Ubuntu On Sony Vaio FW Series

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The Sound

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I’m working on sound now. We have Realtek ALC262 sound chip in our laptop.

Headphones works with front speakers together, if you select headphones in mixer on switches tab. To enable headphones only, you should mute Front channel in mixer. (on my older vaio laptop front speakers are muted when i plug in headphones automatically)

I still not able to make builtin microphone work..

UPD: Microphone plugged in front jack is working ok.

UPD2: Add options snd-hda-intel model=hippo into /etc/modprobe.d/options to enable headphones jack detection, thanks to Sean Carlos.

Written by egaistek

September 13, 2008 at 02:59

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  1. Worked on my sony vaio vgn-nr180e. thanks 😀


    September 14, 2008 at 23:00

  2. It odes work also if you give model=sony-assamd as snd_hda_intel kernel module option;

    using this it does not require to mute the front channel in mixer;

    i’ve not found a way to make headphones work also on sony sr19xn 😦


    September 15, 2008 at 11:28

  3. Evilaliv3, I have tried changing model for this driver, but builtin microphone did not work anyway. And I have not checked headphones hot-plug, I will try it today with different model names.


    September 15, 2008 at 11:35

  4. I cant have two programs access sound at the same time, i cant play mp3’s and with virtualbox open… and I cant watch youtube if songbird is open. Anyone find a solution to this?


    September 23, 2008 at 16:56

  5. Its late so for some reason I forgot to search for a solution before posting… hmmm. Anyway I found a fix here if anyone has the same problem: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?p=5762523#post5762523

    I also made sure the device was set to Realtek ALC262 mixer


    September 23, 2008 at 17:03

  6. Mohammad, I’m using ALSA, so I have HDA Intel (Alsa mixer) in mixer settings.
    And in System->Preferences->Sound I have chose ALSA everywhere and all works ok.


    September 23, 2008 at 17:13

  7. Thanks it works perfect. I really wish the internal mic would work tho, does anyone know if the internal mic is separate from the Realtek ALC262 sound chip?


    September 24, 2008 at 03:46

  8. Hi,
    Just an update to the internal mic not working issue. If you have a look here[1], you’ll notice it’s a known issue that has been reported to ALSA.
    [1] http://www.claudiocamacho.org/tech/sr11m_debian.php#s4s5

    Tim Knapp

    October 5, 2008 at 15:15

  9. Hei guys,
    I have a Sony VGN-FW140E and had problems with sound ever since i installed ubuntu. Got it working but no mic.
    And now i come across:


    I did everything there and nothing (you should try though it helped many)

    But then i get the freaky idea to plug my headphones in the mic jack.
    The crazy thing is that it made the internal mic work!?!?!?!?!
    . You don’t sound on the headphones though and the recordings sound a bit muffed. But it works.

    Maybe will help with the bug resolution:
    Even crazier is that when i tried with some broken headphones with no sound in one ear the left channel of the mic got a buzzing input while the right worked well.
    Also, if you play any sounds they are sent to the mic input too. (If you try to record something when you are using only your headphones you get the same input in the mic – with or without another set of headphones in the mic jack)

    Hope it helps,


    November 15, 2008 at 00:06

  10. It didn’t get the internal mic working, your headphones are being used AS a mic. Mics and headphones have the same internals basically, but headphones are not as sensitive to sound coming in because they aren’t designed for that, which is why the sound is muffled.


    December 14, 2008 at 03:11

  11. Hi, all!

    I found some article about headphone / earphone ignore. Maybe someone can test it http://michael.flanagan.ie/blog/index.php/19/headphone-fix-ubuntu-sony-vaio/. Temporary i haven’t ubuntu on my vaio, but asap i will install and test it by myself. I hope it helps


    December 22, 2008 at 17:58

  12. Alexander, well I guess it would not work, but if you have vaio fz series, it should work.
    But I can be wrong. I’ve tried this long time ago for microphone but have not tested headphones plug in.

    И русский тут тоже понимают, да )


    December 22, 2008 at 18:25

  13. So let see, will try it today, i have fw series.

    Ну это не может не радовать) я насчет русского. Кстати, в том блоге в комментах еще упоминалось sony-assamd вместо vaio. Надо будет тоже чекнуть


    December 22, 2008 at 19:08

  14. So, this solution doesn’t works (( as i wrote, i have fw series and both ‘options snd-hda-intel model=vaio’ and ‘options snd-hda-intel model=sony-assamd’ not fix problems with switch between front and headphones


    December 23, 2008 at 14:16

  15. I found

    options snd-hda-intel model=hippo

    to be the best solution for a vgn-fw290 based on the options outlined here:


    I’m using Fedora 10.

    Sean Carlos

    January 1, 2009 at 06:54

  16. […] a comment » Thanks to Sean Carlos for pointing […]

  17. Sean!! It’s great!! It’s really works, thank you very much!!!


    January 4, 2009 at 19:43

  18. Thanks good people, I got my headphone jack detection working!
    but still have a problem with the integrated mic, though


    February 14, 2009 at 08:39

  19. We can hack the mic another way. Just open laptop and connect wires from the build-in mic to the mic input on the front 😀


    February 14, 2009 at 09:03

  20. haha )) thanks, but I think I’ll be okay with my external mic for now 😀


    February 14, 2009 at 10:17

  21. hi,

    This kinda worked for me
    (options snd-hda-intel model=hippo)

    BUT the sound volume then is very very quiet!


    June 11, 2009 at 12:25

  22. Internal mic working on jaunty with
    options snd-hda-intel model=toshiba-s06
    in alsa-base.conf (need to switch input source to Int DMic)


    August 12, 2009 at 14:49

  23. for vaio FW* series


    August 12, 2009 at 14:50

  24. Yes, internal mic working for my FW11SR with

    options snd-hda-intel model=toshiba-s06

    Thanks zas!!!


    August 26, 2009 at 01:25

  25. It works for me using Ubuntu 9.04

    Edit this file
    sudo gedit /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base.conf

    Add this line
    options snd-hda-intel model=hippo


    Emerson Barros

    September 3, 2009 at 08:45

  26. Setting model=toshiba-s06 enables the internal mic on my VGN-FW390! Thanks, neither installing the alsa packages from karmic nor setting model=sony-assamd worked for me.

    Scott Wolchok

    September 4, 2009 at 01:39

  27. Voilá!

    Vaio VGN-FW41ZJ with internal mic here finally. I don’t much like these tweaks (options snd-hda-intel model=toshiba-s06) but as it roks, I’m on the same boat.

    Thank You, Zas.

    Kind Regards,

    Timo Karhu

    February 25, 2010 at 18:17

  28. Vaio FW11M, internal microphone: no luck with any of the “options snd-hda-intel model=…” choices.

    However, when I boot a recent Knoppix (>= 6.2), internal microphone works right out of the box. So there is hope. What#s different in Knoppix? They have ALSA 1.0.21 underlying, but installing that alone doesn’t help.


    February 26, 2010 at 14:40

  29. Managed to get it working with model=toshiba-s06. It is important to have the Realtek codec selected into the kernel, however. The thing is, you need to use pin 0x12 for the internal mic, which toshiba-s06 only does if you have the code in realtek-patch.c applied. You can find whether pin 0x12 is your internal mic by taking a look at the alsa-info output.


    July 14, 2011 at 03:10

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