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Old 01-04-2009, 12:21 AM
"Dean Chester"
 
Default ALSA Config

I noticed that this error came up on boot:
alsactl restore error message alsactl: set_control: 1269 : Failed to obtain info for control #24(no such file or directory) when it was trying to start alsa. So its to do with alsa not being able to restore the previous volumes properly.


Nigel here is the information you wanted.
dean@debian:~$ cat /proc/asound/version
Advanced Linux Sound Architecture Driver Version 1.0.16.
dean@debian:~$ uname -r
2.6.26-1-amd64
dean@debian:~$ grep ^Codec /proc/asound/card?/codec*

/proc/asound/card0/codec#0:Codec: SigmaTel STAC9228
/proc/asound/card0/codec#1:Codec: Conexant ID 2c06

BTW that is the problem as all the modules are loaded and unloaded successfully. I am unable to boot in to previous kernels as i have removed them(d'oh, stupid me).


Dean*

On Sat, Jan 3, 2009 at 11:33 PM, Nigel Henry <cave.dnb2m97pp@aliceadsl.fr> wrote:

On Saturday 03 January 2009 19:30, Dean Chester wrote:

> Update: I unloaded alsa with the command: alsa unload. now i can't get it

> to resume as it doesn't load any modules. I think this info might help us

> find a solution. Outputs of commands

> alsa unload:

> debian:~# alsa unload

> /usr/sbin/alsa: Warning: Processes using sound devices: 31575(wish8.5).

> Unloading ALSA sound driver modules: snd-hda-intel snd-mixer-oss snd-pcm

> snd-timer snd-page-alloc (failed: modules still loaded: snd-hda-intel

> snd-mixer-oss snd-pcm snd-timer snd-page-alloc).

> debian:~# alsa unload

> Unloading ALSA sound driver modules: snd-hda-intel snd-mixer-oss snd-pcm

> snd-timer snd-page-alloc.

> I left amsn running by mistake thats why it failed the first time.

>

> alsa resume:

> debian:~# alsa resume

> debian:~# alsa resume

> debian:~# alsa resume

>

> As you can see its not loading anything. Hope this helps.

> Dean



Hi Dean.



I havn't played around with alsa unload/alsa resume before, but when you

reboot, are the alsa modules loaded again (lsmod | grep snd), and is the

soundcard detected, as when running.

cat /proc/asound/cards



Don't post the output, a yes, or no is ok.



Also please post the output of the following.



cat /proc/asound/version

uname -r

grep ^Codec /proc/asound/card?/codec*



There are some model options for the STAC9228 codec, as listed below. Try them

out one at a time in /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base, and obviously reboot to try

each one.



STAC9227/9228/9229/927x

* ref *Reference board

* 3stack D965 3stack

* 5stack D965 5stack + SPDIF

* dell-3stack Dell Dimension E520

* dell-bios Fixes with Dell BIOS setup



The "ref" one is the default, but try the others. The above options are for

the alsa driver 1.0.17, and also apply to alsa driver 1.0.18a.



Example options line below.



options snd-hda-intel model=3stack



I'm thinking that there may be some slider missing in alsamixer when you boot

the machine up, but when you run alsaconf, for some reason or other the

correct mixer elements are displayed in alsamixer, which is why the sounds

then work.



If you have an earlier kernel installed, try booting with that, as some

kernels can have problems with sounds.



Just some suggestions from someone trying to help others to get sounds

working.



Nigel.





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Old 01-05-2009, 12:11 AM
Nigel Henry
 
Default ALSA Config

On Sunday 04 January 2009 02:21, Dean Chester wrote:
> I noticed that this error came up on boot:
> alsactl restore error message alsactl: set_control: 1269 : Failed to obtain
> info for control #24(no such file or directory) when it was trying to start
> alsa. So its to do with alsa not being able to restore the previous volumes
> properly.
>
> Nigel here is the information you wanted.
> dean@debian:~$ cat /proc/asound/version
> Advanced Linux Sound Architecture Driver Version 1.0.16.
> dean@debian:~$ uname -r
> 2.6.26-1-amd64
> dean@debian:~$ grep ^Codec /proc/asound/card?/codec*
> /proc/asound/card0/codec#0:Codec: SigmaTel STAC9228
> /proc/asound/card0/codec#1:Codec: Conexant ID 2c06

Hi Dean.

Ok. the codecs above are ok. The conexant one is probably for a sound
component on an onboard modem.

Did you try the various model options that are listed below from my previous
post. You may find that one of these provides a needed slider in alsamixer,
and would explain why you have no sounds when booting up at the moment, until
you run alsaconf. Why though running alsaconf should find more than what is
done at bootup, I don't know.

I don't know how new your Dell vostro 1400 is, but Sid is still using the alsa
driver 1.0.16, and the alsa driver is being patched continually to resolve
sound problems with various codecs. It may be worth upgrading the alsa
driver. Link below for the latest.

http://alsa-project.org/main/index.php/Main_Page

If your not sure of the packages that need to be installed to upgrade the alsa
driver, and the procedure, post me back.

Looking at the model options for the 1.0.16 alsa driver, there are only 4, and
the first is the default "ref".

STAC9227/9228/9229/927x
ref Reference board
3stack D965 3stack
5stack D965 5stack + SPDIF
dell-3stack Dell Dimension E520

For the 1.0.17, and later alsa drivers, there is an additional model option,
this may not make any difference in your case, but you never know.

STAC9227/9228/9229/927x
ref Reference board
3stack D965 3stack
5stack D965 5stack + SPDIF
dell-3stack Dell Dimension E520
dell-bios Fixes with Dell BIOS setup


>
> BTW that is the problem as all the modules are loaded and unloaded
> successfully. I am unable to boot in to previous kernels as i have removed
> them(d'oh, stupid me).

I admit that I do keep all kernels, unless they just no longer work on an
upgraded version of Debian (2.4.27 still works on Etch, but not on Lenny). I
know it's old, but if it works keep it. Older kernels are always good for
comparison, if you have problems with something or other.

Anyway. You've only got one, so are stuck with it.

Try the various model options for the 1.0.16 alsa driver, and see if you get
additional sliders on alsamixer, that may or may not get some sounds out of
your machine,

If not, I'd go for upgrading the alsa driver to 1.0.18a, and try the various
model options again, including the extra one. As I say above, if you're not
sure of the packages that need to be installed, or the procedure, just ask.

All the best.

Nigel.
>
> Dean
>
> On Sat, Jan 3, 2009 at 11:33 PM, Nigel Henry
<cave.dnb2m97pp@aliceadsl.fr>wrote:
> > On Saturday 03 January 2009 19:30, Dean Chester wrote:
> > > Update: I unloaded alsa with the command: alsa unload. now i can't get
> > > it to resume as it doesn't load any modules. I think this info might
> > > help us find a solution. Outputs of commands
> > > alsa unload:
> > > debian:~# alsa unload
> > > /usr/sbin/alsa: Warning: Processes using sound devices: 31575(wish8.5).
> > > Unloading ALSA sound driver modules: snd-hda-intel snd-mixer-oss
> > > snd-pcm snd-timer snd-page-alloc (failed: modules still loaded:
> > > snd-hda-intel snd-mixer-oss snd-pcm snd-timer snd-page-alloc).
> > > debian:~# alsa unload
> > > Unloading ALSA sound driver modules: snd-hda-intel snd-mixer-oss
> > > snd-pcm snd-timer snd-page-alloc.
> > > I left amsn running by mistake thats why it failed the first time.
> > >
> > > alsa resume:
> > > debian:~# alsa resume
> > > debian:~# alsa resume
> > > debian:~# alsa resume
> > >
> > > As you can see its not loading anything. Hope this helps.
> > > Dean
> >
> > Hi Dean.
> >
> > I havn't played around with alsa unload/alsa resume before, but when you
> > reboot, are the alsa modules loaded again (lsmod | grep snd), and is the
> > soundcard detected, as when running.
> > cat /proc/asound/cards
> >
> > Don't post the output, a yes, or no is ok.
> >
> > Also please post the output of the following.
> >
> > cat /proc/asound/version
> > uname -r
> > grep ^Codec /proc/asound/card?/codec*
> >
> > There are some model options for the STAC9228 codec, as listed below. Try
> > them
> > out one at a time in /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base, and obviously reboot to
> > try each one.
> >
> > STAC9227/9228/9229/927x
> > ref Reference board
> > 3stack D965 3stack
> > 5stack D965 5stack + SPDIF
> > dell-3stack Dell Dimension E520
> > dell-bios Fixes with Dell BIOS setup
> >
> > The "ref" one is the default, but try the others. The above options are
> > for the alsa driver 1.0.17, and also apply to alsa driver 1.0.18a.
> >
> > Example options line below.
> >
> > options snd-hda-intel model=3stack
> >
> > I'm thinking that there may be some slider missing in alsamixer when you
> > boot
> > the machine up, but when you run alsaconf, for some reason or other the
> > correct mixer elements are displayed in alsamixer, which is why the
> > sounds then work.
> >
> > If you have an earlier kernel installed, try booting with that, as some
> > kernels can have problems with sounds.
> >
> > Just some suggestions from someone trying to help others to get sounds
> > working.
> >
> > Nigel.
> >
> >
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