So, I installed Ubuntu 11.10 on my laptop and everything went smoothly, except for the sound.
I consulted the Ubuntu Wiki and several other support sites, telling me to edit the ALSA configuration file and add a line to disable power management.
Before I did that though, I ran across a script that would collect information about my system and put it on the ALSA project page.
There is a line that says that power save was already disabled. It's as follows: "snd_hda_intel: power_save=0", so I did not edit the file because it'd be useless.
So, since that option is apparently out of question, what else can I do?
Some additional information: -Card: Realtek ALC662