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    how to install Presonus Firebox on Ubuntu

    I'm trying to install a Presonus Firebox, which is a fire wire recording studio that is also my basic sound card (http://www.presonus.com/products/Det...px?ProductId=4). It works perfectly with Win XP, for which there is a driver but not easily with Ubuntu 8.04. I installed Ubuntu using 'wubi' so that I basically have a dual boot system. I've managed to at least get 'the blue light' going on the Firebox but being a newbie wrt linux I'm still stuggling to get it to do anything. Here is the message I get when I use 'jack', any helpful ideas welcome:

    22:09:18.896 Patchbay deactivated.
    22:09:19.001 Statistics reset.
    22:09:19.034 Could not open ALSA sequencer as a client. ALSA MIDI patchbay will be not available.
    ALSA lib seq_hw.c:457snd_seq_hw_open) open /dev/snd/seq failed: No such file or directory
    22:10:09.394 Startup script...
    22:10:09.395 artsshell -q terminate
    22:10:09.818 Startup script terminated with exit status=256.
    22:10:09.819 JACK is starting...
    22:10:09.819 /usr/bin/jackd -R -dfreebob -r44100 -p1024 -n3 -D
    22:10:09.824 JACK was started with PID=7785.
    jackd 0.109.2
    Copyright 2001-2005 Paul Davis and others.
    jackd comes with ABSOLUTELY NO WARRANTY
    This is free software, and you are welcome to redistribute it
    under certain conditions; see the file COPYING for details
    JACK compiled with System V SHM support.
    loading driver ..
    Freebob using Firewire port 0, node -1
    ALSA lib seq_hw.c:457snd_seq_hw_open) open /dev/snd/seq failed: No such file or directory
    FreeBoB ERR: Error opening ALSA sequencer.
    FreeBoB ERR: -----------------------------------------------------------
    FreeBoB ERR: Error creating midi device!
    FreeBoB ERR: FreeBob will run without MIDI support.
    FreeBoB ERR: Consult the above error messages to solve the problem.
    FreeBoB ERR: -----------------------------------------------------------
    libiec61883 warning: Established connection on channel 0.
    You may need to manually set the channel on the receiving node.
    libiec61883 warning: Established connection on channel 1.
    You may need to manually set the channel on the transmitting node.
    22:10:11.881 Server configuration saved to "/home/zoli/.jackdrc".
    22:10:11.882 Statistics reset.
    22:10:11.953 Client activated.
    22:10:11.955 JACK connection change.
    22:10:11.958 JACK connection graph change.

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    Re: how to install Presonus Firebox on Ubuntu

    yeah, it's a bit of a mission and I haven't mastered it either.

    I got some good advice from Hartmut on the linux-audio-user list

    I run
    >jackd -R -dfreebob

    then I open qjackctl and it works. It's annoying that I can't configure in qjackctl.

    I've succeeded in getting sound in the past, but for some reason qjackctl won't let me link up the audio outputs at present, though it would half an hour ago

    anyway try running from script or terminal first before starting qjackctl

    hopefully the ffado people will kindly sort all this out once presonus cooperate more fully

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    Re: how to install Presonus Firebox on Ubuntu

    I haven't got a firewire device right now, but once I had an M-audio firewire-Solo running. The autput of jack looks quite normal to me, about the same I allways got. In fact, it seems jack has started, so you should be able to get sound from it. Have you looked at the connections in qjackctl. You may need connect some wires there.
    The applications you use have to be 'jack-aware', not all are, or may need to be told to use jack (the default setting in Hardy is to use pulse-audio, which is not good for you).
    Leo.

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    Re: how to install Presonus Firebox on Ubuntu

    i found this link really handy.

    http://www.rncbc.org/drupal/node/76

    a quick guide on the qjackctl patchbay

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    Re: how to install Presonus Firebox on Ubuntu

    Getting freebob to install is pretty damn tricky... Keep going at it and tell me how too!!!


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    Re: how to install Presonus Firebox on Ubuntu

    I'm able to connect with the Firebox, since the blue light comes on but I can't get actually get any sound to play. When I try to adjust the volume I get
    "No volume control GStreamer plugins and/or devices found."

    Thx.

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    Re: how to install Presonus Firebox on Ubuntu

    I've written some instructions here on my wiki, but to sum up:

    You need a real-time kernel, the jack audio server, and Ardour to do useful editing. The easiest way is to install Ubuntu Studio:
    sudo apt-get install ubuntustudio-audio
    or just: sudo apt-get install linux-rt linux-headers-rt qjackctl ardour
    Configure Realtime Scheduling

    Add the following to the bottom of /etc/security/limits.conf to set up real-time audio:
    @audio - rtprio 99
    @audio - memlock unlimited
    @audio - nice -10
    Configure Device Detection

    Ubuntu 9.04 finds the device okay, but sets it up so only root can do anything with it. To fix this, create a /etc/udev/40-linux1394.rules file and add the following:
    KERNEL="raw1394", NAME="%k"
    KERNEL="dv1394*", NAME="dv1394/%n"
    KERNEL="video1394*", NAME="video1394/%n"
    KERNEL="raw1394", GROUP="rawfw"
    Create the rawfw group and add yourself to it:
    sudo groupadd rawfw
    sudo adduser username rawfw
    Finally, in the Jack GUI setup, use the freebob driver and ensure the Realtime option is ticked.
    References



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    Re: how to install Presonus Firebox on Ubuntu

    Hello,

    I followed all the hints on the forums for the installation of FreeBob, Ubuntu Studio Realtime, Jackd and I can start Jackd and configure QJackctl to get the blue light on my firebox on. I can even get sound from my inputs (synth, mic) into my outputs.

    But unfortunately, I can't get any sound from my computer. If I try to play a mp3, or play a video stream, I don't get any sound. Is there some more configuration I need to do that?

    I also see that jackd reports dropped packet very often (see below). Is that normal?

    Code:
    LibFreeBoB ERR: Dropped packets on connection 1
    Thanks!

    Using :
    Ubuntu 9.04
    QJackctl 0.3.4
    Jackd 0.116.1
    Freebob 1.0.11

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    Re: how to install Presonus Firebox on Ubuntu

    Not trolling, just saying that I gave up and installed my copy of Windows XP on the lounge server. Now I have hardware accelerated video playback, HDMI surround sound, and playback of Bluray discs. I still run Ubuntu everywhere else but I have consistently found reliable multimedia to be elusive and difficult. When I want to relax in the lounge and watch movies, I don't want to have to wrestle with patching and compiling my own ffmpeg and mplayer, managing git submodules, and the clusterf*ck that is pulse audio. Each release of Ubuntu since Gutsy has got some bits working and broken other bits.

    My only specific issues are with ATI hw accelerated video playback (seemingly non-existent) and ATI HDMI audio, which worked in Hardy and broke ever since.

    Good luck, but for the meantime I resign...

    /me hands his geek card in

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    Re: how to install Presonus Firebox on Ubuntu

    Hi folks,
    today I received my Presonus Firebox ... but as I feared, it does not work.

    The problem I face is that every time I want to load Jack with the settings posted above, I get a message declaring this:

    17:40:07.482 JACK is starting...
    17:40:07.482 /usr/bin/jackd -R -P19 -dfreebob -dhw:0 -r44100 -p64 -n3 -D
    17:40:07.496 JACK was started with PID=6831.
    no message buffer overruns
    jackd 0.116.1
    Copyright 2001-2005 Paul Davis and others.
    jackd comes with ABSOLUTELY NO WARRANTY
    This is free software, and you are welcome to redistribute it
    under certain conditions; see the file COPYING for details
    JACK compiled with System V SHM support.
    loading driver ..
    Enhanced3DNow! detected
    SSE2 detected
    Freebob using Firewire port 0, node -1
    Ieee1394Service::initialize: Could not get 1394 handle: Invalid argument
    Is ieee1394 and raw1394 driver loaded?
    Fatal (devicemanager.cpp)[68] initialize: Could not initialize Ieee1349Service object
    Fatal (freebob.cpp)[69] freebob_new_handle: Could not initialize device manager
    FreeBoB ERR: FREEBOB: Error creating virtual device
    cannot load driver module freebob
    

    I hope somebody can help me. Im using Ubuntu Studio 9.04 with an PCI Firewire card - which is recognized by my system. I have also tried all that stuff with loading the modules and changing permissions, adding user to group disk etc.


    Marci

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