Ubuntu On Sony Vaio FW Series

Tips & Tricks related to Sony Vaio FW series laptops

Headphones detection, auto switch off laptop speakers

with 26 comments

Thanks to Sean Carlos for pointing us.

Add this line into /etc/modprobe.d/options file:

options snd-hda-intel model=hippo

Then reboot and try to plug in your headphones.

Written by egaistek

January 3, 2009 at 07:12

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  1. options snd-hda-intel model=sony-assamd

    works also fine.

    are they any differences between them?


    January 6, 2009 at 11:44

  2. Work perfect on FW290 – Thank you!


    January 10, 2009 at 04:59

  3. dms, I don’t remember but for me sony-assamd not work I guess. Let’s test it agian. Hippo failed for me yesterday, laptop speakers doesn’t turned off.


    January 11, 2009 at 00:18

    • Dear egaistek,
      Please advise where is the location or how I can find the file /etc/modprobe.d/options?Thanks


      August 19, 2013 at 13:29

      • That file probably removed from system, they using grub menu options now. But you can try to create options.conf. Open terminal then type there “gksudo gedit /etc/modprobe.d/options.conf” and add options then reboot and test if options are applied.


        August 19, 2013 at 20:00

  4. Works perfectly on a FW21E. Thanks for saving me the time and trouble of testing every single model 😉


    January 16, 2009 at 13:52

  5. Works perfectly on FW11e too 🙂


    January 17, 2009 at 00:14

  6. Having same problem. I do not know where I would find the following file in my computer to do the following:

    Add this line into /etc/modprobe.d/options file:


    January 24, 2009 at 19:50

  7. works fine on my FW21M

    thanks a lot


    February 5, 2009 at 04:51

  8. egaistek, try to type into terminal

    sudo nano /etc/modprobe.d/options

    copy there line from text and press shift+insert to paste it into terminal

    then press ctrl+o and hit the enter

    or you can use (GNOME only) gksudo gedit /etc/modprobe.d/options


    February 7, 2009 at 05:48

  9. Works fine on FW21E typing sony-assamd, instead hippo model


    salvador limones

    February 8, 2009 at 21:29

  10. Even works on a NS21Z!

    Appreciated 🙂


    February 17, 2009 at 03:59

  11. As mentioned, simply works

    Vaio VGN-FW11E – Ubuntu 8.10 – GNOME


    February 21, 2009 at 21:51

  12. Running Ubuntu 8.10 on Vaio VGN-FW285D.
    I am trying to use external speakers. When I plug them in, it does turn off the internal speakers, but the volume on the external speakers is VERY low even after setting all volume controls to full.


    February 27, 2009 at 11:40

  13. My problem above happens when using:
    options snd-hda-intel model=hippo

    But everything works perfectly when using:
    options snd-hda-intel model=sony-assamd

    Thanks dms


    February 27, 2009 at 11:45

  14. Thanks a lot. My problem is solved as well.
    I have VAIO-FW230J and I used ‘options snd-hda-intel model=sony-assamd’ and it worked.

    Thanks again.

    Shoaib Nawaz

    March 20, 2009 at 03:09

  15. For 9.04 the line should be added into /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base.conf file


    April 29, 2009 at 01:50

  16. For those using a liveCD to evaluate Linux on your Vaio, use this command to reset the audio without rebooting your system (if you reboot, all your changes will be lost anyway)

    sudo alsa force-reload


    May 22, 2009 at 10:07

  17. works using sony-assamd for VGN-FW21J

    Thanks for this blog!


    July 12, 2009 at 16:55

  18. When I first applied the change a couple months back
    to use:
    options snd-hda-intel model=hippo
    I remember it having mostly the desired affect.

    However, at some point, (either applying the brightness patch or this) the volume buttons on the laptop sony vaio FW-35G started moving the pulse capture (recording) levels instead of the main sound output volume.

    So, just now I decide to have another play around.
    I try ‘assamd’ … reboot…. no change at all.
    I remove the line altogether.. still no change. Jack works and all.
    I assume there’s been an update which affected this behaviour in some other way?

    Anyone got any idea about my volume buttons?


    August 28, 2009 at 03:22

    • System->Preferences->Sound, under Default Mixer Tracks choose Device (HDA Intel) and select Master channel.


      August 28, 2009 at 03:40

      • ahh! Geez.. that easy eh!
        Thanks very much kind sir!


        August 28, 2009 at 04:12

  19. Hi,

    works perfect on Sony Vaio VGN-Z21VN (aka. Z21) with

    options snd-hda-intel model=sony-assamd

    in /etc/modprobe.d/sound.conf

    Thanks for the tip, Rene


    September 5, 2009 at 18:43

  20. Hi! It works ok on FW41J/H
    Actually, “options snd-hda-intel model=hippo” solves the problem, but turns down the sound level.

    Using “options snd-hda-intel model=sony-assamd” completely solves it!

    I’ve got Ubuntu 9.04, and it doesn’t work as UTKU says. It doesn’t even recognize my sound card that way.

    Thanks for your tips everybody!:D


    October 11, 2009 at 21:05

  21. Im kinda new with ubuntu and I tried doing this because I had the same problem but there is no options file in modprobe.d so im really not sure what to do… plz help!


    July 15, 2010 at 06:58

  22. I am using Sony vaio VPCEH28FN with 64-bit Ubuntu 11.10. I tried both hippo and assamd but none of them could resolve problem.


    November 30, 2011 at 23:01

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