I love Linux. I really do. But don’t get me wrong – I love Windows, too. They each have their place. Linux is great for free stuff and development but getting it to just work sometimes can be a PAIN. Ubuntu, luckily, handles most have that for me (apologies to all you hardcore – if you know how to use vi, you’re hardcore – Linux users out there. I simply don’t have the time to install EVERY PACKAGE FROM SOURCE).
So, recently, I updated my laptop (Alienware m11x) to Ubuntu 10.04.02 LTS, and it came equipped with a shiny new kernel (2.6.32-31). Ooooooo…. But that’s where the fun stopped. It killed my video card drivers, so I spent about an hour re-installing those so I could get back to CUDA programming. It also broke my sound driver. Annoying, but not a show stopper. Since I <3 Pandora, I simply had to fix them. After 2-3 hours of troubleshooting and trying every damn fix I could find on Google, I finally found the fix. So, for anyone searching how to fix their sound drivers with the new Ubuntu 10.04 update, do this:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-audio-dev/ppa sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install linux-alsa-driver-modules-$(uname -r)
Then do a system restart.
Many thanks to the people constantly working on providing up-to-date sound drivers for Ubuntu, and posting their fixes here: