Ubuntu 10.4 ALSA IEC958

So I got a new ASUS N73J laptop for work. To be exact its the N73Jn model. I re-partitioned the drive for a dual boot and created a 180GB chunk for Ubuntu 10.4

Two obvious problems after install:

1. If you install the restricted drivers for Nvidia Geforce 335M the laptop is inoperable. The display stays blank and never recovers.

2. The audio will work, but not on the analog. If you check the pulse audio settings, there is no analog output.

Issue 1. There is not good answer until the modules are redesigned to accept the hybrid dual video cards in the Linux Kernel. There are some versions people have created, but it doesn’t work all the time and doesn’t work for everyone. So in the meantime I will continue to run the Intel video card.

Issue 2. This can be corrected by adding the Ubuntu sound dev repository. This issue has already been fixed, but isn’t released yet.

Adding the ppa (via command line)

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-audio-dev/ppa
sudo apt-get update

Install the linux-alsa-driver-modules package (via command line)

apt-get install linux-alsa-driver-modules-$(uname -r)

Reboot, then access the Pulse Audio Sound Preferences. Select the Hardware tab, Profile, and change to the analog stereo output. 

This will permit the play of audio on the laptop speakers or the headphone jack. 

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