[alsa-devel] VIA VT1708S

Niels Mayer nielsmayer at gmail.com
Tue Aug 10 17:57:47 CEST 2010

On Mon, Aug 9, 2010 at 6:43 AM, dominique.baudelin
<dominique.baudelin at laposte.net> wrote:
> Asus Notebook X70 Series X70AD Athlon M300-64 Ati Radeon HD 4570
> OS Lucid Lynx 10.04 LTS
> Audio chipset VIA VT1708S
> P.S.:If you aren't the good interlocutor I am sorry to disturb you.

The vt1708 "just works" with recent versions of linux kernels. On my
system it calls itself "SB" (soundblaster?)

> aplay -l
card 1: SB [HDA ATI SB], device 0: VT1708S Analog [VT1708S Analog]
  Subdevices: 2/2
  Subdevice #0: subdevice #0
  Subdevice #1: subdevice #1
card 1: SB [HDA ATI SB], device 1: VT1708S Digital [VT1708S Digital]
  Subdevices: 1/1
  Subdevice #0: subdevice #0

For my particular ALSA usage where I wanted SPDIF output doubled w/
analog output, see "mythcd" and "mythtv" controlling card "SB" in

Also, some setups (like my ASUS_M4A78T-E mobo ) the vt1708S gives you
a additional HDMI device you may never use, yet it uses an interrupt
and an ALSA audio device.

##  1 [SB             ]: HDA-Intel - HDA ATI SB
##                       HDA ATI SB at 0xfb7f4000 irq 16
##  2 [HDMI           ]: HDA-Intel - HDA ATI HDMI
##                       HDA ATI HDMI at 0xfb9fc000 irq 19

It can be disabled (allowing some other ALSA device to be bound to
card slot 2)  with the following in /etc/modprobe.d/

alias snd-card-1 snd-hda-intel
#alias snd-card-2 snd-hda-intel
## disable HDMI device to conserve resources and interrupts
## 'modinfo -p snd-hda-intel' indicates this param will do the trick:
## enable:Enable Intel HD audio interface. (array of bool)
options snd-hda-intel index=1,2 enable=1,0

-- Niels

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