Sound is very flaky on Dell Inspiron running 21.10

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My Dell Inspiron 3501 is using the Cirrus Logic 8409 sound card. I did a fresh install of Kubuntu 21.10, and sound is very flaky. There does not seem to be a rhyme or reason when it works or not. Sometimes when i reboot, the sound comes back. Sometimes i need to plugin headphones and then unplug them (but that only works on the rare occasion the headphones are detected). Sometimes it stops working out of the blue. I am sure there is a reason, i just have not found a pattern yet. I tried all the recommendations, like "alsa force-reload", going into "alsamixer" and make sure everything is setup properly, but to no avail.

Has anybody had the same issue and resolved it? Or is more information needed?


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