Headphones, notebooks, linux and alsa

Every day I am on the way to work I listen to music. At least usually. But not recently. A plain simple explanation is I had no proper headphones for my Vaio notebook. I gave away mine and didn’t get them back yet. So today I got my new headphones by mail. Nothing special, it’s the Koss Porta Pro. I had them before and liked them, they are affordable and sound okay. I took them and while Amarok was loading I plugged the Porta Pro in and started with…uh! The music came straight out of the PC speakers!

This seemed to be a problem with Alsa and I have found the fix for this in a flash.

Edit for example /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base.conf and add the line

options snd-hda-intel model=vaio position_fix=0

and then at last (no need to reboot) I did as root

rmmod -f snd_hda_intel && modprobe snd_hda_intel

That solved the problem for me.

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