[alsa-devel] via82xx DC offset at -30dB

Peter Plessas plessas at mur.at
Wed Oct 31 16:08:23 CET 2007

* Takashi Iwai <tiwai at suse.de> [2007-10-31 11:47]:
> At Mon, 29 Oct 2007 01:44:34 +0100,
> Peter Plessas wrote:
> > 
> > Dear List,
> > 
> > having a Compaq Presario notebook in front of me, running Debian testing
> > and a 2.6.18-4-686 kernel, i have a strange DC offset when trying to
> > record audio via the mic/line input. As the audacity level meters
> > suggest, it resides at -30dBFS.
> > Audio comes through and gets recorded though, but the offset severely
> > limits the headroom of course.
> > The sensitivity of the line/mic input seems to be quite high, although i
> > have the mic boost setting turned off of course.
> > Setting the module option ac97_quirk=yes did not help either.
> > Can it be that a soundcard of this strange behavior is manufactured, or
> > is it an alsa/driver issue? I really don't want to install another M$
> > operating system to check if it works there, so any help is deeply
> > appreciated.
> > 
> > lspci lists the device as:
> > 00:07.5 Multimedia audio controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82C686
> > AC97 Audio Controller (rev 20)
> AFAIK, there is no specific issue about recording (capture) in via82xx
> driver.  So, it should be likely about AC97 codec, if it really
> matters.
> The first thing is to show your mixer setting.  Run "alsactl -f
> somefile store" and the file contains the mixer status.  You can show
> here together with the contents of /proc/asound/card0/codec97#0/*
> files.
> Also, trying another apps, such as, arecord is a good test.  In
> addition, it's worth to upgrade the ALSA driver version, too.
> Takashio

I just checked with a windows installation, and there the DC is
appearing too. Also with arecord it is the same.
So it might really be the hardware... argh!

alsactl -f file:

cat /proc/asound/card0/codec97#0/:

I might need to get an external soundcard it seems. I wonder how hard it
is to find a working usb stereo card.

Thanks for the help!


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