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How to restore proprietary sound card drivers after Ubuntu upgrade

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I see that I am not the only person facing this issue:


I have exactly the same scenario as the person that posted this link.  The only difference with me is that I postponed my Ubuntu upgrade to 8.04 until the time where the version I was running was clearly no longer supported.

I'm not a Linux kernel expert, I just an ordinary laptop user, so I'd rather not spend countless hours tweaking my system in hopes that I might get lucky with a non-standard configuration.

I hope I don't sound too negative, I'm become a little frustrated.   

Isn't there a way to get the proprietary drivers that DELL bundled with its Ubuntu laptops?  Has Dell produced any non-vanilla Ubuntu upgrade CDs?

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Re: How to restore proprietary sound card drivers after Ubuntu upgrade

Well you can find links to the .iso CD images that dell currently offers over on the Dell Linux wiki:


Not sure what special magic they've packaged into them but I think they should be bootable live CDs just like normal Ubuntu CDs so you could boot from the CD and see if your sound card works before installing it.

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