Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Fix The Audio on The Dell Vostro A90

Even though the Dell Mini 9 and the Dell Vostro have identical components, the audio for the Vostro doesn't work out of the box like it does for the Mini 9.

In order to enable audio you need to add a line to your /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base.conf file.
- In a terminal type:
sudo gedit /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base.conf

- Then add this to the bottom of the alsa-base.conf file:
options snd-hda-intel model=dell

Screenshot-*alsa-base.conf (-etc-modprobe.d) - gedit
- Then reboot the machine for the changes to take effect.

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Anonymous said...

or you can just flash the bios to the mini 9 's latest and you have a mini9 in vostro clothing

erillanos said...

I get a static sound when ever sound is playing in the speakers might you know of a fix for this.
I have the a90.
And static started after installing karmic.

redDEAD said...

check your sound settings, might be the mic.

Kornphlake said...

I recently updated to ubuntu 9.1 and have not had sound since. I did everything this article says and I still have no sound from my Vostro A90. Any Ideas?

redDEAD said...


You updated so it could be a couple of things. Try reinstalling pulse or making sure you volume is up in sound preferences under output.

Anything else and I really can't help you. Upgrading is hit or miss, and without physical access to your machine I'm shooting in the dark.

AZWilliam said...

I updated from Ubuntu 9.04 to 9.10 on my Vostro A90 and also lost the sound when I did that. My fix was to install gnome-alsamixer. When I ran that mixer, I found that the master volume control was off/muted. Turning it on and up gave me sound through both the speakers and earphones.