Archive for June, 2014


I blog.

When you feel like you’re stacking up on notes-to-self on your mind, what’s the first thing you should do? Start a blog to put those on. And that’s what I did.

Apparently I created this blog in 2010, but it was more for personal matters than this, so I started over while keeping the same theme (which still looks cool) and domain.

Don’t expect regular or particularly long posts.


Linux, Intel HDA, VIA codec and headphones

Yesterday, I finally bothered to get Debian 7 set up on my real machine (with Intel HDA and a VIA VT1705 codec), but I ran into an issue where headphone sensing doesn’t work: audio comes out from the back jack if I don’t have anything plugged to the front jack, but if I do have something plugged to the front jack, neither of them will work.

I tried looking for a solution, but they all relate to systems with Realtek codecs. Here’s what solved it on mine:

  1. Start alsamixer
  2. Scroll all the way to the right
  3. Select the “Smart 5.1” option
  4. Hit . (period) to unmute it


As odd of a name “Smart 5.1” is, enabling it will make headphone sensing work.