[alsa-devel] 5.1 surround on 3 jacks (retasking)

David Henningsson david.henningsson at canonical.com
Thu Aug 26 01:31:37 CEST 2010

2010-08-25 21:45, Keith Chew skrev:
> Hi
> I have a small-form factor PC (KingYoung brand, model S645), which has
> 3 jacks connected to a Realtek ALC888 chipset. I have confirmed with
> the manufacturers the pin outs:
> 1) The front panel left side phone jack : Codec Line2-L & Line2-R (pin
> 14 & pin 15)
> 2) The front panel right side phone jack : Codec Mic2-L & Mic2-R (pin
> 16 & pin 17)
> 3) The back panel phone jack : Codec Front-L & Front-R (pin 35 & pin 36)
> I would like to update patch_realtek.c in alsa-drivers, to output 5.1
> surround using these 3 jacks.
> Can someone give me some guidance on how I can do this? I have looked
> and studied patch_realtek as much as I can, I just need some help in
> getting started.

My first approach to that problem would be to try to tweak
user_pin_configs, assuming that the generic parser (model=auto) is used.
See sections 4.3 and 4.4 on this document for how to do that:


That way you won't have to update the kernel code at all.

To figure out the values of user_pin_configs, you'll need to know the
pin widget NIDs (see your /proc/asound/card*/codec* file for that) and
pin values (see official Intel HDA documentation, or read hda_proc.c).

David Henningsson, Canonical Ltd.

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