[pulseaudio-discuss] Accessing audio as root
gene.heskett at gmail.com
Sun Jan 3 13:48:00 PST 2010
On Sunday 03 January 2010, Colin Guthrie wrote:
>'Twas brillig, and Gene Heskett at 03/01/10 17:48 did gyre and gimble:
>> And it seem like a doable, sane approach to the problem. A voice of
>> sanity midst the riot this could become.
>> But that still leaves PA's biggest problem for this user: It picks the
>> most obviously wrong choice in available audio outputs, whether they
>> exist or not in the hardware (in my case they don't physically exist),
>> and I have not found a way around that yet. A default install of mdv2010
>> on another drive here is silent, the only thing heard when booting it is
>> the thump in the speakers as udev starts & loads emu10k1.
>I'm a bit confused bu your mail to be honest. Can you explain what you
>meant a bit about which of your devices it's choosing? Do you have
>multiple sound cards?
Colin, I have posted several times about this, and usually simply ignored.
And yesm there are, according to the bus scanning done at bootup, 3 separate
audio systems in this machine.
1. There is an intel-hd or whatever its called, claim from my video card
that has no connection to the physical world that I can find, on my rv610
chipset based video card.
2. There is another intelhd chipset on the mother board that I suppose might
be able to make a few pitiful squeaks should I ever plug any amps & speakers
into it, and before PA, I was able to dedicate it for use by skype, but not
since PA arrived.
3. I have a 24 bit Audigy2 Value with about 64 i/o's that I use for
everything because it never runs out of headroom.
>pacmd ls output would be good.
[root at coyote etc]# pacmd ls
E: pacmd.c: No PulseAudio daemon running
However, from an lspci -v:
01:07.0 Multimedia audio controller: Creative Labs SB0400 Audigy2 Value
Subsystem: Creative Labs Device 1001
Flags: bus master, medium devsel, latency 32, IRQ 17
I/O ports at 9c00 [size=64]
Capabilities: [dc] Power Management version 2
Kernel driver in use: EMU10K1_Audigy
Kernel modules: snd-emu10k1
03:00.1 Audio device: ATI Technologies Inc RV610 audio device [Radeon HD 2400
Subsystem: Diamond Multimedia Systems Device aa10
Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0, IRQ 11
Memory at fddfc000 (64-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=16K]
Capabilities:  Power Management version 3
Capabilities:  Express Legacy Endpoint, MSI 00
Capabilities: [a0] Message Signalled Interrupts: Mask- 64bit+
Capabilities:  Vendor Specific Information <?>
The motherboard audio system is not found specifically because I build my own
kernels (currently running 2.6.32 final) and do not build its driver,
therefore simplifying the problem at the expense of losing skype, and that is
a shrug, as it's just a toy to annoy verizon with anyway. I do that on
general principles anyway. :-)
And when booted to mdv2010-x64, PA picks the video card device & I've used
every pa utility I could find to try and get it away from the 2nd device
above and bring some audio back to life, with no apparent effect. Also,
booted to mdv-2010-x64, the only place I can see the Audigy card is in lspci
and possibly dmesg. PA's tools can't find it.
I'll reboot and see what I find & report shortly.
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