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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Microsoft Bluetooth keyboard and mouse on Ubuntu 7 (Feisty Fawn)

I have a Microsoft Optical Desktop Elite Keyboard and Mouse for Bluetooth, and wanted to get them working on my newly installed Ubuntu 7.04 Feisty Fawn desktop. (This was my choice after the adventure of Windows Vista deciding it was not Genuine 1 1/2 months after install, even though it was.) See this article for the details.

I found the basics of this article on the Ubuntu forums, but found that I needed to adapt it a bit. So here is that article, with my changes/additions.

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