[alsa-devel] Intel ICH7/Realtek ALC262 on MSI MS-7290 (Crystal 945)

Matthew Hurne matt.hurne at versatile.com
Thu Jan 31 02:45:52 CET 2008

The company I work for has informed me that they will gladly provide funding to someone who will tackle this issue and get ALSA working properly on this unit. We have no interest in owning any code; we just need to get audio working on the unit - so you would be paid for your time, not your code - that would, of course, belong to the ALSA community.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Matthew R. Hurne" <matt.hurne at versatile.com>
To: alsa-devel at alsa-project.org
Sent: Wednesday, January 23, 2008 1:11:42 PM (GMT-0500) America/New_York
Subject: Re: [alsa-devel] Intel ICH7/Realtek ALC262 on MSI MS-7290 (Crystal 945)

Matthew R. Hurne wrote:
> Greetings,
> I am running Linux on an MSI Crystal 945, which has a highly-integrated
> MS-7290 mainboard.  This board includes an Intel ICH7 southbridge and a
> Realtek ALC262 codec.  The board has integrated microphone, line-in and
> line-out jacks (labeled AUDIO-JK1 on the board).  In addition, the unit
> has internal speakers.  The speakers are connected to an MSI MS-4088; a
> small board which also hosts the unit's power button.  The MS-4088 is
> connected to the MS-7290 mainboard with some bundled wires.
> ALSA appears to accurately determine that the unit has an ICH7 and
> ALC262, and I am able to use alsamixer to adjust levels.  I am also able
> to use aplay without any reported errors.  However, no audio is heard
> from the units internal speakers.  I have passed every possible model
> (as listed in ALSA-Configuration.txt) to the ALSA driver
> (snd-hda-intel), to no avail.  For some of the models (or perhaps all; I
> unfortunately did not pay close attention to this detail), audio IS
> heard through headphones plugged in to the unit's line-out jack.
> However, the audio heard is at an extremely low volume, even if all the
> mixer levels are unmuted and set to 100%.  Note that if the driver is
> loaded without specifying a model, or when specifying "model=auto", I
> see the following from dmesg:
> hda_codec: Unknown model for ALC262, trying auto-probe from BIOS...
> I have tried the following versions of ALSA: 1.0.14, 1.0.15, 1.0.16rc1.
> The unit is running Linux kernel version; it is vanilla
> patched for unionfs, squashfs and bootsplash.
> I am attaching the contents of /proc/asound/card0/codec#0 and lspci -vv.
>  I also have a graph generated by codecgraph, but won't attach it now
> since it will cause my message to be large enough to await moderator
> approval.
> The version of GCC used to compile ALSA is 3.3.5:
> root at kiosk:~# gcc -v
> Reading specs from /usr/lib/gcc-lib/i486-slackware-linux/3.3.5/specs
> Configured with: ../gcc-3.3.5/configure --prefix=/usr --enable-shared
> --enable-threads=posix --enable-__cxa_atexit --disable-checking
> --with-gnu-ld --verbose --target=i486-slackware-linux
> --host=i486-slackware-linux
> Thread model: posix
> gcc version 3.3.5
> I would not be surprised if this is a board configuration the ALSA team
> has not yet dealt with.  As far as I can tell, the MS-7290 was designed
> specifically for the Crystal 945 barebones unit, so its probably not in
> widespread use.  Is there someone who would be willing to work with me
> to get this working?  Just let me know what you need, and I'll do my
> best to provide it.
> BTW, I did have to "hack" the alsa-driver 1.0.16rc1 source to get the
> various ALSA kernel modules to load (removed unresolved references to
> do_posix_clock_monotonic_gettime; I think tiwai's fix in
> include/adriver.h could be applied elsewhere, but I just removed the
> references altogether).

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