 8.04). When I connect a headphone or a speaker to the jack, Ubuntu plays sound in both speakers - the default integrated speakers and the newly connected device. Vista mutes the integrated speaker and switches to the connected device, which is the behavior I'm looking for. This is not a 9.10 specific issue because I had the same issue with 8.04 too (and I couldn't solve it then).

I tried manually changing the 'Connector' option to 'Analog Headphones' (from the default 'Analog Output') in Sound Preferences|Output tab - but both the inbuilt speaker and headphones went silent.

I tried the workaround found here but it didn't work for me. I added options snd-hda-intel model=hp (tried model=auto too) to the /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base.conf but that didn't work either.

Here are some info that (I believe) might be required to understand the issue.

$cat /proc/asound/version 
Advanced Linux Sound Architecture Driver Version 1.0.20.

//among other things
00:10.1 Audio device: nVidia Corporation MCP51 High Definition Audio (rev a2)

$cat /proc/asound/cards
0 [NVidia         ]: HDA-Intel - HDA NVidia
                     HDA NVidia at 0xfbfb8000 irq 23
1 [SAA7134        ]: SAA7134 - SAA7134
                     saa7133[0] at 0xfebff800 irq 17

0 snd_hda_intel
1 saa7134_alsa

Can someone help me fix it?


After hours of Googling and dozens or reboots, I got it working with the help of this post in ubuntu forums.

The solution is simple: add the following line to the /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base.conf and reboot the machine.

options snd-hda-intel model=6stack

That line originally contained power_save, power_save_controller, position_fix and probe_mask variables along with the model variable that was set to auto. Sound did not work when I retained existing values for other variables and set model=6stack. I had to strip them off to get it working.

Hope this helps someone.

  • Actually this disables the system's inbuilt speaker no matter what - but at least I can use head phones without disturbing my colleagues. I am accepting this until someone comes up with a better solution. – Amarghosh Feb 25 '10 at 6:42

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