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Re: How to enable surround 5.1 output on laptop

Alan Cox wrote:
On Thu, 10 Dec 2009 01:22:09 +0100
Major Péter <majorpetya sch bme hu> wrote:

My Sound card is Intel ICH8, so I guess this means, that my card isn't
supported. :(

Should be (depends on the actual codec your vendor used) - more likely the
problem is pulseaudio.


may be helpful

While this gives a method for getting around the limitations of PA, it certainly points out how manual these features are. In the days of oss the front and back channels showed up as two dsp devices (at least on some cards) and the application could be told what to use, including sending one source to the "front" dsp and another to the "back" dsp, allowing my remote speakers to please my wife while I listened to something else.

When ALSA first came out the channels could be changed in a GUI, now one must be root and edit text files to accomplish the same thing. And in a world where laptops are more common all the time, and better hardware is a dock or a plug away, instead of making the process as automated as plugging in a USB keyboard or a network cable.

Bill Davidsen <davidsen tmr com>
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