Sound not working on IBM xSeries x205 / snd-intel8x0

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SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10


After installation of SLES10 on a IBMx205-Series machine sound does not work at all.


Changeoption settingac97_quirkfor modulesnd-intel8x0from -1 to 1 in/etc/modprobe.d/soundand restart the kernel module.

Additional Information

Following is contents of a working /etc/modprobe.d/sound:

options snd-intel8x0 enable=1 index=0 ac97_quirk=1
# +QnG.fT7WCdwsUsC:82801DB/DBL/DBM (ICH4/ICH4-L/ICH4-M) AC'97 Audio Controller
alias snd-card-0 snd-intel8x0

lspci information on the sound chip:

Multimedia audio controller: Intel Corporation 82801DB/DBL/DBM (ICH4/ICH4-L/ICH4-M) AC'97 Audio Controller (rev 02)

hwinfodetails on the sound device:

24: PCI 1f.5: 0401 Multimedia audio controller
[Created at pci.305]
UDI: /org/freedesktop/Hal/devices/pci_8086_24c5
Unique ID: W60f.rY0wgyXQeV9
SysFS ID: /devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:1f.5
SysFS BusID: 0000:00:1f.5
Hardware Class: sound
Model: "IBM 82801DB/DBL/DBM (ICH4/ICH4-L/ICH4-M) AC'97 Audio Controller"
Vendor: pci 0x8086"Intel Corporation"
Device: pci 0x24c5"82801DB/DBL/DBM (ICH4/ICH4-L/ICH4-M) AC'97 Audio Controller"
SubVendor: pci 0x1014 "IBM"
SubDevice: pci 0x1f00
Revision: 0x02
Driver: "Intel ICH"
I/O Ports: 0x6000-0x60ff (rw)
I/O Ports: 0x6400-0x643f (rw)
Memory Range: 0x80200000-0x802001ff (rw,non-prefetchable)
Memory Range: 0x80200400-0x802004ff (rw,non-prefetchable)
IRQ: 201 (no events)
Module Alias:"pci:v00008086d000024C5sv00001014sd00001F00bc04sc01i00"
Driver Info #0:
Driver Status: i810_audio is not active
Driver Activation Cmd: "modprobe i810_audio"
Driver Info #1:
Driver Status: snd_intel8x0 is active
Driver Activation Cmd: "modprobe snd_intel8x0"
Config Status: cfg=yes, avail=yes, need=no, active=unknown


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  • Document ID:3960722
  • Creation Date: 25-Apr-2007
  • Modified Date:13-Mar-2021
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

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