Quite a few brands of laptop come with beats audio hardware these days. My actual model is a HP Envy 17″.

When I first installed Ubuntu 14.04 I noticed the sound was very tinny and just didnt sound right at all, then I figured out that the sound wasn’t actually coming out of all the speakers on the laptop.

The only solution that I have found so far is to retask the audio using “HDAJackRetask” which is part of the “alsa-tools-gui” package.


Fire up a terminal and install the package we need by doing –

sudo apt-get install alsa-tools-gui

Once installed head over to the dash and start typing HDA until you see the Icon for HDAJackRetask appear then run the application.

Screenshot from 2014-04-30 14:35:27


Once ran, select your codec and stick a tick in the box which says “Show Unconnected Pins” and just copy my configuration from the screen shot below.

HDA Jack Retask

Click Apply now to test, You should see that the sound is a lot better than before. Once you’re happy with it hit “Install Boot Override”

Hope this helps someone, if you know of any other way to get this working please comment I’d love to hear your solutions.

This guide also works within Fedora 20.


James Smith

Security Researcher, Penetration Tester & Linux Advocate


Sergio Lepore · July 20, 2014 at 12:02 am

Thank you!

Devashish · August 10, 2014 at 2:36 pm

What it did to My HP Envy 15 J110tx is that the 2 speakers on top which were not working initially started working but the two at the front bottom are now not working.. any suggestions?

Devashish · August 10, 2014 at 2:49 pm

What it did to My HP Envy 15 J110tx is that the 2 speakers on top which were not working initially started working but the two at the front bottom are now not working.. any suggestions are welcome!

EDIT: now i changed some of the settings and it worked all fine but the subwoofer one stopped

    Waqar · November 11, 2014 at 10:06 am

    Hi sorry to bother you, but can you please what did you do regarding the graphics cards switching from intel hd to nvidia & vice versa as i dont have any option to switch graphics card right now. thanks

Ricardo · September 17, 2014 at 2:10 am

Thanks!!! This configuration works away better than others that I found for my Envy 15.

    smittix · September 17, 2014 at 7:04 am

    Glad it helped you thanks for letting me know!

ZiglioNZ · November 15, 2014 at 10:40 pm

You’re awesome, man!
Much better now, makes an awful sound into a barely acceptable one on my HP 17 too.
Now on this laptop, the sound definitely comes from the right side, which is a side effect of having a mid range woofer that has been placed on one side.

ZiglioNZ · November 16, 2014 at 9:29 pm

Question: the audio mixer still shows subwoofer as disabled, and any other speaker. Have you managed to enable them in the mixer to, or do you use any other tool? thx

Juan Diego Salcedo Salazar · December 13, 2014 at 2:42 am

Thanks you, really helped!

pedro ramirez · April 30, 2015 at 9:27 pm

Great, thanks! it worked

Syed Raza Khalid · May 17, 2015 at 7:52 pm

I have tried your suggestion it helps but not, When i restart my laptop it was working for 10 mins maximum Sound stops. When i open the configuration again it showing me not connected option only??? Please see attached screen. Hope it help to understand issue am facing..

Asim Qasımzade · May 23, 2015 at 2:03 pm

It works!!! Thank you very much!

Vulcano · July 31, 2015 at 1:27 am

Thank you a lot…. Metal!!! lml

Rodolfo Silva · September 5, 2015 at 2:07 pm


Brian · December 7, 2015 at 11:44 pm

This worked perfectly for me on 14.04.3 LTS!!!!
Unfortunately it doesn’t seem to work in 15.10. 🙁
Hopefully it will work in 16.04 or maybe they’ll update the driver to work out of the box.

Thanks a million for this.

Lewis Cowles · April 1, 2016 at 10:28 am

Just to say it works for me on 17″ HP Envy Notebook Ubuntu 16.04. Thanks you really saved me time messing with config’s. I don’t know if it makes the subwoofer work, but it certainly helped improve the sound quality!

jarah · March 1, 2017 at 1:18 pm

thank you so much. it worked

diabolik (@evakent62) · March 27, 2017 at 7:44 am

@smittix could you tell me your exact model hp dv7 envy?
my model is hp el7390

    James Smith · December 11, 2018 at 10:22 pm

    Hi I’m afraid I don’t have this laptop anymore.

Felipe Farias · June 18, 2017 at 1:25 am

This work for me THX!
HP ENVY m6 ubuntu 16.04

rapidcare2000 · November 6, 2018 at 2:23 am

Thanks a lot worked perfectly on HP Envy 17

Xavier · February 23, 2019 at 2:16 pm

I found one setting that differs from above on m Envy 15.. 0x10 set to Internal Speaker (LFE)

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