Bug 200691 - Intel ICH audio detected but no sound can be heard
Intel ICH audio detected but no sound can be heard
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: kernel (Show other bugs)
i686 Linux
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Assigned To: Brian Maly
Brian Brock
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Reported: 2006-07-30 20:46 EDT by Jen-Cheng Chen
Modified: 2008-05-06 12:10 EDT (History)
6 users (show)

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Last Closed: 2008-05-06 12:10:43 EDT
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/root/scsound.log (11.45 KB, text/plain)
2006-07-30 20:46 EDT, Jen-Cheng Chen
no flags Details
Soundcard Detection Applet log (14.37 KB, text/plain)
2006-09-17 00:52 EDT, Alex Ezell
no flags Details
FC6 sound card detection log (41.80 KB, application/octet-stream)
2006-11-03 02:45 EST, Mike Rubel
no flags Details
This is the scsrun.log. (224 bytes, application/octet-stream)
2006-11-03 02:48 EST, Mike Rubel
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lspci output (1.66 KB, text/plain)
2006-12-01 12:47 EST, Eric Boggess
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scsconfig.log (45.37 KB, application/octet-stream)
2006-12-01 12:51 EST, Eric Boggess
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scsrun.log (708 bytes, application/octet-stream)
2006-12-01 12:56 EST, Eric Boggess
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Description Jen-Cheng Chen 2006-07-30 20:46:15 EDT
Description of problem:
After installing FC5, the sound card was detected but no sound could be hear. I
have updated to kernel but the result it's the same

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

How reproducible:
Just use any sound-related application or simply use the soundcard detect app

Steps to Reproduce:
Actual results:
sound card detected but no sound could be hear

Expected results:
can hear sound

Additional info:
Comment 1 Jen-Cheng Chen 2006-07-30 20:46:15 EDT
Created attachment 133297 [details]
Comment 2 Andreas Rexfort 2006-09-15 08:42:50 EDT
Same problem here with Intel 82801DB-Chip but only after update. Original FC5 
kernel works fine.
Comment 3 Alex Ezell 2006-09-17 00:52:20 EDT
Created attachment 136463 [details]
Soundcard Detection Applet log
Comment 4 Alex Ezell 2006-09-17 00:54:17 EDT
I attached my log as well. The kernel certainly knows the card is there, yet,
there is no sound.
Comment 5 Dave Jones 2006-10-16 20:42:19 EDT
A new kernel update has been released (Version: 2.6.18-1.2200.fc5)
based upon a new upstream kernel release.

Please retest against this new kernel, as a large number of patches
go into each upstream release, possibly including changes that
may address this problem.

This bug has been placed in NEEDINFO state.
Due to the large volume of inactive bugs in bugzilla, if this bug is
still in this state in two weeks time, it will be closed.

Should this bug still be relevant after this period, the reporter
can reopen the bug at any time. Any other users on the Cc: list
of this bug can request that the bug be reopened by adding a
comment to the bug.

In the last few updates, some users upgrading from FC4->FC5
have reported that installing a kernel update has left their
systems unbootable. If you have been affected by this problem
please check you only have one version of device-mapper & lvm2
installed.  See bug 207474 for further details.

If this bug is a problem preventing you from installing the
release this version is filed against, please see bug 169613.

If this bug has been fixed, but you are now experiencing a different
problem, please file a separate bug for the new problem.

Thank you.
Comment 6 Mike Rubel 2006-11-03 02:44:33 EST
I would like to report identical behavior in a new install of Fedora Core 6
(FC6).  The sound card is detected, snd-hda-intel is chosen, and a reasonable
amount of time passes while the test wav is supposed to be playing, but no sound
comes from the speakers or headphone.  I checked the mixer settings and they
seem reasonable.  Attaching the scsconfig.log and scsrun.log in a moment.

Sound worked under FC5, but because the system was preconfigured I do not know
whether it would have worked with a default FC5 install, or if subsequent
changes were made.
Comment 7 Mike Rubel 2006-11-03 02:45:57 EST
Created attachment 140220 [details]
FC6 sound card detection log
Comment 8 Mike Rubel 2006-11-03 02:48:07 EST
Created attachment 140221 [details]
This is the scsrun.log.
Comment 9 John W. Linville 2006-11-03 09:43:46 EST
I'm not sure what you mean by "mixer settings...seem reasonable".  Have you 
tried unmuting everything AND turning all volume controls to maximum?

Often times hardware manufactures choose strange wiring configurations for 
their audio hardware.  Unless/until the kernel is aware of that specific box, 
you get problems like volume and mute controls that map to the wrong input or 
output.  My guess is that is the case here.

Please try unmuting and setting max volume for all inputs and outputs, then 
trying to play something again.  Also, please attach the output of 
running "lspci -n"...thanks! 
Comment 10 Mike Rubel 2006-11-05 03:23:57 EST
John, thanks for getting back to me so quickly.

I'm no expert on alsa, but based on what I've been reading on the web:

# # alsaunmute 0 -v -s 100
Card 0 Driver snd_hda_intel Volume 100%...
Unmuting ...
Play. Volume pcm(0) to 255
Play. Volume pcm(1) to 255
Play. Switch front(0) to 1
Play. Switch front(1) to 1
Play. Switch cd(0) to 1
Play. Volume cd(0) to 23
Play. Switch cd(1) to 1
Play. Volume cd(1) to 23
Play. Switch mic(0) to 0
Play. Volume mic(0) to 0
Play. Switch mic(1) to 0
Play. Volume mic(1) to 0
Unmuting snd_hda_intel...

Which leaves:

$ amixer
Simple mixer control 'PCM',0
  Capabilities: pvolume
  Playback channels: Front Left - Front Right
  Limits: Playback 0 - 255
  Front Left: Playback 255 [100%]
  Front Right: Playback 255 [100%]
Simple mixer control 'Front',0
  Capabilities: pswitch
  Playback channels: Front Left - Front Right
  Front Left: Playback [on]
  Front Right: Playback [on]
Simple mixer control 'CD',0
  Capabilities: pvolume pswitch
  Playback channels: Front Left - Front Right
  Limits: Playback 0 - 23
  Front Left: Playback 23 [100%] [on]
  Front Right: Playback 23 [100%] [on]
Simple mixer control 'Mic',0
  Capabilities: pvolume pswitch
  Playback channels: Front Left - Front Right
  Limits: Playback 0 - 23
  Front Left: Playback 0 [0%] [off]
  Front Right: Playback 0 [0%] [off]
Simple mixer control 'IEC958',0
  Capabilities: pswitch pswitch-joined
  Playback channels: Mono
  Mono: Playback [on]
Simple mixer control 'Capture',0
  Capabilities: cvolume cswitch
  Capture channels: Front Left - Front Right
  Limits: Capture 0 - 13
  Front Left: Capture 0 [0%] [on]
  Front Right: Capture 0 [0%] [on]
Simple mixer control 'Input Source',0
  Capabilities: enum
  Items: 'Mic' 'CD'
  Item0: 'Mic'

This is a laptop, and to the best of my knowledge there are no other volume

Still, though, I can play a wav in the sense that time elapses while the sound
is supposed to be playing, but I only hear silence.

# /sbin/lspci -n
00:00.0 0600: 8086:27a0 (rev 03)
00:02.0 0300: 8086:27a2 (rev 03)
00:02.1 0380: 8086:27a6 (rev 03)
00:1b.0 0403: 8086:27d8 (rev 02)
00:1c.0 0604: 8086:27d0 (rev 02)
00:1c.1 0604: 8086:27d2 (rev 02)
00:1c.2 0604: 8086:27d4 (rev 02)
00:1d.0 0c03: 8086:27c8 (rev 02)
00:1d.1 0c03: 8086:27c9 (rev 02)
00:1d.2 0c03: 8086:27ca (rev 02)
00:1d.3 0c03: 8086:27cb (rev 02)
00:1d.7 0c03: 8086:27cc (rev 02)
00:1e.0 0604: 8086:2448 (rev e2)
00:1f.0 0601: 8086:27b9 (rev 02)
00:1f.2 0101: 8086:27c4 (rev 02)
00:1f.3 0c05: 8086:27da (rev 02)
01:0a.0 0c00: 1217:00f7 (rev 02)
01:0a.2 0805: 1217:7120 (rev 01)
01:0a.3 0180: 1217:7130 (rev 01)
03:00.0 0280: 8086:4222 (rev 02)
07:00.0 0200: 11ab:4362 (rev 20)

Do you think this might be significant?:

# dmesg | grep ALC
hda_codec: Unknown model for ALC861, trying auto-probe from BIOS...

I was searching around online, and noticed this thread on the alsa bugtrack. 
Think it might be relevant?:


Thanks *very* much!
Comment 11 Eric Boggess 2006-12-01 12:47:11 EST
Created attachment 142587 [details]
lspci output

I just installed fc6 on my Dell Latitude D800 and I am having the same problem
with my sound card: Multimedia audio controller: Intel Corporation
82801DB/DBL/DBM (ICH4/ICH4-L/ICH4-M) AC'97 Audio Controller (rev 01).
Comment 12 Eric Boggess 2006-12-01 12:51:39 EST
Created attachment 142590 [details]

scsconfig.log for Dell Latitud D800 with Intel 82801DB/DBL/DBM
(ICH4/ICH4-L/ICH4-M) AC'97 Audio Controller (rev 01) sound card using Fedora
Core 6
Comment 13 Eric Boggess 2006-12-01 12:56:37 EST
Created attachment 142593 [details]

scsrun.log for a Dell Latitude D800 with an Intel 82801DB/DBL/DBM
(ICH4/ICH4-L/ICH4-M) AC'97 Audio Controller (rev 01) sound card running Fedora
Core 6
Comment 14 Brian Maly 2008-01-16 13:03:23 EST
Looks like we may need support for the ALC861 codec to resolve this issue. 
Comment 15 Bug Zapper 2008-04-03 23:24:35 EDT
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Comment 16 Bug Zapper 2008-05-06 12:10:42 EDT
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