Headphone problem with Ubuntu 7.04 (Feisty Fawn)

I was having a sporadic problem with my headphone jack in my new Dell E1505 laptop that came pre-loaded with Ubuntu 7.04 (Feisty Fawn), using ALSA. The problem was that when I plugged in my headphones, sometimes they worked, and other times nothing happened. No sound from my headphones at all.

Here is how I fixed the sound in my Dell laptop…

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Laptop not recovering from suspend mode (Dell with Ubuntu 7.04 Feisty Fawn)

I am pretty mobile, and find it a pain to boot up my laptop every time I need it. So instead I simply close it to put it into suspend mode, and simply open it and log in without the needed wait for booting up. (Even though Ubuntu loads very quickly.)

The problem is that sometimes the laptop does not recover, and I am faced with a black screen instead of my login screen. This forces me to force shutdown by hitting the power button, or forcing reboot by hitting Ctrl+Alt+Delete.

After some searching I found a remedy that seems to have fixed the problem. I simply added ‘noapic nolapic’ to my boot. Here is how I did it:

$ sudo vi /boot/grub/menu.lst

Then I found the “kernel” line that corresponds with my boot process, and appended ‘noapic nolapic’ to the end of it. Here is how that line looked when I was finished:

kernel          /vmlinuz-2.6.20-16-generic noapic nolapic

Your line may differ slightly, but simply appending to the end will work fine.

New Dell Inspiron with Preloaded Ubuntu 7.04 (Feisty Fawn)

Well, after a couple of weeks waiting my shiny new Dell Inspiron E1505 preloaded with Ubuntu 7.04 (Feisty Fawn) has finally arrived. First I must say that it took a LONG time. It is pretty common for Dell to take some time getting PC’s and/or Servers delivered after it is ordered. (IBM and others tend to get them out faster.) Second, after a few days with the new laptop, it was worth the wait.

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