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VE3NM
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No sound linux mint cinnamon 19.3

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Just installed Linux Mint Cinnamon 19.3 on my old Windows XP machine. Everything appeared to install properly (no error messages); able to install all updates no problem, etc. etc. etc. .... but no sound, either system sounds or anything coming out of the speakers. Tried all the suggestions as posted by MrEen, but nothing seemed to work ... bear in mind I know nothing about Linux OS. Here is the inxi _Frxz and aplay -l:

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ve3nm@ve3nm-Satellite-P100:~$ inxi -Fxz
System:
  Host: ve3nm-Satellite-P100 Kernel: 5.4.0-39-generic i686 bits: 32 
  compiler: gcc v: 7.5.0 Desktop: Cinnamon 4.4.8 
  Distro: Linux Mint 19.3 Tricia base: Ubuntu 18.04 bionic 
Machine:
  Type: Laptop System: TOSHIBA product: Satellite P100 v: PSPA3C-JR100E 
  serial: <filter> 
  Mobo: TOSHIBA model: Satellite P100 serial: <filter> BIOS: TOSHIBA v: 1.20 
  date: 01/13/06 
Battery:
  ID-1: BAT1 charge: 30.1 Wh condition: 30.7/44.4 Wh (69%) 
  model: TOSHIBA PA3479U-1BAS status: Charging 
CPU:
  Topology: Dual Core model: Intel T2300 bits: 32 type: MCP arch: M Yonah 
  rev: 8 L2 cache: 2048 KiB 
  flags: nx pae sse sse2 sse3 vmx bogomips: 6667 
  Speed: 1000 MHz min/max: 1000/1667 MHz Core speeds (MHz): 1: 1000 2: 1000 
Graphics:
  Device-1: NVIDIA G72M [Quadro NVS 110M/GeForce Go 7300] 
  vendor: Toshiba America Info Systems driver: nouveau v: kernel 
  bus ID: 01:00.0 
  Display: x11 server: X.Org 1.20.8 driver: nouveau 
  unloaded: fbdev,modesetting,vesa resolution: 1440x900~60Hz 
  OpenGL: renderer: NV46 v: 2.1 Mesa 19.2.8 direct render: Yes 
Audio:
  Device-1: Intel NM10/ICH7 Family High Definition Audio 
  vendor: Toshiba America Info Systems AC97 Data Fax SoftModem with SmartCP 
  driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel bus ID: 00:1b.0 
  Sound Server: ALSA v: k5.4.0-39-generic 
Network:
  Device-1: Intel 82573L Gigabit Ethernet 
  vendor: Toshiba America Info Systems driver: e1000e v: 3.2.6-k port: 2000 
  bus ID: 02:00.0 
  IF: enp2s0 state: down mac: <filter> 
  Device-2: Intel PRO/Wireless 3945ABG [Golan] Network driver: iwl3945 
  v: in-tree:s port: 2000 bus ID: 03:00.0 
  IF: wlp3s0 state: up mac: <filter> 
Drives:
  Local Storage: total: 223.57 GiB used: 8.23 GiB (3.7%) 
  ID-1: /dev/sda vendor: PNY model: CS1311 240GB SSD size: 223.57 GiB 
Partition:
  ID-1: / size: 219.06 GiB used: 8.23 GiB (3.8%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda1 
Sensors:
  System Temperatures: cpu: 55.0 C mobo: N/A gpu: nouveau temp: 63 C 
  Fan Speeds (RPM): N/A 
Info:
  Processes: 183 Uptime: 38m Memory: 1.90 GiB used: 864.5 MiB (44.4%) 
  Init: systemd runlevel: 5 Compilers: gcc: 7.5.0 Shell: bash v: 4.4.20 
  inxi: 3.0.32

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ve3nm@ve3nm-Satellite-P100:~$ aplay -l
**** List of PLAYBACK Hardware Devices ****
card 0: Intel [HDA Intel], device 0: CX20551 Analog [CX20551 Analog]
  Subdevices: 1/1
  Subdevice #0: subdevice #0
card 0: Intel [HDA Intel], device 1: CX20551 Digital [CX20551 Digital]
  Subdevices: 1/1
  Subdevice #0: subdevice #0
ve3nm@ve3nm-Satellite-P100:~$

ve3nm@ve3nm-Satellite-P100:~$ curl https://gitlab.freedesktop.org/pulseaud ... line=false | bash | nc termbin.com 9999
% Total % Received % Xferd Average Speed Time Time Time Current
Dload Upload Total Spent Left Speed
100 2039 100 2039 0 0 2253 0 --:--:-- --:--:-- --:--:-- 2253
https://termbin.com/h7jr
ve3nm@ve3nm-Satellite-P100:~$ grep snd-hda-intel /etc/modprobe.d/*
/etc/modprobe.d/alsa-fix.conf:options snd-hda-intel dmic_detect=0
ve3nm@ve3nm-Satellite-P100:~$

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Re: No sound linux mint cinnamon 19.3

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Hi VE3NM, and welcome to the forum.

First you should run this command to remove the dmic-detect parameter as that won't apply to your ancient machine:

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sudo rm /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-fix.conf
I'm looking through the big output now to see what else needs adjusting.

Okay, this might take some experimenting, as everything's pretty old, but I'll stick with it as long as you're willing to.

First, install and run PulseAudio Volume Control and change the Profile on the Configuration tab from Analog Stereo Duplex to Analog Surround 2.1 Output + Analog Stereo Input as you have a Bass Speaker in that old machine. Maybe the speakers need output to all of them to get output out of any of them.

If that doesn't help, run alsamixer in the terminal and mute anything not related to the Speakers (excluding Master and PCM) such as Line and CD. Some might not be mute capable, but to mute them you press the m key when the column is selected. Once muted, they show MM at the bottom of the column, instead of OO. If neither shows, it's not mute capable.

Let us know if that makes any difference.

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Re: No sound linux mint cinnamon 19.3

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Thanks for the prompt reply. Did all that ... no joy. FYI ... I'm an amateur radio (ham) and was successful in connecting an external USB sound card which kinda worked in sending and receiving digital signals ... not stable at all but there could be other factors at play too. Any further thoughts to try and get this sentimental computer to work with Linux?

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Re: No sound linux mint cinnamon 19.3

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One option (that most wouldn't want to use) is to add acpi=off to the kernel command line. To do this "permanently" you edit /etc/default/grub and change this line:

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GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash"
To this:

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GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash acpi=off"
Save the file, then run sudo update-grub in the terminal. Reboot and you might have working sound. Source is the last post here.

If you'd rather keep acpi enabled, which I could certainly understand, I'll try to find some more ideas. I'm not used to seeing that CX20551 codec.

Sorry I didn't get back to you sooner. I somehow missed your last reply.

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Re: No sound linux mint cinnamon 19.3

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There's also some references to updating the BIOS fixing this on this thread.

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And I have another idea. Install alsa-tools (quick method is apt install alsa-tools in the terminal) then run this command then test the speakers:

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sudo hda-verb /dev/snd/hwC0D0 0x13 SET_PIN_WIDGET_CONTROL 0xc0
This is a guess only, and we might need to do the same with 0x1d such as this:

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sudo hda-verb /dev/snd/hwC0D0 0x1d SET_PIN_WIDGET_CONTROL 0xc0

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Re: No sound linux mint cinnamon 19.3

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Sadly, I've found that there was some support for those old Toshiba's that has since been removed. You can give this a shot anyway but I wouldn't expect it to work:

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sudo tee /etc/modprobe.d/toshiba-fix.conf <<<'options snd-hda-intel model=laptop'
Reboot after running that, then test the sound.

Honestly, for that ancient machine, you might be better off with something with those old machines in mind, such as antiX. One advantage it has is it's still using an older kernel where a lot of support hasn't been ripped out yet. Since the 5.0 kernel, the developers have been ripping out huge chucks of old code that only applied for those old machines.

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Re: No sound linux mint cinnamon 19.3

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Thanks so very much for all your research and suggestions. I will try your latest ideas and if they don't work, I will accept the fact that my machine with sentimental value will be sadly retired. Thanks again for all your efforts.
Brian

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