HP’s Beats Audio and Linux

I’m not writing now about all the problems with the HP laptops and Linux. I’m not going to say that Microsoft is a bully and HP is his sycophant. Not today.

If you have one of those HP laptops with Beats Audio and you managed to install Linux, you will realise that the sound is… Well… Crap.

This is how you solve it:

1.- Install alsa-tools-gui:

sudo apt-get install alsa-tools-gui

									

If you have any problem, try adding this repository:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:diwic/hda && sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install hda-jack-retask
									

2.- Launch hda-jack-retask:

hdajackretask
									

3.- Select the codec beginning by IDT and remap these pins (you need to check “Show unconnected pins”):

  • 0x0d (Internal Speaker, Front side) to “Internal speaker”
  • 0x0f (“Not connected” but is the under-display speakers) to “Internal speaker”
  • 0x10 (“Not connected” but is the subwoofer) to “Internal speaker (LFE)”

Click on “Apply now”. Un-mute the sound and increase and decrease the sound volume. Now run this in a different terminal to be sure that everything is workign fine:

speaker-test -c5 -l1 -twav
									

If something goes wrong, just reboot. If everything is working fine, press on “Install boot override”.

In the case those overriding pins are not correct, you can try your own configuration until everything goes all right.


 

Sources:

Spotify for Linux

UPDATED:

Spotify has updated the instructions for Linux. Take a look to it: https://www.spotify.com/uk/download/linux/

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No more Acrobat Reader for Linux

Adobe PDF logo

Yes, that is. Some people seems to be simply blind… Adobe seems to have decided to discontinue Acrobat Reader as you can see in their website.

All we already suspected something for long as the last version for Linux was the 9.X (May 2013) while for other systems there was the 11.X.

But good news: there is a lot of good alternatives by default in any distro as PDF is a standard format, and you can still download Adobe Acrobat 9.5.5-1 from the Adobe’s FTP.

I don’t know you, but I’ll keep this last version in my vault just in case.

Related articles from other sites:

3 Alternatives to the Adobe PDF Reader on Linux @ Linux.com

The Best PDF Viewer for Linux @ Lifehacker