Fixing 2013 MacBook Air Ubuntu sound issue

Regarding my Ubuntu adventures for the latest MacBook Air 2013, I already posted about how to:

If you follow those two blog posts, you should end up with a very functional Ubuntu install and the linux 3.11-rc7 kernel working on your MacBook Air 2013. As we’ve already taken care of the Wi-Fi, the touchpad and the keyboard, two issues remain:

  • Brightness settings do not work as expected after suspend.
  • Sound does not work in the speakers (it works fine in the headset though)

In this post, we will see how to fix the second issue. And in order to make the speakers work we will have to patch the kernel and re-compile (yes, again!). Luckily, I have already explained everything you need to know so you’ll just have to follow the same procedure except you have to apply this patch before you re-compile.

When the new kernel is built, install it as usual and don’t forget to re-install the Wi-Fi driver module. Reboot and sound should now work fine!

Now sound is fixed, the brightness issue seams to be the last problem… please let me know if you find anything!

3 thoughts on “Fixing 2013 MacBook Air Ubuntu sound issue

  1. Niorko

    Hi…

    Do you work on MB Air 6.1 as your main PC? Is everything going well? And what about battery life, is there any improvements since last update? :)) And lastly, do you think that 14.10 will fix all troubles? I really want to give Ubuntu a try.

    What do you think about that?
    Thank you…

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    1. Promethe Post author

      Hi

      I have a 6,2 that I use as my laptop and as a main PC a lot too. Ubuntu still has a few issues but nothing terrible. The battery life is approximately the same as MacOS I would say…

      But I’m using Jupiter. I guess it compensate the difference in “advanced” ACPI management with OSX.

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