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#1 Re: Hardware & System Configuration » HP DV6 no headphone audio » 2021-01-01 02:00:22

I have managed to solve this in a state of covid-based desperation (ie wanting to get a video call with all my siblings since we're not all in the same nation).

Earlier attempts had left this machine without any sound at all.

I attempted reinstalling all the ALSA and Pulse Audio packages I could find (via Aptitude, search then hit  "reinstall" ("L" IIRC). That had no success and I guessed maybe it was config files not 'fixed' during that process. I hunted out and moved the ALSA and PA directories I could find that were/might be config files rather than program files (renaming, just in case things broke), then did the above re-install again.

Briefly the sound worked, but then I plugged in headphones and lost it all. I checked with alsamixer and the headphone volume was down, so I turned it up and for some reason (I cannot recall why) also toggled "auto-mute". The first two times the speakers worked as expected but still no headphones, but then the sound broke again (complete silence). At least the hardware was showing.

I again tried removing the config dirs, and re-installing. This time I had a number of errors from "alsa lib control" on boot but I could not find the errors in the logs. They did refer to one of the ALSA config files being missing but I could see it was there. I would've dug deeper for them in my system but hunting for the messages online I saw a reference to "asound" so hunted and re-installed all of those.

That is the fix that worked, re-installing asound packages

Now, I can plug/unplug headphones and the speakers work/mute as expected. The only oddball bits left are 1) I have missing bits in the sound preferences dialog (eg the "settings for selected device" under the "hardware" tab, or the microphone level meter under the input tab (mic works now too, it was also taken out during this) and 2) it seems that if I plug headphones in my trackpad stops until I reboot - but that could be another unrelated event however has only happened today since reinstalling the modules.

I would not call this "solved" but it is functioning for now.

#2 Re: Hardware & System Configuration » HP DV6 no headphone audio » 2021-01-01 01:42:06

F_Sauce wrote:

I'm very sorry for not following up this topic!

How are you doing?

Inelegantly fixed as of 5 minutes ago, see my next post smile

#3 Re: Hardware & System Configuration » HP DV6 no headphone audio » 2020-10-17 00:28:06

I've noticed other systems having similar issues as well, but this is the one I'd most like sorted.

pacmd list-sinks still reports "No PulseAudio daemon running, or not running as session daemon". The Mate volume control applet lists "no appication is playing audio" even though Clementine and others work OK. I've noticed this on other machines as well, where I would like to be able to directly control the overall volume mix of some programs.

I'd happily look at alternatives to PA that have some of the features I'm interested in (being able to control audio/mix, especially where I have surround sound set up).

#4 Re: Hardware & System Configuration » HP DV6 no headphone audio » 2020-09-14 19:31:06

F_Sauce wrote:

Do you use PulseAudio or not?

Hi Olav,

It appears not to be running.  Maybe I should leave it that way! smile

I'd much rather have not have anything by Pottering on my system if I can avoid it! smile (but I did not remove Pulse, the system is as it was during install with a few packages I prefer to use added eg Waterfox and Xiphos)

#5 Re: Hardware & System Configuration » HP DV6 no headphone audio » 2020-09-14 19:27:20

Head_on_a_Stick wrote:

Plug the headphones in and post the output of

pacmd list-sinks

Also check the dmesg output after plugging them in to see what the kernel is doing.

pacmd list-sinks
No PulseAudio daemon running, or not running as session daemon.

dmesg gives no change (same things listed)

#6 Hardware & System Configuration » HP DV6 no headphone audio » 2020-09-14 11:50:03

Kiwi Rider
Replies: 10

I have a HP Pavilion DV6.

The headphone jack works (confirmed via another OS), however in Dev1 I get no sound from the headphone jack. Speakers work fine. When I plug headphones in the speakers are muted.

Have tried to adjust with Alsa Mixer, no luck.

Also, when I use the mixer in Mate (right click on sound icon in "notification area", go to "sound preferences", even when I have programs running that are playing sound it shows as "no application is playing sound" when I view that tab.

Suggestions on where to begin digging?

Laptop HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook PC (WX054PA#ABG)

Audio devices :
Redwood HDMI Audio [Radeon HD 5000 Series]
5 Series/3400 Series Chipset High Definition Audio

Thanks in advance for your help.

#7 Re: Documentation » Append date and time to .bash_history at start of session » 2020-06-06 10:21:56

Head_on_a_Stick wrote:
fsmithred wrote:

Putting it in ~/.bash_profile didn't work for me. I suppose I have to log out of my desktop session and restart it.

Yes, that's right.

fsmithred wrote:

Putting it in ~/.bashrc works every time I open a new terminal on the desktop.

But then you'll have a new "##Session begin" section for every time a terminal is opened, which doesn't appear to be what the OP wants.

Well. actually that'd be quite good I think . Sometimes I'm switching between normal user and root, and if I come back to something after a while I might see a string of commands in root's history but there was a break where I dropped back to normal user first.

As I said, I wouldn't want it for every single command, but at the start of any shell session is fine and can help a lot to trace things.

Thanks again to for the suggestions guys! It has helped some with keeping on top of some maintenance for a project where I really must work out a script that runs under cron, at least the gruntwork.

#8 Hardware & System Configuration » Updating X » 2020-05-10 22:54:29

Kiwi Rider
Replies: 9

Good morning, hope you and yours are well.

Attempting to install the appropriate AMD driver for my video card, I get the following error :

error: Detected X Server version 'XServer 1.19.2_64a' is not supported. Supported versions are X.Org 6.9 or later, up to XServer 1.10 (default:v2:x86_64:lib32:XServer 1.19.2_64a:none:4.9.0-12-amd64:)
Installation will not proceed.

While better than many systems, I find the graphics performance lacking at times and would love to see an improvement.

As per the thread at I have installed the firmware and standard radeon driver. The card is a Radeon HD 6950  - sure it's older by today's standards but it's the best I can afford by my budget standards smile

Thanks in advance for any suggestions on how to improve performance.

#9 Documentation » Append date and time to .bash_history at start of session » 2020-03-01 03:03:40

Kiwi Rider
Replies: 10

Hi there.

Something I'm not up to figuring out ATM...

When I log into a machine I'd like to have the current date and time of the session added to ~/.bash_history.

I don't want it for every command line, just at the start of the session, eg

##Session begin 1 Mar 2020 16:00
cd /etc/apt
tail sources.list

Sometimes when I've been working on something across multiple accounts it'd be nice to be able to start to follow the order a bit easier, so having the date/time I start a session would be quite nice.

I'm sure someone else has done this but I cannot think of the right search terms to find the answer, nor am I familiar enough with the system to work it out myself at the moment. Everything points to sites explaining how to add a timestamp to every command but I don't want that, just session starts.

Session end would be fine as well, as it still separates each day/logon.

Much thanks.

#10 Re: Hardware & System Configuration » [SOLVED] Radeon HD 6950? » 2020-02-02 00:36:03

Head_on_a_Stick wrote:
Kiwi Rider wrote:

Radeon HD 6950 GPU

That should be supported by the stock radeon(4) driver, have you installed the firmware? That might provide acceptable performance.

Thanks! I'd somehow missed the "firmware" one during my hunts in the software manager (generally use aptitude out of old habit), which is why I was getting so lost.

It is working well enough now, can't give it a full test till next weekend probably. Hoping to get Steam working on it, then get the windows games I still sometimes play going on  there.. Then I'm rid of the twin evils of systemd and windows! smile

[EDIT] Also has fixed an issue with the Steam client where it was failing to launch due to libDRM and/or other issues, and also the "software rendering" warning from Cinnamon (thought I'd try it, normally prefer Mate) has gone.

So again, thanks!

#11 Hardware & System Configuration » [SOLVED] Radeon HD 6950? » 2020-02-01 05:02:53

Kiwi Rider
Replies: 2

Hi there,

I have been using Devuan on my laptop for a while, but am wanting to take things a bit further.

I have a machine with a Radeon HD 6950 GPU which I've used for games, and would like to try out the Steam for Linux under Devuan.

I have downloaded the driver from AMD, but on install I get the error :

error: Detected X Server version 'XServer 1.19.2_64a' is not supported. Supported versions are X.Org 6.9 or later, up to XServer 1.10 (default:v2:x86_64:lib32:XServer 1.19.2_64a:none:4.9.0-6-amd64:)
Installation will not proceed.

I do not have money for more hardware so changing GPU is not an option. I'd either like to bring X up to a later level OR find an alternative driver for the GPU, don't care which.

I am not entirely a newbie, but I am very far from being an expert. I am comfortable with CLI. As Devuan was only installed on this machine earlier today I am happy to make other changes including installing from scratch.

Thanks for help and apologies if my searches have missed an answer already posted.

EDIT: I used the generic Linux driver package from AMD, NOT the Ubuntu or other versions.

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