Debian Install ALSA/Intel Issue

Christopher Brannon chris at
Wed Mar 9 10:58:58 EST 2011

Liz Hare <doggene at> writes:

> Simple mixer control 'PCM',0
>   Capabilities: pvolume penum
>   Playback channels: Front Left - Front Right
>   Limits: Playback 0 - 255
>   Mono:
>   Front Left: Playback 204 [80%] [-10.20dB]
>   Front Right: Playback 204 [80%] [-10.20dB]

I don't like this PCM entry.  Notice that alsa isn't telling us anything
about the muted/unmuted state of the card.
Something is wrong, and I don't know how to fix it.
Someone who was using my ArchLinux CD had a similar issue last year.
His card was an "Intel 82801HB ICH8 - High Definition Audio".
As it turned out, fixing his problem was as simple as a kernel upgrade.
Yes, I made a special CD just for him, and all was well.

What is the exact make and model of your card?

-- Chris

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