Did you try with another OS before to install Manjaro ? Like any other distro or non-Linux OS ?
You could also try to uninstall pulseaudio and install asla instead, there is alsa mixer with which you have the possibility to set the balance audio in command line to make some additional tests.
Yep, I had Windows 10 on this machine before, and the speakers did work.
It looks like I currently have both PulseAudio and alsa on this machine – I’m happy to uninstall PulseAudio to run some tests. But just to check, the audio should still work without PulseAudio, right? Or if it doesn’t, I should be able to reinstall, correct?
If so, would love to know what tests I could run from the command line to identify/resolve the issue via alsa. Thanks a lot!
You can also run “alsamixer” in a console for more visually controls.
But in any case, you may read man pages for both amixer or alsamixer and play with them.
And then use any audio player to see what you get (“aplay” if you want it in command line)
Wow, thanks for this - I seem to be getting somewhere! The good news is, this solved a different notorious issue with my machine: it comes with Beats Audio subfwoofers, but I could never get them to work. Playing around with the unconnected pin configs seems to have at least enabled Beats Audio – it’s always on, so I can’t toggle it on/off, but I’ll take it.
Now to the main issue: I’ve tried a few combinations, and what they all do achieve is to channel both left and right channels through the right speaker. Here’s how the setup looks:
I’m assuming each ‘channel’ (Internal speaker, Internal speaker (Back), Internal speaker (LFE)) can only be assigned to one of the unconnected pins (excluding the pre-connected 0x0d)? If so, then I’ve tried all 6 possible combinations of assigning these uniquely to each of 0x0e, 0x0f and 0x10.
In my case, sound only comes from the right channel. I couldn’t find an exact schematic for my machine, but assuming it’s the same as for the above user, the sound still isn’t coming from where it should be, in case my speaker is also center-right.
Could there be a different way to fix this? Thanks a lot for the help so far!
I guess to be more specific, by ‘different way’ I meant:
PulseAudio is also running on this machine. Should I uninstall this and try again?
Is there a diagnostic I can run on this machine (or through a USB) to test if this is a hardware or software problem? I tried the in-built HP Diagnostics tool at boot (by pressing Esc and then F2 right after power on), but it only had a memory test option, no audio test option.
Any other pointers most appreciated of course, haha. Thanks!
Thank you so much everyone. Unfortunately, I’ve had to be away from laptop for some time, but I should be able to test out audio from a flash drive and @nikgnomic’s tip by Thursday. Really appreciate your help, and will report back right away once I’m back online!