Compaq Presario CQ61-140EI: Sound problem and solution

I just got a new Compaq Presario CQ61-140EI and installed Ubuntu Karmic Alpha 6 on it. More about that in a future post.  One of the main issues which a lot of people had is that sound works through the headphones but not through the internal speakers which btw is Altec Lansing speakers.  The first solution I found is to add the following:
options snd slots=snd-hda-intel
options snd-hda-intel model=hp-m4
alias snd-card-0 snd-hda-intel
options snd-hda-intel enable_msi=1

I rebooted my machine and sound still did not work.

After more Googling I found something that suggested replacing the 2nd line above with the following:
options snd-hda-intel model=hp-hdx
Again I rebooted my machine and voola .. sound out of my internal speakers.

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5 Responses to “Compaq Presario CQ61-140EI: Sound problem and solution”

  1. […] want to subscribe to the RSS feed for updates on this topic.Powered by WP Greet BoxAs mentioned in yesterday’s post, I got a new Compaq Presario CQ61-140EI Notebook.  I did not had much choice in the hardware […]

  2. saidimu says:


    Thanks for the instructions, they fixed the problem.


  3. Colin Shorts says:

    Hi, this also resolved the lack of sound on my wife CQ61-310SA. Thanks!

  4. Wayfarer says:

    Thanks, that worked for me on my Compaq Presario CQ61-411WM

  5. Kompacki says:

    Adding this also did the trick for me on my CQ61-400EW after doing “alsa force-reload”.

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