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Author Topic: Having trouble getting audio / sound in VL 5.8 SOHO  (Read 1606 times)
valuequest
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« on: September 22, 2007, 08:38:23 pm »

Hello all -
I've tried everything I can think of to produce audio and had no luck so far, so here I am asking for your help with troubleshooting.  Here are some outputs describing the current state of the system.

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root:# aplay -l
**** List of PLAYBACK Hardware Devices ****
card 0: AudioPCI [Ensoniq AudioPCI], device 0: ES1371/1 [ES1371 DAC2/ADC]
  Subdevices: 0/1
  Subdevice #0: subdevice #0
card 0: AudioPCI [Ensoniq AudioPCI], device 1: ES1371/2 [ES1371 DAC1]
  Subdevices: 1/1
  Subdevice #0: subdevice #0

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root:# slapt-get --installed | grep alsa
alsa-lib-1.0.11-i586-4vl58 [inst=yes]: alsa-lib (Advanced Linux Sound Architecture library)
alsa-oss-1.0.11-i586-4vl58 [inst=yes]: alsa-oss (library/wrapper to use OSS programs with ALSA)
alsa-plugins-1.0.11-i586-4vl58 [inst=yes]: alsa-plugins (ALSA extensions)
alsa-utils-1.0.11-i586-4vl58 [inst=yes]: alsa-utils (ALSA utilities)

I have checked my alsamixer settings -- neither the Master nor Master Mono settings are muted.

I have also turned the Control Center -> Sound System -> Enable the sound system setting to OFF.

What else might I do to troubleshoot? Huh
« Last Edit: September 23, 2007, 12:41:09 pm by valuequest » Logged
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« Reply #1 on: September 23, 2007, 12:08:21 am »

One thing you could try more extensively is changing the settings in your mixer. For instance, on my laptop I have to enable the "External Amplifier" option. just play a cd, or some mp3's, open 'kmix', and go to the "Switches" tab. You'll want to try at least the external amplifier option. 
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« Reply #2 on: September 23, 2007, 12:53:34 am »

Also try turning off "headphone sense", "line sense" (or something similar).
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« Reply #3 on: September 23, 2007, 08:55:21 am »

Thanks for the quick replies The Headacher and Joe1962.  The only switch options I see in kmix are these:

3D Control Switch     (tried this switch - no joy)
Mic boost (+20dB)
IEC958                     (tried this too - no joy)
Mix                           (apparently Mix and Mix Mono switches are
Mix Mono                    mutually exclusive - tried both - no joy)
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Off-hook

I don't see any kind of switches or slider bars labeled 'External Amplifier'.  I have the control in the input section labeled 'Line' muted.

I know the speakers are plugged in correctly since both Windows and my old 5.0 SOHO installation both produce sound just fine.  So far as I can tell the software recognizes the Ensoniq ES1371 hardware OK but for some reason I just can't get any sound out.  Is anything unusual about the two separate device listings returned from the aplay -l command?

Maybe I need to check the permissions on some file that alsa uses ... ?
« Last Edit: September 23, 2007, 03:03:44 pm by valuequest » Logged
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« Reply #4 on: October 09, 2007, 05:54:06 pm »

Well I dug further and came across a shell script to aid ALSA audio debugging at the ALSA wiki.  I only see one thing in the Proc Asound section which seems like it might be a problem... would a missing /proc/asound/hwdep file prevent sound?  Does anything else here look unusual to you?  Is anything missing which might explain why I can't get sound out of ALSA?
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root:# aadebug
ALSA Audio Debug v0.1.0 - Tue Oct  9 21:38:29 EST 2007
http://alsa.opensrc.org/aadebug
http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl.txt

Kernel ----------------------------------------------------
Linux desk-vl 2.6.20.3 #1 SMP PREEMPT Sat May 12 21:38:17 MDT 2007 i686 pentium3 i386 GNU/Linux

Loaded Modules --------------------------------------------
snd_seq_dummy           3980  0
snd_seq_oss            30208  0
snd_seq_midi_event      6912  1 snd_seq_oss
snd_seq                47344  5 snd_seq_dummy,snd_seq_oss,snd_seq_midi_event
snd_pcm_oss            42176  0
snd_mixer_oss          15616  1 snd_pcm_oss
snd_ens1371            22304  2
snd_rawmidi            20032  1 snd_ens1371
snd_seq_device          7308  4 snd_seq_dummy,snd_seq_oss,snd_seq,snd_rawmidi
snd_ac97_codec         92332  1 snd_ens1371
snd_pcm                70540  4 snd_pcm_oss,snd_ens1371,snd_ac97_codec
snd_timer              20744  3 snd_seq,snd_pcm
snd                    44644  12 snd_seq_oss,snd_seq,snd_pcm_oss,snd_mixer_oss,snd_ens1371,snd_rawmidi,snd_seq_device,snd_ac97_codec,snd_pcm,snd_timer
snd_page_alloc          8712  1 snd_pcm

Proc Config -----------------------------------------------
CONFIG_SOUND=m
CONFIG_SND=m
CONFIG_SND_TIMER=m
CONFIG_SND_PCM=m
CONFIG_SND_HWDEP=m
CONFIG_SND_RAWMIDI=m
CONFIG_SND_SEQUENCER=m
CONFIG_SND_SEQ_DUMMY=m
CONFIG_SND_OSSEMUL=y
CONFIG_SND_MIXER_OSS=m
CONFIG_SND_PCM_OSS=m
CONFIG_SND_PCM_OSS_PLUGINS=y
CONFIG_SND_SEQUENCER_OSS=y
CONFIG_SND_RTCTIMER=m
CONFIG_SND_SEQ_RTCTIMER_DEFAULT=y
# CONFIG_SND_DYNAMIC_MINORS is not set
CONFIG_SND_SUPPORT_OLD_API=y
CONFIG_SND_VERBOSE_PROCFS=y
# CONFIG_SND_VERBOSE_PRINTK is not set
# CONFIG_SND_DEBUG is not set
CONFIG_SND_MPU401_UART=m
CONFIG_SND_OPL3_LIB=m
CONFIG_SND_OPL4_LIB=m
CONFIG_SND_VX_LIB=m
CONFIG_SND_AC97_CODEC=m
CONFIG_SND_DUMMY=m
CONFIG_SND_VIRMIDI=m
CONFIG_SND_MTPAV=m
CONFIG_SND_MTS64=m
CONFIG_SND_SERIAL_U16550=m
CONFIG_SND_MPU401=m
CONFIG_SND_AD1848_LIB=m
CONFIG_SND_CS4231_LIB=m
CONFIG_SND_ADLIB=m
CONFIG_SND_AD1816A=m
CONFIG_SND_AD1848=m
CONFIG_SND_ALS100=m
CONFIG_SND_AZT2320=m
CONFIG_SND_CMI8330=m
CONFIG_SND_CS4231=m
CONFIG_SND_CS4232=m
CONFIG_SND_CS4236=m
CONFIG_SND_DT019X=m
CONFIG_SND_ES968=m
CONFIG_SND_ES1688=m
CONFIG_SND_ES18XX=m
CONFIG_SND_GUS_SYNTH=m
CONFIG_SND_GUSCLASSIC=m
CONFIG_SND_GUSEXTREME=m
CONFIG_SND_GUSMAX=m
CONFIG_SND_INTERWAVE=m
CONFIG_SND_INTERWAVE_STB=m
CONFIG_SND_OPL3SA2=m
CONFIG_SND_OPTI92X_AD1848=m
CONFIG_SND_OPTI92X_CS4231=m
CONFIG_SND_OPTI93X=m
CONFIG_SND_MIRO=m
CONFIG_SND_SB8=m
CONFIG_SND_SB16=m
CONFIG_SND_SBAWE=m
CONFIG_SND_SB16_CSP=y
CONFIG_SND_SGALAXY=m
CONFIG_SND_SSCAPE=m
CONFIG_SND_WAVEFRONT=m
CONFIG_SND_AD1889=m
CONFIG_SND_ALS300=m
CONFIG_SND_ALS4000=m
CONFIG_SND_ALI5451=m
CONFIG_SND_ATIIXP=m
CONFIG_SND_ATIIXP_MODEM=m
CONFIG_SND_AU8810=m
CONFIG_SND_AU8820=m
CONFIG_SND_AU8830=m
CONFIG_SND_AZT3328=m
CONFIG_SND_BT87X=m
CONFIG_SND_BT87X_OVERCLOCK=y
CONFIG_SND_CA0106=m
CONFIG_SND_CMIPCI=m
CONFIG_SND_CS4281=m
CONFIG_SND_CS46XX=m
CONFIG_SND_CS46XX_NEW_DSP=y
CONFIG_SND_CS5535AUDIO=m
CONFIG_SND_DARLA20=m
CONFIG_SND_GINA20=m
CONFIG_SND_LAYLA20=m
CONFIG_SND_DARLA24=m
CONFIG_SND_GINA24=m
CONFIG_SND_LAYLA24=m
CONFIG_SND_MONA=m
CONFIG_SND_MIA=m
CONFIG_SND_ECHO3G=m
CONFIG_SND_INDIGO=m
CONFIG_SND_INDIGOIO=m
CONFIG_SND_INDIGODJ=m
CONFIG_SND_EMU10K1=m
CONFIG_SND_EMU10K1X=m
CONFIG_SND_ENS1370=m
CONFIG_SND_ENS1371=m
CONFIG_SND_ES1938=m
CONFIG_SND_ES1968=m
CONFIG_SND_FM801=m
CONFIG_SND_FM801_TEA575X_BOOL=y
CONFIG_SND_FM801_TEA575X=m
CONFIG_SND_HDA_INTEL=m
CONFIG_SND_HDSP=m
CONFIG_SND_HDSPM=m
CONFIG_SND_ICE1712=m
CONFIG_SND_ICE1724=m
CONFIG_SND_INTEL8X0=m
CONFIG_SND_INTEL8X0M=m
CONFIG_SND_KORG1212=m
CONFIG_SND_MAESTRO3=m
CONFIG_SND_MIXART=m
CONFIG_SND_NM256=m
CONFIG_SND_PCXHR=m
CONFIG_SND_RIPTIDE=m
CONFIG_SND_RME32=m
CONFIG_SND_RME96=m
CONFIG_SND_RME9652=m
CONFIG_SND_SONICVIBES=m
CONFIG_SND_TRIDENT=m
CONFIG_SND_VIA82XX=m
CONFIG_SND_VIA82XX_MODEM=m
CONFIG_SND_VX222=m
CONFIG_SND_YMFPCI=m
CONFIG_SND_AC97_POWER_SAVE=y
CONFIG_SND_USB_AUDIO=m
CONFIG_SND_USB_USX2Y=m
CONFIG_SND_VXPOCKET=m
CONFIG_SND_PDAUDIOCF=m
# CONFIG_SOUND_PRIME is not set

Modprobe Conf ---------------------------------------------

Proc Asound -----------------------------------------------
Advanced Linux Sound Architecture Driver Version 1.0.14rc1 (Tue Jan 09 09:56:17 2007 UTC).
 0 [AudioPCI       ]: ENS1371 - Ensoniq AudioPCI
                      Ensoniq AudioPCI ENS1371 at 0xc800, irq 11
  0: [ 0]   : control
  1:        : sequencer
  8: [ 0- 0]: raw midi
 16: [ 0- 0]: digital audio playback
 17: [ 0- 1]: digital audio playback
 24: [ 0- 0]: digital audio capture
 33:        : timer
cat: /proc/asound/hwdep: No such file or directory
00-01: ES1371/2 : ES1371 DAC1 : playback 1
00-00: ES1371/1 : ES1371 DAC2/ADC : playback 1 : capture 1
Client info
  cur  clients : 3
  peak clients : 3
  max  clients : 192

Client   0 : "System" [Kernel]
  Port   0 : "Timer" (Rwe-)
  Port   1 : "Announce" (R-e-)
    Connecting To: 15:0
Client  14 : "Midi Through" [Kernel]
  Port   0 : "Midi Through Port-0" (RWe-)
Client  15 : "OSS sequencer" [Kernel]
  Port   0 : "Receiver" (-we-)
    Connected From: 0:1
Client  16 : "Ensoniq AudioPCI" [Kernel]
  Port   0 : "ES1371" (RWeX)

Dev Snd ---------------------------------------------------
controlC0  midiC0D0  pcmC0D0c  pcmC0D0p  pcmC0D1p  seq  timer

CPU -------------------------------------------------------
model name      : Pentium III (Coppermine)
cpu MHz         : 599.804

RAM -------------------------------------------------------
MemTotal:       251604 kB
SwapTotal:      257032 kB

Hardware --------------------------------------------------
00:00.0 Host bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82C693A/694x [Apollo PRO133x] (rev c4)
00:07.3 Host bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82C596 Power Management (rev 30)
00:0e.0 Multimedia audio controller: Ensoniq ES1371 [AudioPCI-97] (rev 08)
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