[CentOS] Acer 5920 audio chip does not work in CentOS 5.2?

Alex White ethericalzen at gmail.com
Tue Jul 1 04:51:58 UTC 2008

hce wrote:
> Hi,
> I've installed CentOS 5.2 to a laptop Acer 5920 for dual boot, the
> audio works in Window Vista, but does not work in CentOS 5.2. Does
> CentOS 5.2 support following audio chip or not?
> Audio device: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) HD Audio
> Controller (rev 03)
> Thank you.
> Kind Regards,
> Jim

When you say it doesn't work, are you getting an error message 
saying that there's no sound device?

Does lspci list your soundcard? If you have a super long list and 
can't locate it easily, you can try (but I can't promise this will 
work for you, it does for me however) lspci | grep audio

If I recall you're using gnome. You should (but may not) have a 
volume icon on your panel. Right click that icon and ensure that the 
mute box is not checked. If it's not checked, select "Open Volume 
Control" and make sure your volume is turned up. If you still do not 
have sound try right clicking the volume speaker icon again and 
selecting "Preferences". Make sure that the correct device is selected.

I googled around and found various issues with the model of Acer you 
have listed, but sound didn't seem to be a problem save for one user 
using Ubuntu (I didn't spend that much time looking, sorry) who only 
got sound out of one speaker. A Fedora review of sorts listed the 
chipset as just working, but I believe that was for Fedora 8.


Alex White

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