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  1. #421
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    Mar 2007
    Ubuntu 6.06 Dapper

    Lightbulb Re: Hardy 8.04 & OSS4 (Alternative to ALSA)

    Quote Originally Posted by Temüjin View Post
    Reverting to ALSA
    If, for some reason, you want to go back to ALSA, here is the procedure: (I tested this myself on my test system)
    sudo soundoff
    sudo dpkg -r oss-linux
    sudo dpkg-reconfigure linux-sound-base
    sudo apt-get -y install libesd-alsa0 alsa-oss alsa-base libsdl1.2debian-alsa
    gksudo gedit /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist
    The preceding command opens your blacklist file in the text editor. Delete all the lines from "blacklist snd-seq" down to the end of the file (make sure the last line in the file refers to a snd module and was not added by another program).
    Restart the PC.
    Now, re-install ALSA kernel modules with this script:
    Go to System -> Preferences -> Sounds and select Autodetect or ALSA
    Any applications that you configured for OSS should be changed back to ALSA, although they should work with the alsa-oss wrapper.

    Optionally, you can setup and configure PulseAudio. I have no experience with this, but I have seen guides for it (use search). If you do, remember to install the Pulse-compatible libflashsupport package:
    sudo apt-get install libflashsupport
    I did some extra commands to get rid of OSS4 (Source)
    sudo sh /usr/lib/oss/scripts/
    and add the OSS modules to the blacklist
    sudo cat /lib/linux-sound-base/noOSS.modprobe.conf >> /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist
    If really everything is misconfigured and nothing works try the hard way:
    sudo apt-get install --reinstall linux-image-$(uname -r)

  2. #422
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    Question Re: Hardy 8.04 & OSS4 (Alternative to ALSA)

    Hello again,

    I made it through all of the instructions... but...

    sudo soundon causes a system crash.

    No /dev/mixer device available in your system.
    Perhaps Open Sound System is not installed or running.
    So, clearly OSS is not running.

    sudo ossdetect -v
    Detected Creative SB X-Fi (PCI-e) *EARLY BETA*
    USB support available in the system, adding USB driver
    Detected Generic USB audio/MIDI device (BETA)
    Module                  Size  Used by
    ipv6                  267908  10
    af_packet              23812  2
    rfcomm                 41744  2
    l2cap                  25728  13 rfcomm
    bluetooth              61028  4 rfcomm,l2cap
    ppdev                  10372  0
    acpi_cpufreq           10796  1
    cpufreq_ondemand        9740  1
    cpufreq_stats           7104  0
    cpufreq_userspace       5284  0
    freq_table              5536  3 acpi_cpufreq,cpufreq_ondemand,cpufreq_stats
    cpufreq_powersave       2688  0
    cpufreq_conservative     8712  0
    sbs                    15112  0
    sbshc                   7680  1 sbs
    container               5632  0
    video                  19856  0
    output                  4736  1 video
    dock                   11280  0
    battery                14212  0
    iptable_filter          3840  0
    ip_tables              14820  1 iptable_filter
    x_tables               16132  1 ip_tables
    aes_i586               33536  0
    dm_crypt               15364  0
    dm_mod                 62660  1 dm_crypt
    ac                      6916  0
    coretemp                8448  0
    f71882fg               11524  0
    sbp2                   24072  0
    parport_pc             36260  0
    lp                     12324  0
    parport                37832  3 ppdev,parport_pc,lp
    joydev                 13120  0
    serio_raw               7940  0
    psmouse                40336  0
    wacom                  18048  0
    nvidia               6912564  26
    i2c_nforce2             7680  0
    button                  9232  0
    agpgart                34760  1 nvidia
    evdev                  13056  4
    pcspkr                  4224  0
    i2c_core               24832  2 nvidia,i2c_nforce2
    shpchp                 34452  0
    pci_hotplug            30880  1 shpchp
    ext3                  136840  3
    jbd                    48404  1 ext3
    mbcache                 9600  1 ext3
    sg                     36880  0
    sr_mod                 17956  0
    sd_mod                 30720  5
    cdrom                  37408  1 sr_mod
    pata_amd               14212  0
    usbhid                 32128  0
    hid                    38784  1 usbhid
    pata_jmicron            7040  0
    ohci1394               33584  0
    ohci_hcd               26640  0
    ahci                   28548  0
    ieee1394               93752  2 sbp2,ohci1394
    pata_acpi               8320  0
    ehci_hcd               37900  0
    forcedeth              51980  0
    sata_nv                27528  4
    ata_generic             8324  0
    usbcore               146412  5 wacom,usbhid,ohci_hcd,ehci_hcd
    libata                159600  6 pata_amd,pata_jmicron,ahci,pata_acpi,sata_nv,ata_generic
    scsi_mod              151436  5 sbp2,sg,sr_mod,sd_mod,libata
    thermal                16796  0
    processor              36488  2 acpi_cpufreq,thermal
    fan                     5636  0
    fbcon                  42912  0
    tileblit                3456  1 fbcon
    font                    9472  1 fbcon
    bitblit                 6784  1 fbcon
    softcursor              3072  1 bitblit
    fuse                   50708  1
    lspci -v  (greatly abridged, obviously)
    0b:00.0 PCI bridge: Creative Labs Unknown device 7006 (prog-if 00 [Normal decode])
            Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0
            Bus: primary=0b, secondary=0c, subordinate=0c, sec-latency=64
            Memory behind bridge: feb00000-febfffff
            Capabilities: <access denied>
    0c:00.0 Audio device: Creative Labs [SB X-Fi Xtreme Audio] CA0110-IBG
            Subsystem: Creative Labs [SB X-Fi Xtreme Audio] CA0110-IBG
            Flags: bus master, medium devsel, latency 64, IRQ 5
            Memory at febfc000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=16K]
            Capabilities: <access denied>
    A little help?
    Last edited by HousieMousie2; March 24th, 2009 at 12:23 AM.
    "There is a principle which is a bar against all information, which is proof against all arguments and which cannot fail to keep a man in everlasting ignorance - That principle is contempt prior to investigation."
    Herbert Spencer

  3. #423
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    Nov 2006
    Kubuntu Jaunty Jackalope (testing)

    Re: Hardy 8.04 & OSS4 (Alternative to ALSA)

    I installed oss4.1 following the instructions and sound works awesome in my system. I have a lenovo y530 and all the speakers are now roaring with full volume

    However, I haven't got my microphone to work. I basically want to be able to use skype. I tried ossrecord, audacity no sound is being recorded

    Here are the various info that may help to figure out what might be wrong with my setup

    arun@Phoenix:~$ ossinfo
    Version info: OSS 4.2 (b 081213/200903151801) (0x00040100) OSS_HG
    Hg revision: changeset: 666:e3a598571f2a, tag: tip, date: Sun Mar 15 13:22:13 2009 +0200, summary: v4.1 pull 090315                                                                                                       
    Platform: Linux/i686 2.6.28-11-generic #40-Ubuntu SMP Fri Apr 3 17:39:51 UTC 2009 (Phoenix)                  
    Number of audio devices:        11
    Number of audio engines:        15
    Number of MIDI devices:         0 
    Number of mixer devices:        1
    Device objects
     0: osscore0 OSS core services
     1: oss_hdaudio0 Intel HD Audio interrupts=62090313 (62090317)
        HD Audio controller Intel HD Audio
        Vendor ID    0x8086293e
        Subvendor ID 0x17aa3a0d
         Codec  0: ALC888 (0x10ec0888/0x17aa3d78)
         Codec  1: Motorola3055 (0x10573055)
         Codec  3: Unknown (0x10de0003/0x10de0101)
     2: oss_usb0 USB audio core services
    MIDI devices (/dev/midi*)
    Mixer devices
     0: High Definition Audio ALC888 (Mixer 0 of device object 1)
    Audio devices
    HD Audio play front               /dev/oss/oss_hdaudio0/pcm0  (device index 0)
    HD Audio play rear                /dev/oss/oss_hdaudio0/pcm1  (device index 1)
    HD Audio play center/LFE          /dev/oss/oss_hdaudio0/pcm2  (device index 2)
    HD Audio play side                /dev/oss/oss_hdaudio0/pcm3  (device index 3)
    HD Audio play pcm4                /dev/oss/oss_hdaudio0/pcm4  (device index 4)
    HD Audio play spdif-out           /dev/oss/oss_hdaudio0/spdout0  (device index 5)
    HD Audio play spdifout            /dev/oss/oss_hdaudio0/spdout1  (device index 6)
    HD Audio play modem               /dev/oss/oss_hdaudio0/mdmout0  (device index 7)
    HD Audio rec mix                  /dev/oss/oss_hdaudio0/pcmin0  (device index 8)
    HD Audio rec mix                  /dev/oss/oss_hdaudio0/pcmin1  (device index 9)
    HD Audio rec modem                /dev/oss/oss_hdaudio0/mdmin0  (device index 10)
      /dev/dsp -> /dev/oss/oss_hdaudio0/pcm0
      /dev/dsp_in -> /dev/oss/oss_hdaudio0/pcm0
      /dev/dsp_out -> /dev/oss/oss_hdaudio0/pcm0
      /dev/dsp_ac3 -> /dev/oss/oss_hdaudio0/spdout0
      /dev/dsp_mmap -> /dev/oss/oss_hdaudio0/pcm0
      /dev/dsp_multich -> /dev/oss/oss_hdaudio0/pcm0
    arun@Phoenix:~$ ossmix
    Selected mixer 0/High Definition Audio ALC888
    Known controls are:                      <front|rear|center/LFE|side|pcm4|input> (currently front) [<leftvol>:<rightvol>] (currently 29.9:29.9 dB)           ON|OFF (currently OFF)                               <front|rear|center/LFE|side|pcm4|input> (currently front) [<leftvol>:<rightvol>] (currently 29.9:29.9 dB)           ON|OFF (currently OFF)                               <front|rear|center/LFE|side|pcm4|input> (currently front) [<leftvol>:<rightvol>] (currently 29.9:29.9 dB)           ON|OFF (currently OFF)                               <front|rear|center/LFE|side|pcm4|input> (currently front)      
    codec1.jack.black1 [<leftvol>:<rightvol>] (currently 29.9:29.9 dB)                 ON|OFF (currently OFF)                                     <front|rear|center/LFE|side|pcm4|input> (currently front) [<leftvol>:<rightvol>] (currently 29.9:29.9 dB)                ON|OFF (currently OFF)                                    <front|rear|center/LFE|side|pcm4|input> (currently front)      
    codec1.jack.black2 [<leftvol>:<rightvol>] (currently 29.9:29.9 dB)                 ON|OFF (currently OFF)                                         
    codec1.record.mix.mute.mic1 ON|OFF (currently OFF)                                 ON|OFF (currently OFF)                                 
    codec1.record.mix.mute.headpho1 ON|OFF (currently OFF)                             ON|OFF (currently OFF)                             ON|OFF (currently OFF)                             ON|OFF (currently OFF)                                 
    codec1.record.mix.mute.input-m1 ON|OFF (currently OFF)                                 
    codec1.record.mix1 [<leftvol>:<rightvol>] (currently 46.4:46.4 dB)                     
    codec1.record.mix.mute.mic2 ON|OFF (currently OFF)                                 ON|OFF (currently OFF)                                 
    codec1.record.mix.mute.headpho2 ON|OFF (currently OFF)                             ON|OFF (currently OFF)                             ON|OFF (currently OFF)                             ON|OFF (currently OFF)                                 
    codec1.record.mix.mute.input-m2 ON|OFF (currently OFF)                                 
    codec1.record.mix2 [<leftvol>:<rightvol>] (currently 46.4:46.4 dB)
    codec1.misc.mic [<leftvol>:<rightvol>] (currently 38.9:38.9 dB) [<leftvol>:<rightvol>] (currently 46.4:46.4 dB)
    codec1.misc.headphone [<leftvol>:<rightvol>] (currently 38.9:38.9 dB) [<leftvol>:<rightvol>] (currently 38.9:38.9 dB) [<leftvol>:<rightvol>] (currently 38.9:38.9 dB) [<leftvol>:<rightvol>] (currently 38.9:38.9 dB)
    codec1.misc.input-mix <mic|int-mic> (currently mic)
    codec1.misc.front-mute ON|OFF (currently OFF)
    codec1.misc.input-mix-mute1 ON|OFF (currently OFF)
    codec1.misc.front1 [<leftvol>:<rightvol>] (currently 46.4:46.4 dB)
    codec1.misc.front2 <front|input-mix> (currently front)
    codec1.misc.rear-mute ON|OFF (currently OFF)
    codec1.misc.input-mix-mute2 ON|OFF (currently OFF)
    codec1.misc.rear1 [<leftvol>:<rightvol>] (currently 38.9:38.9 dB)
    codec1.misc.rear2 <rear|input-mix> (currently rear) ON|OFF (currently OFF)
    codec1.misc.input-mix-mute3 ON|OFF (currently OFF) [<leftvol>:<rightvol>] (currently 38.9:38.9 dB) <center/LFE|input-mix> (currently center/LFE)
    codec1.misc.side-mute ON|OFF (currently OFF)
    codec1.misc.input-mix-mute4 ON|OFF (currently OFF)
    codec1.misc.side1 [<leftvol>:<rightvol>] (currently 38.9:38.9 dB)
    codec1.misc.side2 <side|input-mix> (currently side)
    codec1.misc.pcm4-mute ON|OFF (currently OFF)
    codec1.misc.input-mix-mute5 ON|OFF (currently OFF)
    codec1.misc.pcm41 [<leftvol>:<rightvol>] (currently 38.9:38.9 dB)
    codec1.misc.pcm42 <pcm4|input-mix> (currently pcm4)
    vmix0-enable ON|OFF (currently ON)
    vmix0-rate <decimal value> (currently 48000) (Read-only)
    vmix0-channels <Stereo|Multich> (currently Multich)
    vmix0-src <Fast|Low|Medium|High|High+|Production|OFF> (currently Fast)
    vmix0-outvol <monovol> (currently 20.0 dB)
    vmix0-invol <monovol> (currently 25.0 dB)
    vmix0.pcm11 [<leftvol>:<rightvol>] (currently 25.0:25.0 dB)
    vmix0.pcm12 [<leftvol>:<rightvol>] (currently 25.0:25.0 dB)
    vmix0.pcm13 [<leftvol>:<rightvol>] (currently 25.0:25.0 dB)
    vmix0.pcm14 [<leftvol>:<rightvol>] (currently 25.0:25.0 dB)
    Any help would be great.


  4. #424
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    Re: Hardy 8.04 & OSS4 (Alternative to ALSA)

    I think you'll get more help on this subject at the OSS4 forum
    Make sure you did this step right:


  5. #425
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    Kubuntu Jaunty Jackalope (testing)

    Re: Hardy 8.04 & OSS4 (Alternative to ALSA)

    Thanks! I will give it a shot.
    I am sure I did the step right. I am now on windows (due to a different problem with my internet in Linux)
    Will come back to you soon.

  6. #426
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    Re: Hardy 8.04 & OSS4 (Alternative to ALSA)

    I must agree that I didn't do that step carefully.
    For my audio output, I could succesfully choose oss as the preferred over alsa
    However in audio input, I don't see any devices. This is a cause for concern isn't it?


  7. #427
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    Oct 2007

    Re: Hardy 8.04 & OSS4 (Alternative to ALSA)

    Hello Temüjin,

    You'll not remember me, but I've been attempting to install oss nearly 1 year ago (you've been very helpful in my thread on how to get rid of the failed installation back then).

    Now, after my Alsa system has blown in my face some 4 weeks ago, I've finally decided to give it another shot, since I couldn't get Alsa back to work. After getting the latest hg repository release and following the steps exactly on the page, as you suggested, OSS is up and running!

    Mplayer is working fine, both in Firefox and as a standalone (just had to switch settings to oss), also Flashplayer 10 is working neatly, after applying the libflashsupport patch.

    The only thing that wont budge, is to have my Maudio card (standard now) working along with my ADI onboard chip (Intel for real? Deactivated in BIOS now), as it wouldn't with Alsa. I'd like to have the opportunity to select the desired sound output per application, e.g. headset via onboard for ekiga or the likes, while playing music with my superior sound card...
    perhaps you've got an idea?

    Thanks for your competent hints so far!

    Last edited by perixx; April 25th, 2009 at 09:48 PM.

  8. #428
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    Re: Hardy 8.04 & OSS4 (Alternative to ALSA)

    Are you using Xubuntu 8.04 as your signature indicates? If so, make sure you have the right oss plugins to make ekiga work:
    sudo apt-get install libpt-1.10.10-plugins-oss libsdl1.2debian-oss
    sudo apt-get remove libpt-1.10.10-plugins-alsa libsdl1.2debian-alsa
    Enable your onboard audio and then post the output of ossinfo.

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