EDIT 3:: Putting this one up top because I fixed the issue with the sound. Unfortunately there's no way to fix it in the live image, but I installed KaOS onto an external HDD for giggles, removed the sof folders under /lib/firmware/intel/, and installed sof-bin-2.2 from here: https://github.com/thesofproject/sof-bin/releases/download/v2.2/sof-bin-v2.2.tar.gz (I probably could have used 2.2.2 but figured I'd just try an older version just in case.)
TLDR; firmware issue. I needed to reboot to apply the changes. I'll leave my rambling below in case you feel the need to follow my train of thought.
For anyone trying to follow along, commands below:
sudo rm -r /lib/firmware/intel/sof*
sudo ./Downloads/sof-bin-v2.2/install.sh v2.2
Re- sound issues.
I tested two laptops, my 2021 Acer swift, and my 2016 HP stream. I DO get sound on the HP, an older device. I also get sound on the current version of Pop_OS! on my Acer swift.
Below are 3 pastebins- KaOS on the HP, KaOS on the Acer, and Pop_OS on the Acer. I ran $ inxi -Fxz and $ lspci.
HP Stream - https://pastebin.com/sEBjTmDJ
Acer Swift - KaOS (no sound) - https://pastebin.com/J0GVBrww
Acer Swift - Pop_OS! - https://pastebin.com/zH4YhinT
Thanks for answering my stupid questions about the other stuff! I understand and agree with the decisions made, just curious and exploring the distro 😃
Edit:: I'm looking through the pastebins and really can't see a difference between Pop and KaOS when it comes to audio. Clearly both OS's see the hardware, yet for whatever reason KaOS isn't using it as an output. May be it's an issue with the audio server? I know nothing about pipewire and can barely figure out pulse so I don't think I could be too helpful there.
Edit 2:: I booted back into the live USB for KaOS and actually bothered to read the errors that popped up. They are below:
Starting version 251
Mounted kdeosiso volume successfully.
8.5980891C T2081 sof-audio-pci-intel-tgl 0000:00:1f.3: error: sof firmware file is missing, you might need to
T2081 sof-audio-pci-intel-tg1 0000:00:1.3:
download it from https://github.com/thesofproject/sof-bin/
T2081 sof-audio-pci-intel-gl 0000:00:1.3: error: failed to load DSP firmware -2
T2083 sof-audio-pci-intel-tgi0800:00:1f.3: error: sof_probe_work failed err:
9.71107530 T4191 Bluetooth: hci0: Malformed MST vendor event: B×82