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Date:      Tue, 17 Mar 2009 08:57:39 +0100
From:      Alexander Leidinger <Alexander@Leidinger.net>
To:        jimmiejaz@gmail.com
Cc:        freebsd-questions@freebsd.org, multimedia@freebsd.org
Subject:   Re: snd_hda questions
Message-ID:  <20090317085739.107026pf46dpz6cg@webmail.leidinger.net>
In-Reply-To: <49BEDC04.1080202@gmail.com>
References:  <49BEDC04.1080202@gmail.com>

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Quoting Jimmie James <jimmiejaz@gmail.com> (from Mon, 16 Mar 2009 =20
19:08:52 -0400):

> With the recent snd_hda changes, I have more audio devices than ever:
> hdac0: HDA Codec #0: Realtek ALC880
> pcm0: <HDA Realtek ALC880 PCM #0 Digital> at cad 0 nid 1 on hdac0
> pcm1: <HDA Realtek ALC880 PCM #1 Analog> at cad 0 nid 1 on hdac0
> pcm2: <HDA Realtek ALC880 PCM #2 Analog> at cad 0 nid 1 on hdac0
> pcm3: <HDA Realtek ALC880 PCM #3 Analog> at cad 0 nid 1 on hdac0

The new HDA code supports more stuff of your HDA soundchip. As you can =20
see above you have controls for digital output (and maybe input) at =20
pcm0.

> With  hw.snd.default_unit=3D1 I have (adjusting vol and pcm changes =20
> volume level here.)
> Mixer vol      is currently set to  55:55
> Mixer pcm      is currently set to  50:50
> Mixer mix      is currently set to   0:0

Here you have probably the line-in and line-out jacks for analog data.

> With hw.snd.default_unit=3D2 I have (adjusting vol and pcm does =20
> nothing here, 0:0 or 100:100 nothing changes)
> Mixer vol      is currently set to   0:0
> Mixer pcm      is currently set to   0:0
> Mixer mic      is currently set to   0:0
> Mixer mix      is currently set to  60:60
> Mixer rec      is currently set to   0:0
> Recording source: mic

The new code knows about front-jacks and rear-jacks, is able to play =20
on multiple channels (think about discrete home cinema surround sound =20
like 5.1 or 7.1). What the above (and below refers to, I don't know, =20
you don't give enough info).

> With hw.snd.default_unit=3D3 I have
> Recording source:
>
> Mail notification sounds from Thunderbird are barely audible, and I =20
> can't control the volume for it.
> Can someone point me in the right direction to control/use the =20
> different pcm* devices, the man pages aren't totally clear to me.

You could look at /dev/sndstat (AFAIK the color codes of the jack are =20
listed there, but I'm not sure about this) and the verbose bootmessage =20
(boot -v), they give more information. You also need to test your =20
loudspeakers/headphone/whatever on each jack for each pcm device.

If the sound still does not work as expected with a recent version of =20
FreeBSD, you need to send the (HDA) messages from a verbose boot to =20
this list with a description of what does not work as expected.

Bye,
Alexander.

--=20
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