Toshiba Laptops Alive to the Sound of Music

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I've commented in recent articles about how to get every aspect of your sound card working on a Toshiba laptop. I should know -- I've run every version of Ubuntu since Feisty on a Satellite L20 -- here is the quick and easy guide to getting the sound working.

First off, open up a terminal and type:

sudo su

<enter your password>

sudo gedit /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base

In the file that pops up, add the following to the end:

options snd-hda-intel model=3stack

(if 3stack doesn't work, then try ‘lenovo' or ‘auto' -- ‘toshiba' doesn' work particularly well!)

save and exit. Now type this into a terminal:

sudo gedit /etc/modprobe.conf

In the blank file that appears, enter the following before saving and exitting:

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

No reboot. You'll get the comforting sounds of Ubuntu's system as you login, but if you want your headphones to work, you're about half way there. Now type this into a terminal:


In the window that appears, use the arrow keys to move around and press ‘m' on anything with ‘MM' underneath it, and press the up arrow to up the volume. Press ‘Esc' to save and exit.

Not open up your volume control -- make sure nothing is unmuted, and in edit > preferences... make the ‘surround' channel available. Move this up to the max (this helps you control your volume later).

Now you should have fully working sound and headphone support! Your microphone slot should also be supported, though you'll probably want to tweak a few volume settings for your favoured apps!

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2 Responses

  1. Theo says:

    I went through your steps but when I put “alsamixer” in the terminal I get:
    alsamixer: function snd_ctl_open failed for default: No such device

    Can you please help? Or refer me to someplace that can

  2. Alan Lane says:

    Followed your instructions exactly.
    No joy.
    Running Toshiba Satellite P855-S5200, Ubuntu 12.04.
    There is no “alsa-base” file in the “/modprobe.d” directory.
    There is a “alsa-base.conf” file though.
    Is that what you meant?
    I added the “options” line to all the other options lines in the “.conf” file.
    Absolutely no change whatsoever.
    No sound from speakers.
    Headphone sound works ok, but headphone mike is dead.
    Any thoughts?

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