Bug 1909476

Summary: Multi channel sound issues over HDMI
Product: [Fedora] Fedora Reporter: Daniel Rowe <bart>
Component: pulseaudioAssignee: Lennart Poettering <lpoetter>
Status: CLOSED EOL QA Contact: Fedora Extras Quality Assurance <extras-qa>
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Version: 33CC: blomgren.peter, brunovern.a, gombosg, lpoetter, rdieter, wtaymans
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Last Closed: 2021-11-30 17:38:48 UTC Type: Bug
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alsa-info.sh --no-upload
Screen shot of settings app none

Description Daniel Rowe 2020-12-20 09:47:42 UTC
Description of problem:

With Fedora 33 I am having sound issues. No issues under 32, or any previous version of Fedora.

I have a intel NUC attached to a Denon amp via HDMI, outputting multichannel 7.1 audio.

If I pause anything outputting sound like a movie for example, it stops working, no sound. If I open setting and toggle the Configuration to any setting and back the sounds starts to work again. For example if is toggle from 5.1 to 7.1 and then unpause the media it works again. Turning the Denon amp off and back on also results in sound working.

There seem to be others having this issue, I opened this thread: https://ask.fedoraproject.org/t/fedora-multi-channel-sound-issues-with-fedora-33/10652

Seems not to be related to the app playing the media as the same issues happens with Smplayer and Celluloid. 

If I remove the alsa-plugins-pulseaudio package as stated in the How to debug sound problems wiki page and reboot the problem goes away. I am still outputting via pulseaudio as I have the pulseaudio device selected.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

[root@mediabox ~]# rpm -qa | grep pulseaudio

How reproducible:


Steps to Reproduce:
1. Play a movie
2. Pause movie
3. Unpause

Actual results:

No sound.

Expected results:

Sound works.

Additional info:

I booted this device back to Fedora 32 and I could not get it to break. As soon as I went back to F33 problem is present.

As stated above removing the alsa-plugins-pulseaudio package seems to fix it, even if I am still outputting via pulseaudio. I need to test for a longer period to see if it is really fixed. Will report back.

I have opened another sound related bug which is only present on Fedora 33: 1909473

Comment 1 Daniel Rowe 2020-12-20 09:48:23 UTC
Created attachment 1740612 [details]
alsa-info.sh --no-upload

Comment 2 Daniel Rowe 2020-12-20 09:50:11 UTC
Created attachment 1740613 [details]
Screen shot of settings app

Comment 3 Daniel Rowe 2020-12-20 10:09:04 UTC
pulseaudio -k also fixes sound until it is paused again.

Comment 4 Daniel Rowe 2021-01-08 03:14:33 UTC
I have done some more testing and:

On Kernel 5.8 no issues/problems. On kernel 5.9 or 5.10 the issue is present.

This seem to be kernel issue on any version > 5.8.

Comment 5 Ben Cotton 2021-11-04 16:22:02 UTC
This message is a reminder that Fedora 33 is nearing its end of life.
Fedora will stop maintaining and issuing updates for Fedora 33 on 2021-11-30.
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Comment 6 Ben Cotton 2021-11-30 17:38:48 UTC
Fedora 33 changed to end-of-life (EOL) status on 2021-11-30. Fedora 33 is
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