Dell XPS13/XPS15 white noise via audio

20 Nov 2014 in TIL

Just a quick post to make a copy of a script that I'd rather not lose. By default, the XPS15 has a fairly quiet white noise hiss when using headphones without any sound playing. Someone linked me to this script and I wanted to reproduce it here just in case I need it in future.

Save it as and run with sudo python

#!/usr/bin/env python

import os
import struct
from fcntl import ioctl

def __ioctl_val(val):
# workaround for OverFlow bug in python 2.4
if val & 0x80000000:
return -((val^0xffffffff)+1)
return val

IOCTL_INFO = __ioctl_val(0x80dc4801)
IOCTL_PVERSION = __ioctl_val(0x80044810)
IOCTL_VERB_WRITE = __ioctl_val(0xc0084811)

def set(nid, verb, param):
verb = (nid << 24) | (verb << 8) | param
res = ioctl(FD, IOCTL_VERB_WRITE, struct.pack('II', verb, 0))

FD ="/dev/snd/hwC1D0", os.O_RDONLY)
info = struct.pack('Ii64s80si64s', 0, 0, '', '', 0, '')
res = ioctl(FD, IOCTL_INFO, info)
name = struct.unpack('Ii64s80si64s', res)[3]
if not name.startswith('HDA Codec'):
raise IOError, "unknown HDA hwdep interface"
res = ioctl(FD, IOCTL_PVERSION, struct.pack('I', 0))
version = struct.unpack('I', res)
if version < 0x00010000: # 1.0.0
raise IOError, "unknown HDA hwdep version"

# initialization sequence starts here...

set(0x0c, 0x300, 0x5180) # 0x0c035180 (SET_AMP_GAIN_MUTE)
set(0x0c, 0x300, 0x6180) # 0x0c036180 (SET_AMP_GAIN_MUTE)