Beats Audio Laptop question
I was using Ubuntu 12.04. I've been going off and on with Linux for about 5 or 6 years now. I've even gotten over the fact that one can't really get totally away from Windows if you're a gamer, or in my case, a web designer with the need to use certain windows programs. (Though most of them I can run virtually through Linux, so mostly just gaming and Netflix type stuff).
So, for the first time since I started using Linux, I had intended to stay with it solely, only using Windows "as needed". I'm one of those weird people that think Compiz is just useless fluff, and that Unity gives me a nice, clean interface that I actually enjoy using.
But, then I started playing music. See, I have this kickass laptop (as kickass as one can be without being a Mac, I guess). HP dv7-7020us. It's one of those that has Beats Audio on it, with front speakers, rear speakers and a subwoofer. In Windows, this thing sounds very good for a laptop. In Linux...yeah, not so much. Apparently it's only using some of the speakers. This got me on a tizzy. Instead of just saying "ok, here we go...back to Windows again", I went from Ubuntu to Fedora, to Linux Mint, to something else I can't remember, and now to Zorin OS Core 6, which I actually seem to really enjoy....but ALL of them have the speaker problem. I've tried the Ubuntu forums, but couldn't even get anyone to answer me there, which is unusual because over the years, they've all been pretty helpful.
Is this just a problem that I can't fix? Is there a distro that will work for me? I'm ready to become a full convert, but this particular issue is pretty unacceptable. I spent a mint on this computer for the sound and gaming ability it has...I can't justify less than half the speakers working on it.