HDA Intel Alsa volume low

I’ve been having a problem where the volume level of my Dell Studio 17 notebook is just not loud enough when I’m running Linux.  I went to windows, to see if the problem was the same there, and I found that the volume in Windows…

vmware modules 2.6.30-rc3

If you are using VMware-Workstation-6.5.1-126130.x86_64, you will find that it does not work on kernels greater than or equal to 2.6.29.  The vmware modules will not load.  I found one patch for vmware to work with the Linux kernel 2.6.29 on the vmware forums, and…