Audio not working after fresh install

Hello everyone!
Here I am again, new laptop e new fresh install of my fav distro.
Everything went super smoothly, even installing linux in a separate sdd to double boot with windows and having both the two OS encrypted - Huge kudos to Calamares! -.
Everything, but the audio!
I can’t make it work.

I have a new XPS 17 laptop, I checked around and I saw that the problem is usually related to sof-firmware (I’ve installed it), but that didn’t solve the problem. I restarted after every trial I’ve tried.

Here some output that hopefully can shed some light on it.

$ inxi -Aa
Audio:
  Device-1: Intel Tiger Lake-H HD Audio vendor: Dell
    driver: sof-audio-pci-intel-tgl
    alternate: snd_hda_intel,snd_sof_pci_intel_tgl bus-ID: 0000:00:1f.3
    chip-ID: 8086:43c8 class-ID: 0401
  Sound Server-1: ALSA v: k5.17.5-arch1-1 running: yes
  Sound Server-2: PulseAudio v: 15.0 running: no
  Sound Server-3: PipeWire v: 0.3.51 running: yes
aplay -lL
null
    Discard all samples (playback) or generate zero samples (capture)
lavrate
    Rate Converter Plugin Using Libav/FFmpeg Library
samplerate
    Rate Converter Plugin Using Samplerate Library
speexrate
    Rate Converter Plugin Using Speex Resampler
jack
    JACK Audio Connection Kit
oss
    Open Sound System
pipewire
    PipeWire Sound Server
pulse
    PulseAudio Sound Server
speex
    Plugin using Speex DSP (resample, agc, denoise, echo, dereverb)
upmix
    Plugin for channel upmix (4,6,8)
vdownmix
    Plugin for channel downmix (stereo) with a simple spacialization
default
    Default ALSA Output (currently PipeWire Media Server)
sysdefault:CARD=sofsoundwire
    sof-soundwire, 
    Default Audio Device
usbstream:CARD=sofsoundwire
    sof-soundwire
    USB Stream Output
**** List of PLAYBACK Hardware Devices ****
card 0: sofsoundwire [sof-soundwire], device 0: Jack Out (*) []
  Subdevices: 0/1
  Subdevice #0: subdevice #0
card 0: sofsoundwire [sof-soundwire], device 2: Speaker (*) []
  Subdevices: 1/1
  Subdevice #0: subdevice #0
card 0: sofsoundwire [sof-soundwire], device 5: HDMI 1 (*) []
  Subdevices: 1/1
  Subdevice #0: subdevice #0
card 0: sofsoundwire [sof-soundwire], device 6: HDMI 2 (*) []
  Subdevices: 1/1
  Subdevice #0: subdevice #0
card 0: sofsoundwire [sof-soundwire], device 7: HDMI 3 (*) []
  Subdevices: 1/1
  Subdevice #0: subdevice #0
amixer -c0
Simple mixer control 'Headphone',0
  Capabilities: pswitch pswitch-joined
  Playback channels: Mono
  Mono: Playback [off]
Simple mixer control 'Speaker',0
  Capabilities: pswitch pswitch-joined
  Playback channels: Mono
  Mono: Playback [on]
Simple mixer control 'IEC958',0
  Capabilities: pswitch pswitch-joined
  Playback channels: Mono
  Mono: Playback [on]
Simple mixer control 'IEC958',1
  Capabilities: pswitch pswitch-joined
  Playback channels: Mono
  Mono: Playback [on]
Simple mixer control 'IEC958',2
  Capabilities: pswitch pswitch-joined
  Playback channels: Mono
  Mono: Playback [on]
Simple mixer control 'Headset Mic',0
  Capabilities: pswitch pswitch-joined
  Playback channels: Mono
  Mono: Playback [off]
Simple mixer control 'PGA1.0 1 Master',0
  Capabilities: pvolume
  Playback channels: Front Left - Front Right
  Limits: Playback 0 - 32
  Mono:
  Front Left: Playback 32 [100%] [0.00dB]
  Front Right: Playback 32 [100%] [0.00dB]
Simple mixer control 'PGA2.0 2 Master',0
  Capabilities: cvolume cswitch
  Capture channels: Front Left - Front Right
  Limits: Capture 0 - 80
  Front Left: Capture 0 [0%] [-99999.99dB] [off]
  Front Right: Capture 50 [62%] [0.00dB] [on]
Simple mixer control 'PGA3.1 3 Master',0
  Capabilities: pvolume
  Playback channels: Front Left - Front Right
  Limits: Playback 0 - 32
  Mono:
  Front Left: Playback 32 [100%] [0.00dB]
  Front Right: Playback 32 [100%] [0.00dB]
Simple mixer control 'PGA30.0 30',0
  Capabilities: pvolume
  Playback channels: Front Left - Front Right
  Limits: Playback 0 - 32
  Mono:
  Front Left: Playback 32 [100%] [0.00dB]
  Front Right: Playback 32 [100%] [0.00dB]
Simple mixer control 'PGA5.0 5 Master',0
  Capabilities: cvolume cswitch
  Capture channels: Front Left - Front Right
  Limits: Capture 0 - 80
  Front Left: Capture 0 [0%] [-99999.99dB] [off]
  Front Right: Capture 50 [62%] [0.00dB] [on]
Simple mixer control 'PGA6.0 6 Master',0
  Capabilities: pvolume
  Playback channels: Front Left - Front Right
  Limits: Playback 0 - 32
  Mono:
  Front Left: Playback 32 [100%] [0.00dB]
  Front Right: Playback 32 [100%] [0.00dB]
Simple mixer control 'PGA7.0 7 Master',0
  Capabilities: pvolume
  Playback channels: Front Left - Front Right
  Limits: Playback 0 - 32
  Mono:
  Front Left: Playback 32 [100%] [0.00dB]
  Front Right: Playback 32 [100%] [0.00dB]
Simple mixer control 'PGA8.0 8 Master',0
  Capabilities: pvolume
  Playback channels: Front Left - Front Right
  Limits: Playback 0 - 32
  Mono:
  Front Left: Playback 32 [100%] [0.00dB]
  Front Right: Playback 32 [100%] [0.00dB]
Simple mixer control 'rt1308-1 DAC L',0
  Capabilities: pswitch pswitch-joined
  Playback channels: Mono
  Mono: Playback [on]
Simple mixer control 'rt1308-1 DAC R',0
  Capabilities: pswitch pswitch-joined
  Playback channels: Mono
  Mono: Playback [on]
Simple mixer control 'rt1308-1 RX Channel Select',0
  Capabilities: enum
  Items: 'LR' 'LL' 'RL' 'RR'
  Item0: 'LL'
Simple mixer control 'rt1308-2 DAC L',0
  Capabilities: pswitch pswitch-joined
  Playback channels: Mono
  Mono: Playback [on]
Simple mixer control 'rt1308-2 DAC R',0
  Capabilities: pswitch pswitch-joined
  Playback channels: Mono
  Mono: Playback [on]
Simple mixer control 'rt1308-2 RX Channel Select',0
  Capabilities: enum
  Items: 'LR' 'LL' 'RL' 'RR'
  Item0: 'RR'
Simple mixer control 'rt711 ADC 08',0
  Capabilities: cvolume cswitch
  Capture channels: Front Left - Front Right
  Limits: Capture 0 - 63
  Front Left: Capture 63 [100%] [30.00dB] [on]
  Front Right: Capture 63 [100%] [30.00dB] [on]
Simple mixer control 'rt711 ADC 09',0
  Capabilities: cvolume cswitch
  Capture channels: Front Left - Front Right
  Limits: Capture 0 - 63
  Front Left: Capture 0 [0%] [-17.25dB] [off]
  Front Right: Capture 23 [37%] [0.00dB] [off]
Simple mixer control 'rt711 ADC 22 Mux',0
  Capabilities: enum
  Items: 'MIC2' 'LINE1' 'LINE2' 'DMIC'
  Item0: 'MIC2'
Simple mixer control 'rt711 ADC 23 Mux',0
  Capabilities: enum
  Items: 'MIC2' 'LINE1' 'LINE2' 'DMIC'
  Item0: 'MIC2'
Simple mixer control 'rt711 AMIC',0
  Capabilities: volume
  Playback channels: Front Left - Front Right
  Capture channels: Front Left - Front Right
  Limits: 0 - 3
  Front Left: 1 [33%] [10.00dB]
  Front Right: 1 [33%] [10.00dB]
Simple mixer control 'rt711 DAC Surr',0
  Capabilities: pvolume
  Playback channels: Front Left - Front Right
  Limits: Playback 0 - 87
  Mono:
  Front Left: Playback 87 [100%] [0.00dB]
  Front Right: Playback 87 [100%] [0.00dB]
Simple mixer control 'rt711 DMIC1',0
  Capabilities: volume
  Playback channels: Front Left - Front Right
  Capture channels: Front Left - Front Right
  Limits: 0 - 3
  Front Left: 0 [0%] [0.00dB]
  Front Right: 0 [0%] [0.00dB]
Simple mixer control 'rt711 DMIC2',0
  Capabilities: volume
  Playback channels: Front Left - Front Right
  Capture channels: Front Left - Front Right
  Limits: 0 - 3
  Front Left: 0 [0%] [0.00dB]
  Front Right: 0 [0%] [0.00dB]
Simple mixer control 'rt715',0
  Capabilities: cvolume cswitch
  Capture channels: Front Left - Front Right - Rear Left - Rear Right - Front Center - Woofer - Side Left - Side Right
  Limits: Capture 0 - 63
  Front Left: Capture 0 [0%] [-17.25dB] [on]
  Front Right: Capture 23 [37%] [0.00dB] [on]
  Rear Left: Capture 0 [0%] [-17.25dB] [on]
  Rear Right: Capture 23 [37%] [0.00dB] [on]
  Front Center: Capture 0 [0%] [-17.25dB] [on]
  Woofer: Capture 23 [37%] [0.00dB] [on]
  Side Left: Capture 0 [0%] [-17.25dB] [on]
  Side Right: Capture 23 [37%] [0.00dB] [on]
Simple mixer control 'rt715 ADC 22 Mux',0
  Capabilities: enum
  Items: 'MIC1' 'MIC2' 'LINE1' 'LINE2' 'DMIC1' 'DMIC2' 'DMIC3' 'DMIC4'
  Item0: 'LINE1'
Simple mixer control 'rt715 ADC 23 Mux',0
  Capabilities: enum
  Items: 'MIC1' 'MIC2' 'LINE1' 'LINE2' 'DMIC1' 'DMIC2' 'DMIC3' 'DMIC4'
  Item0: 'LINE2'
Simple mixer control 'rt715 ADC 24 Mux',0
  Capabilities: enum
  Items: 'MIC2' 'DMIC1' 'DMIC2' 'DMIC3' 'DMIC4'
  Item0: 'DMIC3'
Simple mixer control 'rt715 ADC 25 Mux',0
  Capabilities: enum
  Items: 'MIC1' 'DMIC1' 'DMIC2' 'DMIC3' 'DMIC4'
  Item0: 'DMIC4'
Simple mixer control 'rt715 DMIC1 Boost',0
  Capabilities: volume
  Playback channels: Front Left - Front Right
  Capture channels: Front Left - Front Right
  Limits: 0 - 3
  Front Left: 0 [0%]
  Front Right: 0 [0%]
Simple mixer control 'rt715 DMIC2 Boost',0
  Capabilities: volume
  Playback channels: Front Left - Front Right
  Capture channels: Front Left - Front Right
  Limits: 0 - 3
  Front Left: 0 [0%]
  Front Right: 0 [0%]
Simple mixer control 'rt715 DMIC3 Boost',0
  Capabilities: volume
  Playback channels: Front Left - Front Right
  Capture channels: Front Left - Front Right
  Limits: 0 - 3
  Front Left: 2 [67%]
  Front Right: 2 [67%]
Simple mixer control 'rt715 DMIC4 Boost',0
  Capabilities: volume
  Playback channels: Front Left - Front Right
  Capture channels: Front Left - Front Right
  Limits: 0 - 3
  Front Left: 2 [67%]
  Front Right: 2 [67%]
Simple mixer control 'rt715 LINE1 Boost',0
  Capabilities: volume
  Playback channels: Front Left - Front Right
  Capture channels: Front Left - Front Right
  Limits: 0 - 3
  Front Left: 0 [0%]
  Front Right: 0 [0%]
Simple mixer control 'rt715 LINE2 Boost',0
  Capabilities: volume
  Playback channels: Front Left - Front Right
  Capture channels: Front Left - Front Right
  Limits: 0 - 3
  Front Left: 0 [0%]
  Front Right: 0 [0%]
Simple mixer control 'rt715 MIC1 Boost',0
  Capabilities: volume
  Playback channels: Front Left - Front Right
  Capture channels: Front Left - Front Right
  Limits: 0 - 3
  Front Left: 0 [0%]
  Front Right: 0 [0%]
Simple mixer control 'rt715 MIC2 Boost',0
  Capabilities: volume
  Playback channels: Front Left - Front Right
  Capture channels: Front Left - Front Right
  Limits: 0 - 3
  Front Left: 0 [0%]
  Front Right: 0 [0%]

Try this first by adding the following to the default grub command line and then update grub. So edit the default grub command line:

/etc/default/grub

add

snd_hda_intel.dmic_detect=0

Update grub

sudo grub-mkconfig -o /boot/grub/grub.cfg

reboot

If this doesn’t work we’ll try something else.

Edit: If the above doesn’t work try this instead and do the same to update grub after removing what you added above.

snd_intel_dspcfg.dsp_driver=1

2 Likes

Thanks for your answer!
I tried both:

first I added to GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT the parameter snd_hda_intel.dmic_detect=0, updated grub and restarted → no audio
second I removed snd_hda_intel.dmic_detect=0, added snd_intel_dspcfg.dsp_driver=1, updated grub and restarted → no audio

could you show pavucontrol configuration tab?

Here it is: the output devices page shows the music going when I have you-tube playing, but the configuration has no profiles:
2022-05-08-213539_549x441_scrot
2022-05-08-213512_553x473_scrot

If I click on profile I see a lot of options, but they are all unavailable.

Okay so it has a dummy output.

Sooooo, after your tip, I checked around for dummy output and I find this post related to an older kernel version. It still made the job anyway!

I did add options snd-hda-intel model=auto at the end of /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base.conf (in my case alsa-base.conf was not existing, so I actually created it.
Thanks! for the tip!

Glad you got it working. I tried that one on another system but it didn’t work on it. It doesn’t show any output device.

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