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As the title says, I really want to install Ubuntu or Linux Mint, on my laptop, dual-booting it with my installed Windows 8 (for gaming purposes). But the problem is, ...
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    I want to install Ubuntu/Linux Mint but only Fedora works on my laptop


    As the title says, I really want to install Ubuntu or Linux Mint, on my laptop, dual-booting it with my installed Windows 8 (for gaming purposes).

    But the problem is, only Fedora or other Fedora-based distro is able to work and detected all my devices (except NVIDIA Optimus, not working on all distro), specifically my sound device.

    As with the latest version of Ubuntu 13.10 and Linux Mint 16, it's able to detect my internal audio device but not my external audio jacks (for headphones / external speakers). Via sound settings, it only detected 1 audio device.

    On Fedora 20, it detected 2 audio device. My internal audio device and external audio device (headphone jacks).

    Why?

    What I love about Ubuntu / LM is their software center. It's easy to find and install softwares via software center. I don't think Fedora has something like this, or not that I know off.

    What I love about Fedora is its responsiveness. On my laptop, even via livedvd mode, Fedora's performance is superb. It's too damn fast, very responsive. But it lacks software center, where I can search or browse and install software.

    If I install Fedora 20, everything works out of the box, except NVIDIA Optimus. No problem on sound, both internal and external, but no software center.

    If I install Ubuntu/LM, only internal speakers work but I can't plugged in a headphone on output jack as no sound can be heard when a headphone is plugged in. But, it does have software center.

    What should I do? What's with Fedora 20 that's able to detect my external output jack while it's not detected on both Ubuntu and Linux Mint?

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    Have you tried looking for linux drivers from the vendors of the cards? Sometimes they are available in distro packages and sometimes as downloads from the manufacture.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gregm View Post
    Have you tried looking for linux drivers from the vendors of the cards? Sometimes they are available in distro packages and sometimes as downloads from the manufacture.
    No linux driver on manufacurer's website (asus.com/Notebooks_Ultrabooks/K55VD/#support).

    I've been able to install Ubuntu 12.04 on the same laptop 2 years ago with the same problem. Although, I was able to find a solution that fixed the problem.
    But the same solution (ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2103638&p=12471215#post12471215) doesn't work anymore on Ubuntu 13.10 and LM16, and I don't want to stick with 12.04.

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    A kludge workaround would be install 12.04 and get your sound working, then upgrade to 13.10.

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    Quote Originally Posted by docbop View Post
    A kludge workaround would be install 12.04 and get your sound working, then upgrade to 13.10.
    I just tried Ubuntu 12.04.03 and the solution before that worked, no longer works.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KenWeiLL View Post
    I just tried Ubuntu 12.04.03 and the solution before that worked, no longer works.
    Maybe the driver has changed and current version doesn't support your chip. Is there a bulleten board for you laptop band that might have Linux notes?

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    I was able to make my external output jack works on Linux Mint 16 with only 1 solution:
    - plug in the headphone/external speaker during boot up.

    If headphone/external speaker is plugged in during boot up, headphone works be default. Removing headphone, makes internal speakers work.

    But, if I booted up LM16 without headphone/external speaker plugged in, internal speakers work by default. But upon plugging in headphone/external speaker, no sound is coming out from the output jack.

    I wonder why. What if later on, I booted up LM16 without headphones plugged in and would want to listen to headphones later, then I'll have to reboot linux to make headphones work..

    Are there any workaround regarding this situation? Make output jacks work even if no device is plugged in during boot up.

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    When you have booted without the headphones plugged in, fire up a terminal and run
    Code:
    alsamixer
    and using the arrow keys make sure the headphones are not muted.
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    Now what was it isn't it, and what is it is weird and scary to me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by elija View Post
    When you have booted without the headphones plugged in, fire up a terminal and run
    Code:
    alsamixer
    and using the arrow keys make sure the headphones are not muted.
    I set all volume levels on alsamixer to max and still no sound coming out from headphones, when booted without headphones plugged in.

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    Maybe need to switch off sound in BIOS, setup the system and switch on sound, do you tried it?

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