DELL Studio 1749 Ubuntu 11.10/Skype issues

Today I,ve made fresh install of 11.10 32bit on this laptop.
Everything works fine, but…
1.installed latest AMD Catalyst driver from AMD website - working.
2.wireless BROADCOM did not work after install - found solution:

-Download the 32 or 64-bit version:

-Download patch for > 2.6.37 support:
http://www.mindwerks.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/broadcom-sta_4_kernel-2.6.38.patch
-Extract the sources:
cd ~/Downloads; mkdir -p wl; cd wl; tar xf …/hybrid- portsrc*-v5_100_82_38.tar.gz
-Patch the sources, compile and install:
patch -p1 < …/broadcom-sta_4_kernel-2.6.38.patch
make; sudo make install; sudo depmod; sudo modprobe wl

Give Ubuntu a few seconds after loading the “wl” kernel module, then eventually the Network Manager will start looking for wireless networks.
3.by default the earphone jacks (there are two) do not work, to fix this edit the file /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base.conf and add the line below:

options snd-hda-intel model=dell-m6

then reboot and the sockets will work.
4.installed SKYPE - but internal microphone is not working. I was trying to play with alsamixer, but with no results. Then found this in internet:
Try adding the line in /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base.conf :

options snd-hda-intel model=6stack-dell

After doing so and reboot - mic is working but earphone jacks not. As far as I understood, after editing /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base.conf only the last added line is making effect on the system. Is there any solution on how to make them both - earphone jacks and microphone working?
For SKYPE already installed pavucontrol and pulse audio control.
Any suggestions?

Try changing that line in /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base.conf to:-

options snd-hda-intel model=dell-m6-dmic

SAVE the file, and reboot.


If it doesn’t work, can you send the output from:

sudo lshw -C multimedia

and

sudo aplay -l

and

cat /proc/asound/card0/codec#* | grep Codec

and

lsmod | grep snd

Hi Mark,
options snd-hda-intel model=dell-m6-dmic :smiley: actually worked. Will be testing for some time if it’s going to be stable after several reboots.
Thank’s a lot for your help. :slight_smile:
Also, I’d like to ask for one more thing - webcam in this laptop is working OK, but when I start to talk on Skype - picture is normal, after several minutes - it’s like pressed from left and right sides (sorry for my English), is it possible to solve that issue too?

Best regards,
mikhalek

Can’t find anything, but some info on the webcam might help :slight_smile:

Can you send the output from:

lsusb

and

lspci

I’ll keep looking though, and if I come across anything I’ll post it here.

BTW, your English is just fine… if you hadn’t mentioned it, I would never have guessed you weren’t English :slight_smile:

Do you mean the picture is “squashed”, or that it’s “cropped” (has the edges chopped off) ?

~$ lsusb
Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
Bus 001 Device 002: ID 8087:0020 Intel Corp. Integrated Rate Matching Hub
Bus 002 Device 002: ID 8087:0020 Intel Corp. Integrated Rate Matching Hub
Bus 001 Device 003: ID 0a5c:4500 Broadcom Corp. BCM2046B1 USB 2.0 Hub (part of BCM2046 Bluetooth)
Bus 001 Device 004: ID 0c45:6406 Microdia
Bus 002 Device 003: ID 09da:054f A4 Tech Co., Ltd
Bus 001 Device 005: ID 413c:8161 Dell Computer Corp. Integrated Keyboard
Bus 001 Device 006: ID 413c:8162 Dell Computer Corp. Integrated Touchpad [Synaptics]
~$ lspci
00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Core Processor DRAM Controller (rev 02)
00:01.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation Core Processor PCI Express x16 Root Port (rev 02)
00:16.0 Communication controller: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset HECI Controller (rev 06)
00:1a.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset USB2 Enhanced Host Controller (rev 06)
00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset High Definition Audio (rev 06)
00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset PCI Express Root Port 1 (rev 06)
00:1c.1 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset PCI Express Root Port 2 (rev 06)
00:1c.2 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset PCI Express Root Port 3 (rev 06)
00:1c.3 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset PCI Express Root Port 4 (rev 06)
00:1c.4 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset PCI Express Root Port 5 (rev 06)
00:1c.5 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset PCI Express Root Port 6 (rev 06)
00:1d.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset USB2 Enhanced Host Controller (rev 06)
00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801 Mobile PCI Bridge (rev a6)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation Mobile 5 Series Chipset LPC Interface Controller (rev 06)
00:1f.2 SATA controller: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset 4 port SATA AHCI Controller (rev 06)
00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset SMBus Controller (rev 06)
00:1f.6 Signal processing controller: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset Thermal Subsystem (rev 06)
02:00.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc Madison [AMD Radeon HD 5000M Series]
02:00.1 Audio device: ATI Technologies Inc Redwood HDMI Audio [Radeon HD 5600 Series]
08:00.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4312 802.11b/g LP-PHY (rev 01)
14:00.0 FireWire (IEEE 1394): O2 Micro, Inc. Device 10f7 (rev 01)
14:00.1 SD Host controller: O2 Micro, Inc. Device 8120 (rev 01)
14:00.2 Mass storage controller: O2 Micro, Inc. Device 8130 (rev 01)
20:00.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8111/8168B PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet controller (rev 03)
ff:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Core Processor QuickPath Architecture Generic Non-core Registers (rev 05)
ff:00.1 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Core Processor QuickPath Architecture System Address Decoder (rev 05)
ff:02.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Core Processor QPI Link 0 (rev 05)
ff:02.1 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Core Processor QPI Physical 0 (rev 05)
ff:02.2 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Core Processor Reserved (rev 05)
ff:02.3 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Core Processor Reserved (rev 05)

Picture is same by the size (pixel to pixel), but my face for example become more longer vertically, as you already mentioned - “squashed” from left and right size. :o

Things to test…

Does the webcam do the same thing in cheese ?

if you haven’t got cheese installed:

sudo apt-get install cheese

have you tried the “Static” version of Skype ?

The “Static” version doesn’t need installing… get it from here:
http://www.skype.com/intl/en-us/get-skype/on-your-computer/linux/downloading.static

then just unpack it, go into the unpacked skype_static-2.2.0.35 folder, and click the skype binary executable to launch.

it should be OK to leave the version you already have installed whilst you test this.


I’m trying to work out if it’s a driver issue, or a Skype issue.


Is this a “scaling” issue … is the webcam normally displayed in Skype as 16:9 but then switches to 4:3 ?

I’ve already installed Cheese few days ago, when using it picture is OK (except colours).
Will be checking with static version of Skype.

And thanks again for all your help!

Have you run cheese long enough to test if the picture becomes squashed ? … if so, and the picture staed OK, then it’s more than likely a Skype problem.

How did you install Skype ? … from the package manager, or from the Skype website ?

Let me know how it goes with Skype static :slight_smile:

Well, did some check today. After running Cheese for couple of hours - no problem with picture.
Skype which I’ve installed is from Software Center. Tried Static version - after 15 min. or so talking, same thing happened again.
Probably it’s like you said - “scaling” issue…

Sorry but I don’t know what to suggest … it may be worth taking it up on the Skype forum as it seems to be an issue with their application.

Meanwhile if I come across anything that might be relevant, I’ll post it here.

That’s OK, main thing is,that it’s still possible to use and communicate through Skype and thank you again for all your help mate :slight_smile:

You’re welcome :slight_smile: