View Full Version : [ubuntu] ALC880 Mic does not work (Hardy, ALSA 1.0.16)

April 24th, 2008, 09:11 AM
Hi everybody!

i have a laptop ( Fujitsu Siemens Amilo Pi 1536 ) and tryed nearly everything to bring the internal (or pluggable) micro to record. But i have no success. It uses the hda-intel and ALC880-codec.

I compiled the newest alsa-driver (libs, utils..), played hours with the audio-settings, but still had no success.

i googled an read thousands of threads of blogs or forums and found so different things that i now am unsure if this will work anytime..

But: All this allthough all the tests in audio-settings work! so i don't get any errors klicking on "Test" near audio-capture.

i know this topic is around a while, but please, did anybody of you got this damn mic to work???

May 16th, 2008, 07:42 AM
yep, i had the same problem with my acer aspire 5720. when i plugged in an external microphone it worked.

May 18th, 2008, 10:34 PM
First of all I'm happy to see your post only because I know I'm not going crazy (ok I know it's not mutually exclusive).

I have the laptop Fujitsu-Siemens Pi1536 and have put down hours ~10 to get the internal or external mic working, unfourtunately without success. Even stranger is that I found documentation for the alsamixer stating the "model=fujitsu" in alsa-base was referring to this particular moder (Pi1536). I too installed the .16 version of alsa but nothing. All sounds work perfectly, I can even see the little red light (SPIDF) in the headphone jack turning on and off by playing with the controls.

I'm not a wizz on linux and running out of ideas.

Anyone being able to help or point in right direction would be very appreciated.

May 18th, 2008, 10:49 PM
A link to the documenation stating the model is supported:

Slightly ironic the model is mentioned there! Search on 1536.

May 19th, 2008, 09:51 AM
i still didn't manage to get it working. in desperateness i bought an usb-headset which works plug'n'play. but thats not very mobile!

May 19th, 2008, 02:58 PM
i still didn't manage to get it working. in desperateness i bought an usb-headset which works plug'n'play. but thats not very mobile!

Hmm, yes I'm starting to give up on this one. Could you tell me what headset you bought? It would be helpful to know it works on my machine. Are you using Skype with it?


June 16th, 2008, 11:07 AM
I have found a solution to use the internal mic!
At the end of the file /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base write

options snd-hda-intel model=6stack-digout
then reboot.

After that you have to increase volume in MASTER, PCM, FRONT, FRONT MIC , SURROUND (nothing else, otherwise it won't work), and set input source to FRONT MIC, 8ch.

Then microphone will work, a bit low, but I can talk with skype now!