[alsa-devel] Patch for au88x0 driver. Fix audacious issue and add auto reset in case of hardware ADB ctrl failure.

Raymond Yau superquad.vortex2 at gmail.com
Mon Sep 7 03:47:52 CEST 2009

On Thursday 03 September 2009 21:10, Manuel Jander wrote:
> does anybody still have a AU88x0 card ? I know they are quite ancient
> now, but if anyone could give the attached patch a try ? Would be
> nice.
> I made the patch against linux-
> http://micro.homelinux.net/~mjander/au88x0.diff.gz <http://micro.homelinux.net/%7Emjander/au88x0.diff.gz>
> Best Regards,
> Manuel

Which version of audaicous (1.5.x or 2.1) are you testing ?
(alsa-gapless or alsa-ng plugin)

au88x0 most likely cannot support 1 sample per period because of the
FIFO as described in patent 6167465.

if you look at the source code of alsa-ng and alsa-gapless plugin
both of them use the own way to calculate the buffer size instead of
using snd_pcm_hw_params_get_buffer_size()


CHECK_FAIL (snd_pcm_hw_params_set_access (pcm_handle, hwparams,
SND_PCM_ACCESS_RW_INTERLEAVED), "snd_pcm_hw_params_set_access");
CHECK_FAIL (snd_pcm_hw_params_set_format (pcm_handle, hwparams, afmt),
CHECK_FAIL (snd_pcm_hw_params_set_channels (pcm_handle, hwparams, nch),
CHECK_FAIL (snd_pcm_hw_params_set_rate (pcm_handle, hwparams, rate, 0),
CHECK_FAIL (snd_pcm_hw_params (pcm_handle, hwparams), "snd_pcm_hw_params");
bitwidth = snd_pcm_format_physical_width(afmt);
bps = (rate * bitwidth * nch) >> 3;
buf_size = MAX(aud_cfg->output_buffer_size, 100);
ringbuf_size = buf_size * bps / 1000;

How do you get the "ADB Ctrl failure" error ?

There are two main problem of the au88x0 driver
1) alsa is unable to calculate the correct value for the three
functions snd_pcm_hw_params_set_buffer_time_near() ,
snd_pcm_hw_params_set_period_time_near() and snd_pcm_set_params()


Test case :

alsa-lib/test/pcm_min.c ( change default to hw:0,0 )

Real world case:

gstreamer and winealsa.drv

2) unable to recover when the number of available src is not enough
(FATAL: ResManager: resource type 1 exhaust)


test case :

running application to use 15 src ( 7 stereo and one mono stream ) and
open another stereo stream

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