Dell XPS M1330 Mic Workaround For Ubuntu 9.10
The internal mic for the Dell XPS M1330 has had continuous problems in Ubuntu, but Karmic Koala has seemed to have the fix. Right now there is no need to change the kernel or do anything drastic with alsa. There is only a need to make a few minor changes to the sound preferences.
The fix is an easy change in pulseaudio. Ubuntu 9.10 has a new sound applet, so just right click the sound icon in the notification area and select Sound Preferences. Select the Hardware tab. At the bottom of the window, you should see a dropdown box next to word Profile. Click on this and select “Analog Surround 4.0 Output + Analog Stereo Input”. Now, click on the input tab. Raise the input volume to the maximum it can go. Make sure the Connector is “Microphone 1”. You may close the window. You now have a working sound input.
Quick note: The sound input may still be a little low but it shouldn’t be a deal breaker. I have not had the need to raise it the volume further.
Thursday, February 4, 2010 Ubuntu