[alsa-devel] Fixing my sound driver

Adrian McMenamin lkmladrian at gmail.com
Sun Jan 20 22:31:33 CET 2008

I am still trying to find out what is wrong with my sound driver - for
the Sega Dreamcast (sound/sh/aica.c). This works perfectly with the
OSS emulation layer but will not work with the ALSA layer per se.

As this shows - there is something wrong with how it interacts with
the PCM layer of alsa-lib:

$ aplay -l
**** List of PLAYBACK Hardware Devices ****
card 0: AICA [AICA], device 0: AICA PCM [AICA PCM]
  Subdevices: 1/1
  Subdevice #0: subdevice #0
$ aplay -L
    Discard all samples (playback) or generate zero samples (capture)

I have no reason to think that my build of alsa-lib is wrong - both
the automagic buildroot build and my own by-hand build behave the same

So therefore I assume it must be something in the driver?!

Some questions:

The driver implements nothing for capture (the AICA device is pure
playback) - could that have an effect?

What information must the driver pass to the PCM layer?

What could make the alsa-lib layer detect the card but then report
"null" is the only PCM device?


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