[alsa-devel] No state is present for card CMI8738

Tomas Pospisek's Mailing Lists tpo2 at sourcepole.ch
Wed May 16 00:28:02 CEST 2007

Since alsa-user is rather ... errr ... silent, I dare to repost the same 
question here.

I've seen that Alsa likes the Terratec cards, however since they're also 
based on the CMI chipset, and at least /my/ onboard CMI chipset here sucks 
badly I wonder what low cost card I can use?

I hope somebody can give me a clue,

PS: Mic input is barely loud enough with my onboard sound. Mic boost has
     no effect.

   Tomas Pospisek
   http://sourcepole.com -  Linux & Open Source Solutions

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Date: Mon, 14 May 2007 14:39:36 +0200 (CEST)
From: Tomas Pospisek's Mailing Lists <tpo2 at sourcepole.ch>
To: alsa-user at lists.sourceforge.net
Subject: [Alsa-user] No state is present for card CMI8738

The following is my problem:

$ alsactl -f .alsavoip restore
No state is present for card CMI8738

I see this "sometimes". Sometimes the above works and sometimes it returns
with that error message.

It needs to be noted that I am suspending to ram. Nevertheless, the
behaveour is not consistent in between "s2ram"s and I don't know whether
that has anything to do with it either.

It also needs to be noted that alsamixer *never* has any problems
accessing the card. But even after changing the card settings with
alsamixer, alsactl will keep on repeating that error message.

* $ lspci
    00:0d.0 Multimedia audio controller: C-Media Electronics Inc CM8738 (rev 10)

* alsa userspace is at 1.0.13
* kernel is Debian's 2.6.18-4-686

Further, minor problems:

* After waking up from suspend the card looses its microphone   settings -
    that is - "Mic Capture" is allway reset to zero.

* Further on the choice to hide the microphone setting "Mic Capture" in
    alsamixer behind F5 irritates me a bit - there are *a lot* of very
    obscure settings (such as "IEC958 5V" - huh?), that are displayed by

What's up with that error above? What does it mean? Is there any
way I can fix or circumvent it? Anybody a hint?

    Tomas Pospisek
    http://sourcepole.com -  Linux & Open Source Solutions

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