Bug 466851 - HDA Intel/STAC92xx Analog, Default mixer initialization incorrect, volume very low
HDA Intel/STAC92xx Analog, Default mixer initialization incorrect, volume ver...
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: alsa-lib (Show other bugs)
All Linux
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Assigned To: Jaroslav Kysela
Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
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Reported: 2008-10-14 02:37 EDT by Răzvan Sandu
Modified: 2009-12-18 01:34 EST (History)
8 users (show)

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pavucontrol - tab 1 (65.37 KB, image/png)
2008-11-02 06:02 EST, Răzvan Sandu
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pavucontrol - tab2 (61.22 KB, image/png)
2008-11-02 06:03 EST, Răzvan Sandu
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pavucontrol - tab 3 (67.14 KB, image/png)
2008-11-02 06:04 EST, Răzvan Sandu
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pavucontrol - tab 4 (69.05 KB, image/png)
2008-11-02 06:04 EST, Răzvan Sandu
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An audio CD is just inserted... (78.69 KB, image/png)
2008-11-02 06:05 EST, Răzvan Sandu
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Rythmbox doesn't play (153.97 KB, image/png)
2008-11-02 06:08 EST, Răzvan Sandu
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VLC plays at very low volume (67.46 KB, image/png)
2008-11-02 06:11 EST, Răzvan Sandu
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Totem's option to play CDs is deactivated (91.46 KB, image/png)
2008-11-02 06:13 EST, Răzvan Sandu
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Sound Juicer says invalid stream (112.77 KB, image/png)
2008-11-02 06:19 EST, Răzvan Sandu
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Description Răzvan Sandu 2008-10-14 02:37:23 EDT
Description of problem:

On a system (which I've upgraded from Fedora 9 to latest rawhide), totem refuses to play any kind of file (despite the fact I've erased and reinstalled it completely via yum).

When double-clicking a media file, the error message is: "An error has occured: Failed to connect stream: Invalid argument".

I've tried to open:
- ogg files
- oga files 
- mp3 files
- mpg files

The corresponding files play with no problem using other players (mainly vlc).

I've discovered this after noting that SoundJuicer ripper now produces .oga files instead of .ogg and I've tried to play an .oga file.

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

How reproducible:
Always (on my system).

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Install the above totem packages
2. Double-click a multimedia file (free or non-free).

Actual results:
Totem doesn't play multimedia files.

Expected results:
Free multimedia files should play out of the box. Non-free multimedia files should play if the corresponding non-free codecs are installed (livna-supplied packages, via yum).

Additional info:
I've only enabled the official rawhide and livna-development yum repositories - in order to keep the soon-to-be Fedora 10 updated online, without package conflicts.
Comment 1 Bastien Nocera 2008-10-14 05:31:49 EDT
Launch totem from the command-line, you'll see that the error comes from pulseaudio itself.
Comment 2 Lennart Poettering 2008-10-19 16:22:31 EDT
Sounds like no audio device could be configured.

Which driver do you use?

Does "pavucontrol" show any output devices?
Comment 3 Răzvan Sandu 2008-10-19 22:44:09 EDT

In the mean time, it works - after the latest online updates.

The device is HDA Intel - STAC92xx Analog (on a Dell Inspiron 1520 laptop):

Comment 4 Matthias Clasen 2008-10-20 01:02:04 EDT
Thanks forthe update. Closing this bug then.
Comment 5 Răzvan Sandu 2008-10-24 16:13:24 EDT
Sorry, I was too optimistic about that - reopening bug.

I get the same error in SOME applications - for example, I cannot play CDs in rhytmbox or in sound juicer, while it works OK in gnome-mplayer.

Comment 6 Lennart Poettering 2008-10-24 16:22:36 EDT
Still sounds something is blocking your audio device when PA tries to open it. Does "pavucontrol" show any audio device for you?
Comment 7 Răzvan Sandu 2008-10-31 15:28:49 EDT

Yes - as I said, it shows HDA Intel - STAC92xx Analog. I'm running on a Dell Inspiron 1520 laptop.

The audio device used to work with no problem since Fedora 8 - no special drivers required, just the software from the Fedora official DVD.

Comment 8 Lennart Poettering 2008-11-01 15:29:11 EDT
Can you please open pavucontrol, make sure the device exists and the try to reproduce the issue in Totem? 

I am pretty sure that some other app is simply blocking acecss to the audio device which will then result in the error message you encountered because PA has not audio device to output data to.
Comment 9 Răzvan Sandu 2008-11-02 06:02:42 EST
Created attachment 322212 [details]
pavucontrol - tab 1

Here are a few screenshots that shows how the various multimedia applications behave.
Comment 10 Răzvan Sandu 2008-11-02 06:03:22 EST
Created attachment 322213 [details]
pavucontrol - tab2
Comment 11 Răzvan Sandu 2008-11-02 06:04:13 EST
Created attachment 322214 [details]
pavucontrol - tab 3
Comment 12 Răzvan Sandu 2008-11-02 06:04:47 EST
Created attachment 322215 [details]
pavucontrol - tab 4
Comment 13 Răzvan Sandu 2008-11-02 06:05:46 EST
Created attachment 322216 [details]
An audio CD is just inserted...
Comment 14 Răzvan Sandu 2008-11-02 06:08:29 EST
Created attachment 322217 [details]
Rythmbox doesn't play

In rythmbox, selecting a CD track and pressing Play leads to no result (nothing happens).
Comment 15 Răzvan Sandu 2008-11-02 06:11:31 EST
Created attachment 322218 [details]
VLC plays at very low volume

VLC plays normally, but the sound volume is quite low (despite the fact that all other controls, both hardware and software, are set to maximum).
Comment 16 Răzvan Sandu 2008-11-02 06:13:52 EST
Created attachment 322219 [details]
Totem's option to play CDs is deactivated

Totem menu options for playing CDs is deactivated; it seems some plugin is needed, but none offered/found.
Comment 17 Răzvan Sandu 2008-11-02 06:19:55 EST
Created attachment 322220 [details]
Sound Juicer says invalid stream

Trying to play the CD with the Play option in Sound Juicer leads to the error in the image.

Please suggest other test to perform and I'll be pleased to experiment with them.

Thanks a lot,
Comment 18 Răzvan Sandu 2008-11-02 06:33:25 EST
Ripping a CD with SoundJuicer now produces .oga files instead of .ogg files.

Some players - for example XMMS - don't seem to know to open them. 

However, players that do know play .ogg files at normal volume level.

Comment 19 Lennart Poettering 2008-11-02 10:37:42 EST
You can change the volume of each playback stream (like the one from VLC) in pavucontrol. 

.oga is the standardized name for OGG audio files. Many older programs called that .ogg before.

Hmm, if you type "pacat /dev/urandom" in a terminal. Do you hear any noise?
Comment 20 Răzvan Sandu 2008-11-04 16:38:32 EST

Even if sliders in pavucontrol are set to maximum (please see comment #11 above), volume is very low. Since this is a laptop, there are no cables to check...  ;-)

Of course, I know .ogg -> .ogg is just an extension change. But this simple change seems to confuse some players, according to my tests. Please try to open/play an .oga file by double-clicking it, when it is associated with various players installed on a Fedora system... The situation is similar on a Windows system.

Typing "pacat /dev/urandom" leads to:

[root@mazarin ~]# pacat /dev/urandom
Stream error: Invalid argument
[root@mazarin ~]# 

Comment 21 Răzvan Sandu 2008-11-04 16:55:32 EST
For another example why renaming .ogg files to .oga still induces collateral problems (even if technically correct), please see bug #468464.

Comment 22 Răzvan Sandu 2008-11-19 03:32:07 EST

Multimedia-related problems were present on my Dell Inspiron 1520 laptop since I've upgraded from Fedora 9 to rawhide (with daily updates) - as seen in comments above. IMHO, this is a regression.

For the moment, the most a annoying fact is that volume is very low, even if both hardware & software controls are set to maximum.

Could you please suggest a systematic way to double check all settings ?

This is the actual hardware profile of the laptop (smolt):


Thanks a lot,
Comment 23 Bug Zapper 2008-11-25 22:50:50 EST
This bug appears to have been reported against 'rawhide' during the Fedora 10 development cycle.
Changing version to '10'.

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Comment 24 Lennart Poettering 2008-12-18 09:13:59 EST
Is this issue still current? Have you played around with "alsamixer -c0" to get the mixer initialized correctly?
Comment 25 Răzvan Sandu 2009-01-06 10:14:27 EST
Hello and thanks, 

Yes, this still happens. Sound is *very* low in *some* cases, especially on YouTube, despite the fact both software and hardware controls are set to maximum.

I didn't played with  "alsamixer -c0"; I'll do this today and let you know ASAP.

Comment 26 Lennart Poettering 2009-02-24 20:44:35 EST
Hmm, I am pretty sure this is just another mixer initialization issue. Reassigning to alsa-libs, since it is now ALSA's job to come up with good default volumes.
Comment 27 Jaroslav Kysela 2009-03-17 07:23:21 EDT
Also, attach output from 'alsa-info.sh --no-upload'.
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