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Re: Audio vs ASUS M2N-SLI Deluxe mobo

On Saturday 29 November 2008, Nigel Henry wrote:
>On Saturday 29 November 2008 06:46, Gene Heskett wrote:
>> Greetings;
>> Up2date reinstall of the latest FU8 respin.
>> The various audio devices found by an lspci -vv on this mobo are:
>> ======
>> 00:06.1 Audio device: nVidia Corporation MCP55 High Definition Audio (rev
>> a2) Subsystem: ASUSTeK Computer Inc. Unknown device 81f6
>>         Kernel driver in use: HDA Intel
>>         Kernel modules: snd-hda-intel
>> ======
>> 01:07.0 Multimedia audio controller: Creative Labs SB0400 Audigy2 Value
>>         Subsystem: Creative Labs Unknown device 1001
>>         Kernel driver in use: EMU10K1_Audigy
>>         Kernel modules: snd-emu10k1
>> =======
>> 03:00.1 Audio device: ATI Technologies Inc Unknown device aa10
>>         Subsystem: Diamond Multimedia Systems Unknown device aa10
>>         Kernel driver in use: HDA Intel
>>         Kernel modules: snd-hda-intel
>> =======
>> And there is also a pcHDTV-3000 which has a connexant audio but its
>> obviously a mic level output, and since tvtime doesn't work on the video
>> card associated with the last device listed above, the point is moot till
>> it does work.
>> The first device above I have not been able to get a peep out of, so I've
>> made the second one, the Audigy2, the default.  And I have NDI where to
>> plug anything that looks like audio into that ATI based HD-2400-Pro video
>> card, but lspci says its there.
>> Testing the sound for the audigy2 in system-config-soundcard works, but
>> places like utube are silent.  As is cnn et all since the last reboot.
>> 2 questions:
>> do we have a 'vu meter' that can be switched to monitor the various audio
>> inputs?
>> And when I had to reinstall, I see that pulseaudio was installed, and a
>> now frozen 'lsof|grep audio' returns this, but has not returned a prompt.
>> [root coyote cards]# lsof |grep audio
>> pulseaudi  3473      root  txt       REG        8,3    57972
>> 53801556 /usr/bin/pulseaudio
>> artsd      3528      root  mem       REG        8,3    96380
>> 53795593 /usr/lib/libaudio.so.2.4
>> artsd      3528      root  mem       REG        8,3   171580
>> 5603705 /usr/lib/libaudiofile.so.0.0.2
>> Is this yet another case where I need to remove as much PA as I can in
>> order to get working sound again, or is there a configurator for this PITA
>> that might be able to fix this?  The silence here is deafening.
>> Thanks.
>> --
>> Cheers, Gene
>Hi there Gene.
>I think I'd disable Pulseaudio temporarily, and you can do that by just
>removing the package, alsa-plugins-pulseaudio.

Now done, but not done an x restart yet.  Now I have, and I can now hear 
cnn.com's video's.

>If your using KDE, removing 
>that package will also remove the kde-settings-pulseaudio package. You can
>always reinstall them later, but IIRC Pulseaudio has problems with multiple
>cards, but I may be wrong there.

I believe you are correct at this point.

>Can you post the output from a few commands, as below.
>cat /proc/asound/cards
 0 [Audigy2        ]: Audigy2 - Audigy 2 Value [SB0400]
                      Audigy 2 Value [SB0400] (rev.0, serial:0x10011102) at 
0xac00, irq 17
 1 [NVidia         ]: HDA-Intel - HDA NVidia
                      HDA NVidia at 0xfe024000 irq 21
 2 [HDMI           ]: HDA-Intel - HDA ATI HDMI
                      HDA ATI HDMI at 0xfddfc000 irq 16

>cat /proc/asound/version
Advanced Linux Sound Architecture Driver Version 1.0.18rc3.
>grep ^Codec /proc/asound/card?/codec*
/proc/asound/card1/codec#0:Codec: Analog Devices AD1988B
/proc/asound/card2/codec#0:Codec: ATI ATI R6xx HDMI

>/sbin/lsmod | grep snd
snd_emu10k1_synth       7168  0
snd_emux_synth         32512  1 snd_emu10k1_synth
snd_seq_virmidi         6272  1 snd_emux_synth
snd_seq_midi_emul       6784  1 snd_emux_synth
snd_emu10k1           134560  2 snd_emu10k1_synth
snd_rawmidi            19968  2 snd_seq_virmidi,snd_emu10k1
snd_ac97_codec         97312  1 snd_emu10k1
ac97_bus                2432  1 snd_ac97_codec
snd_hda_intel         399664  2
snd_seq_dummy           3588  0
snd_seq_oss            29824  0
snd_seq_midi_event      7040  2 snd_seq_virmidi,snd_seq_oss
snd_seq                47664  8 
snd_pcm_oss            37888  0
snd_mixer_oss          14720  1 snd_pcm_oss
snd_pcm                66308  4 
snd_seq_device          7308  7 
snd_util_mem            4352  2 snd_emux_synth,snd_emu10k1
snd_timer              19976  3 snd_emu10k1,snd_seq,snd_pcm
snd_hwdep               7684  3 snd_emux_synth,snd_emu10k1,snd_hda_intel
snd                    48292  20 
snd_page_alloc          9224  3 snd_emu10k1,snd_hda_intel,snd_pcm
soundcore               7136  1 snd

>If you leave Pulseaudio enabled, alsamixer only shows a single control,

I've been using kmix, which can show all 3 'cards'.  Multiselector click bar.

>you can get to the controls for the individual cards (presuming they all
> show up in /proc/asound/cards), by opening alsamixer on the CLI, as below.
>alsamixer -D hw:0                (that's for card0)
Gets me the audigy2's controls
>alsamixer -D hw:1                (for card1, and so on)
Gets me the HDA-Nvidia controls
alsamixer -D hw:2
Gets me the single control for the
 Chip: ATI ATI R6xx HDMI
>You may need to set a model option for the onboard card in
> /etc/modprobe.conf, to get the necessary mixer controls to show up in
> alsamixer, or sometimes a model option is necessary just to get the card
> detected. Post back the stuff requested above first, as we need to know the
> codec that the hda intel card uses, so as to know which model options to
> try.

I am interested in the intel stuff only if it can do everything the Audigy2 
can.  If that's the case, I'll remove it from the machine.
>My Asus M2N-X Plus board has sound working out of the box, but to get a CD
>slider showing in alsamixer, I have to set a model option as below.
>options snd-hda-intel model=3stack-dig      (just an example)

My present /etc/modprobe.conf:
alias eth0 forcedeth
alias scsi_hostadapter libata
alias scsi_hostadapter1 pata_amd
alias scsi_hostadapter2 sata_nv
alias scsi_hostadapter3 pata_jmicron
alias scsi_hostadapter4 ahci
options snd cards_limit=8
alias snd-card-0 snd-emu10k1
options snd-emu10k1 index=0
alias snd-card-1 snd-hda-intel
options snd-hda-intel index=1
alias snd-card-2 snd-hda-intel
options snd-hda-intel index=2
alias snd-card-7 snd-usb-audio
options snd-usb-audio index=7
That is what re-arranges the card order to make the Audigy2 the default in 
previous incarnation of F8.
>I do have Fedora 8 on the machine with this mobo.
>All the best.

Thanks Nigel, a bunch.

Cheers, Gene
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