I've had this computer for a year - it shipped with Ubuntu
8.04. I've since upgraded to 9.10 but I've never been able to get audio.
Initially that wasn't an issue but now I'm really missing it now (not
for convenience - for development purposes!). All my attempts at
identifying and installing what I'm missing have failed. The system is
fine with Windows XP
and Vista - so there's no hardware problem. Diagnostics shows everything is
There is no package in the linux community (via Synaptic package
manager anyway) that relates to the Sigmatel sound system - which is
what is installed on this particular laptop. Nor any web search I've
made has helped. Dell support doesn't
have an answer.
Has anyone run into the same issue and solved it? Interestingly the
Ubuntu bootup chimes are working - but that's all. I see no
/dev/audio entry which I think I should have?