Ubuntu Hardy Heron sound broken

Recently I was having a consistent problem with the sound on my Dell Inspiron 1720, which is running on Ubuntu Hardy Heron. It would consistently stop working all together, and I had a terrible time finding the cause of the problem. If I viewed a flash video on the web, the sound would die afterwards. If I listened to streaming Internet radio, the sound would die. If I received an emial or IM the sound would die.

Finally it dawned on me, and I am not sure why or how. But a few weeks prior I had been toying with a Bluetooth stereo headset and had turned on the Audio service in the Bluetooth manager on the services tab.

Problem fixed: I simply turned off the Audio service in the Bluetooth manager, and all is working normally again. However, if I ever need the Audio service I suppose it will break my sound.

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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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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