[alsa-devel] Support for ALC662 on FUJITSU SIEMENS AMILO Li3710

Mads Kiilerich mads at kiilerich.com
Mon Jul 27 12:04:22 CEST 2009

Takashi Iwai wrote, On 07/27/2009 08:14 AM:
> At Sun, 26 Jul 2009 19:39:28 +0200,
> Mads Kiilerich wrote:
>> Takashi Iwai wrote, On 07/26/2009 10:50 AM:
>>> At Sun, 26 Jul 2009 00:54:24 +0200,
>>> Mads Kiilerich wrote:
>>>> On a friends FUJITSU SIEMENS AMILO Li3710 10601011427 sound didn't work
>>>> with kernel-PAE-
>>> How about with the latest alsa-driver snapshot?
>>>       ftp://ftp.kernel.org/pub/linux/kernel/people/tiwai/snapshot/alsa-driver-snapshot.tar.gz
>> Thanks.
>> I looked at your sound-2.6.git tree and found no quirk for this card
>> (AFAICS) and assumed that it hadn't been reported and fixed yet.
> When no quirk is set, the automatic mode is used as default.
> And, it's possible that the automatic mode has been fixed in the
> upstream.  That's why I asked to test with the latest one.
> We should avoid any device-specific quirk as much as possible, but
> rather fix the automatic parser.

Ok, if you think that would be possible. I assumed that it was broken 
beond repair.

>> I am a developer, but for alsa I am a user, no expert, and honestly I
>> don't plan to become one. Can you give a pointer to a description of how
>> can I test the snapshot? On Fedora 11?
>> (http://www.alsa-project.org/main/index.php/Main_Page  has a "How do I
>> install the ALSA driver from source" link, but it just points to the
>> download page without any explanation.)
> Did you take a look at INSTALL file in alsa-driver?

alsa-driver-snapshot.tar.gz README says "integrated to 2.6+ kernels", so 
I assumed that this somehow only applied to 2.4 - which obviously would 
be very strange.

I missed the big overview. It seems like it would have been helpful to 
me (and the next guy) if something like the following blurb could be 
found somewhere - in README or INSTALL or from the "How do I install the 
ALSA driver from source" link or on 
http://www.alsa-project.org/main/index.php/Driver_Compilation :

"ALSA project develops both Linux kernel drivers as well as support 
libraries and tools for user-space. The kernel drivers are also included 
in vanilla Linux kernels, and usually the stock drivers are fine and 
should be used. It is however also possible to build the alsa-driver 
kernel modules for an existing compiled kernel and replace its drivers, 
for example from alsa-driver-snapshot.tar.gz to get the latest ALSA 
development and fixes. Note that the modules will have to be rebuild 
when a new kernel is installed."

INSTALL is very demotivating for use with distribution kernels. It would 
be helpful if you could add something like:

"On Fedora 11 (with PAE kernels) it works fine, but you need the package 
kernel-PAE-devel of the same version as the running kernel-PAE."

might also be helpful.

I assume something similar applies to Suse.

>>> Also, please give alsa-info.sh output.  Run with --no-upload and attach
>>> the generated file.
>> I became aware of that command after having visited my friend. I have
>> output of dmesg and  lshal and lspci - is that sufficient?
> No

Ok, thanks for the hints to help me understand.

I will try alsa-drivers-snapshot and alsa-info.sh next time I get access 
to that computer - that will probably take more than a month.


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