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    NO SOUND THROUGH HDMI (Radeon HD 4200) ON UBUNTU 11.10

    NO SOUND THROUGH HDMI (Radeon HD 4200) ON UBUNTU 11.10
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    After I updated to Ubuntu 11.10 no audio is played through HDMI. I've searched the Net and this forum,
    seen that several people are having problems with sound through HDMI on 11.10, but have found no solution.

    If anyone has got any ideas please let me know.

    Please note that before I updated to 11.10 audio played perfectly through HDMI.
    I have double checked the sound settings, and made sure the correct hardware and output
    (HDMI) is chosen.


    I've got the following setup:
    ---
    Hardware: RS880 Audio Device [Radeon HD 4200]

    Code:
    klevstul@Inspiron570:~$ cat /etc/issue
    Ubuntu 11.10 \n \l

    Code:
    klevstul@Inspiron570:~$ lsb_release -a
    No LSB modules are available.
    Distributor ID:	Ubuntu
    Description:	Ubuntu 11.10
    Release:	11.10
    Codename:	oneiric

    Code:
    klevstul@Inspiron570:~$ uname -a
    Linux Inspiron570 3.0.0-12-generic #20-Ubuntu SMP Fri Oct 7 14:50:42 UTC 2011 i686 athlon i386 GNU/Linux
    ---

    I've done the "Comprehensive Sound Problem Solutions Guide"
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=205449

    The output from that is
    ---
    (1)
    Code:
    klevstul@Inspiron570:~$ aplay -l
    **** List of PLAYBACK Hardware Devices ****
    card 0: SB [HDA ATI SB], device 0: ALC888 Analog [ALC888 Analog]
      Subdevices: 1/1
      Subdevice #0: subdevice #0
    card 0: SB [HDA ATI SB], device 3: ALC888 Digital [ALC888 Digital]
      Subdevices: 1/1
      Subdevice #0: subdevice #0
    
    card 1: HDMI [HDA ATI HDMI], device 3: HDMI 0 [HDMI 0]
      Subdevices: 1/1
      Subdevice #0: subdevice #0

    (2)
    Code:
    klevstul@Inspiron570:~$ lspci -v
    ...
    01:05.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc RS880 [Radeon HD 4200] (prog-if 00 [VGA controller])
    	Subsystem: Dell Device 043b
    	Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0, IRQ 18
    	Memory at d0000000 (32-bit, prefetchable) [size=256M]
    	I/O ports at e000 [size=256]
    	Memory at feaf0000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=64K]
    	Memory at fe900000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=1M]
    	Expansion ROM at <unassigned> [disabled]
    	Capabilities: <access denied>
    	Kernel driver in use: radeon
    	Kernel modules: radeon
    
    01:05.1 Audio device: ATI Technologies Inc RS880 Audio Device [Radeon HD 4200]
    	Subsystem: Dell Device 043b
    	Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0, IRQ 19
    	Memory at feae8000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=16K]
    	Capabilities: <access denied>
    	Kernel driver in use: HDA Intel
    	Kernel modules: snd-hda-intel
    ...

    (3)
    Found nowhere to search on given page. But I can run the speaker test (no sound to be heard through):
    Code:
    klevstul@Inspiron570:~$ speaker-test -Dplug:surround51 -c6 -twav
    
    speaker-test 1.0.24.2
    
    Playback device is plug:surround51
    Stream parameters are 48000Hz, S16_LE, 6 channels
    WAV file(s)
    Rate set to 48000Hz (requested 48000Hz)
    Buffer size range from 64 to 349504
    Period size range from 32 to 174752
    Using max buffer size 349504
    Periods = 4
    was set period_size = 174752
    was set buffer_size = 349504
     0 - Front Left
     4 - Center
     1 - Front Right
     3 - Rear Right
     2 - Rear Left
     5 - LFE
    Time per period = 21.975189
    ...
    It might be this though (snd-hda-intel):
    http://www.alsa-project.org/main/ind...dule-hda-intel



    (4)
    Code:
    klevstul@Inspiron570:~$ sudo modprobe snd-hda-intel 
    [sudo] password for klevstul:
    still no sound...
    #sudo nano /etc/modules


    (2-1)
    Getting the ALSA drivers from a *fresh* kernel

    Code:
    klevstul@Inspiron570:~$ sudo apt-get --purge remove linux-sound-base alsa-base alsa-utils
    Reading package lists... Done
    Building dependency tree       
    Reading state information... Done
    The following packages were automatically installed and are no longer required:
      libbluray0 phonon libdvbpsi6 libjs-mootools liblzo2-2 phonon-backend-gstreamer libphonon4 libquicktime1 libmatroska3
    Use 'apt-get autoremove' to remove them.
    The following packages will be REMOVED:
      alsa-base* alsa-utils* linux-sound-base* ubuntu-desktop*
    0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 4 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
    After this operation, 2,802 kB disk space will be freed.
    Do you want to continue [Y/n]? Y
    (Reading database ... 232209 files and directories currently installed.)
    Removing ubuntu-desktop ...
    Removing alsa-base ...
    Purging configuration files for alsa-base ...
    Removing alsa-utils ...
    Purging configuration files for alsa-utils ...
    Removing linux-sound-base ...
    Purging configuration files for linux-sound-base ...
    Processing triggers for ureadahead ...
    Processing triggers for man-db ...

    (2-2)
    Code:
    klevstul@Inspiron570:~$ sudo apt-get install linux-sound-base alsa-base alsa-utils
    ...


    (2-3)

    Code:
    klevstul@Inspiron570:~$ sudo apt-get install gdm ubuntu-desktop
    ...


    Code:
    klevstul@Inspiron570:~$ aplay -l
    **** List of PLAYBACK Hardware Devices ****
    card 0: SB [HDA ATI SB], device 0: ALC888 Analog [ALC888 Analog]
      Subdevices: 1/1
      Subdevice #0: subdevice #0
    card 0: SB [HDA ATI SB], device 3: ALC888 Digital [ALC888 Digital]
      Subdevices: 1/1
      Subdevice #0: subdevice #0
    card 1: HDMI [HDA ATI HDMI], device 3: HDMI 0 [HDMI 0]
      Subdevices: 1/1
      Subdevice #0: subdevice #0

    ALSA driver Compilation
    Skipped this step as the driver seems to work, except for not outputting sound.
    ---


    I also read that an option can be to get drivers manually, however I have not tried that:
    http://wiki.cchtml.com/index.php/Ubu...ivers_manually
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    Re: NO SOUND THROUGH HDMI (Radeon HD 4200) ON UBUNTU 11.10

    speaker-test -c 2 -r 48000 -D hw:1,3

    surround5.1 is a default alias..likely pointing to hw:0,0.
    aplay -L
    shows you the aliases..

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    Re: NO SOUND THROUGH HDMI (Radeon HD 4200) ON UBUNTU 11.10

    Executes without problems but my speakers are all silent... (no, it's not the sound system that is the problem, works for everything else, all other HDMI inputs plays fine)

    Code:
    klevstul@Inspiron570:~$ speaker-test -c 2 -r 48000 -D hw:1,3
    
    speaker-test 1.0.24.2
    
    Playback device is hw:1,3
    Stream parameters are 48000Hz, S16_LE, 2 channels
    Using 16 octaves of pink noise
    Rate set to 48000Hz (requested 48000Hz)
    Buffer size range from 64 to 1048576
    Period size range from 32 to 524288
    Using max buffer size 1048576
    Periods = 4
    was set period_size = 262144
    was set buffer_size = 1048576
     0 - Front Left
     1 - Front Right
    Time per period = 7.088080

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    Re: NO SOUND THROUGH HDMI (Radeon HD 4200) ON UBUNTU 11.10

    I don't follow any AMD news/releases except stuff about fusion/zacate..

    For HDA HDMI audio to work over video card you have to have the correct video driver.
    For AMD cards this means proprietary catalyst driver..

    Is this HD4200 an mobo/onboard chipset graphics adaptor ?
    This chipset only supports stereo & AC3 5.1 over HDMI, no HDA formats..really just S/PDIF.
    It may not matter which driver is used in this case..

    http://lists.freedesktop.org/archive...ay/000510.html

    How exactly are your speakers connected ?
    HT amp AVR with HDMI ?
    Speakers attached to TV receiver (HDMI) ?

    What do you mean by works with everything else ?
    Do you mean other output devices (DVD/CD player) connected to AVR or TV ?
    Last edited by BicyclerBoy; October 29th, 2011 at 08:56 PM.

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    Re: NO SOUND THROUGH HDMI (Radeon HD 4200) ON UBUNTU 11.10

    Quote Originally Posted by BicyclerBoy View Post
    Is this HD4200 an mobo/onboard chipset graphics adaptor ?
    This chipset only supports stereo & AC3 5.1 over HDMI, no HDA formats..really just S/PDIF.
    It may not matter which driver is used in this case..

    http://lists.freedesktop.org/archive...ay/000510.html

    How exactly are your speakers connected ?

    What do you mean by works with everything else ?
    Do you mean other output devices (DVD/CD player) connected to AVR or TV ?
    - Yes, the card is integrated / onboard.
    - I have a Yamaha YSP sound system, HDMI directly from the PC to this.
    - Yes, I do mean that other input devices, like PS3 and WDTV works fine.

    Please note that the sound worked without problems when I ran 11.04. It was after the upgrade to 11.10 that the sound did disappear. Maybe a new sound driver was installed then, that doesn't support my card?

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    Re: NO SOUND THROUGH HDMI (Radeon HD 4200) ON UBUNTU 11.10

    The words (posted previous) "Inspiron" suggests troublesome laptop h/w ?

    Cast you mind back to your 10.10 install; did you have to use a snd-hda-intel module options ?
    (in the file /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base.conf)

    If you are lucky, the 11.10 installer will have just commented out the old settings..

    I suspect you were previously using the AMD/ATI catalyst video driver & now you are using radeon which I think is the open source project.
    I don't know if the radeon driver can support HDMI audio or ELD reporting.

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    Re: NO SOUND THROUGH HDMI (Radeon HD 4200) ON UBUNTU 11.10

    Having spent too much time on this issue I gave up and installed Mint Linux in stead of plain Ubuntu. So easy and everything works like a charm now. The sound is finally back!

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    Re: NO SOUND THROUGH HDMI (Radeon HD 4200) ON UBUNTU 11.10

    Can't blame you for that..

    I only have 11.10 setup on a 2nd disk just to see if it works or not as the case maybe.
    The real work-horse is still 10.04.

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    Re: NO SOUND THROUGH HDMI (Radeon HD 4200) ON UBUNTU 11.10

    The 4200 series is a motherboard videocard/soundcard i would suggest upgrading to a 5670 Radeon HD
    If Ubuntu had 31 flavors then we could call it Baskin' Ubuntu.

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    Re: NO SOUND THROUGH HDMI (Radeon HD 4200) ON UBUNTU 11.10

    Anyway. Thanks a lot for your input on this one. Very much appreciated!

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