[alsa-devel] Idea about the laptop speakers

Alexander E. Patrakov patrakov at gmail.com
Thu Dec 11 05:40:01 CET 2008

Hello developers,

some time ago, people complained that the sound came out from both the 
laptop speakers and headphones. While in many cases this is not 
desirable, I think this effect (when configurable via opening a 
different PCM) can be useful in the following situation.

Suppose that you have a laptop as your main working machine. The headset 
is always connected, but you are not always near the laptop (e.g., think 
better if you walk in the room). Then, you configure (by telling it to 
open different devices) your SIP softphone to play voice through 
headphones only, but play ringtones through both headphones and 
speakers. Thus, you can walk in the room without being afraid to miss a 

Is the above proposal implementable?

Alexander E. Patrakov

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