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Re: DMASOUND, scsi

On Tue, 25 Feb 2003, Nathan S. wrote:

So far I have been unable to get satisfactory sound using either
OSS or Alsa.  The OSS driver plays sound through the built in
speaker and I don't know how to turn it off.  I haven't been able
to get Alsa to work yet at all.

I have a G4 dual 500 MHz snakebite.  I use a combination of
Debian unstable and some programs compiled from scratch.  I have
been using recent CVS kernels from Ben's trees.

Good news is I finally got X working again.

Has anyone gotten satisfactory sound on similar hardware?


> Paul Talacko wrote:
>  > On Thu, Feb 20, 2003 at 08:48:19PM -0800, Nathan S. wrote:
>  >
>  >>I compiled my own kernel yesterday (feeling very proud of doing just
>  >>that) and have fixed some problems.  I have questions about dma sound
>  >>and scsi though.  I compiled (kernel-source-2.4.18 with patch from
>  >>kernel.org) with CONFIG_DMASOUND_PMAC=y and CONFIG_DMASOUND=y, but get
>  >>no sound.  Do I need just dmasound_pmac, or do I need to include
>  >>sound_dmap=y?
>  >>
>  >
>  >
>  > Sound has been a problem for me too.  On my 6500 (yes, I know it's
>  > *really* old), I get no dmasound.  A partial solution is to use alsa.
>  > If you do this make sure you uninstall the dmasound modules.
>  >
>  > ALSA is not perfect because I have no volume control at all unless I use
>  > alsa-player, and even then the maximum volume is only half of what it
>  > should be.  If I try to use a mixer when xmms or mp3blaster is playing
>  > the sound starts to break up completely.
>  >
>  > I'm planning to try the alsa-xmms plugin to see what happens, but it's
>  > only available in unstable at the moment and I'm running stable, and I
>  > haven't figured out how to run one unstable package on a machine that is
>  > running stable everywhere else -- but I'll get there.
>  >
>  > So, in short, try ALSA.
>  >
>  > Cheers,
>  >
>  > Paul
> I'm sorry to hear that about alsa - I was thinking of switching to that,
> but it doesn't look like that would be a better solution than fixing
> dmasound.
> As far as installing an unstable package while maintaining a stable
> machine, I do it this way:
> add the line deb http://ftp.debian.org/debian unstable main (and
> whatever else you want here) to /etc/apt/sources.list
> Then run apt-get update to get the new list of packages.  Then to
> install the package just enter apt-get install foo.  If you only want
> the one package, then you can go back in and comment out the 'unstable'
> line in sources.list and run apt-get update again.  If you don't do
> this, make sure you specify the version of any new packages you want
> after that so that you don't install an unstable package by accident.
> I'm new to apt, so if something doesn't look right, somebody give a holler.
> Regards,
> Nathan
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