1. I have rhythmbox playing some music
2. Have another source of audio, I had centerim that outputs some beeps when I receive messages
3. In the sound preferences dialog, increase the volume that gets output for the centerim beep events
4. Some noise gets added to the music playing when a beep is emitted.
The beeps are of a really short duration and the noise is added when the beep starts as well when it ends.
Hmm, this might be caused by the hw volume changes we do. Could you verify with "alsamixer -c0" that the hw volume is modified when you hear this?
Does this sound like an electric problem to you? I.e. some kind of artifact caused by the hw instead of the software?
Yes, the 'master' volume changes in the alsamixer output when this happens.
hm, I can't say whether this is hw- or sw- related. The static noise is for a short duration; it sounds like it's the same each time and not dependent on the audio that's playing; so it could be a hw-related artifact but I can't really say.
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Subsystem: Lenovo Device 20f2
Control: I/O- Mem+ BusMaster+ SpecCycle- MemWINV- VGASnoop- ParErr- Stepping- SERR+ FastB2B- DisINTx-
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Interrupt: pin B routed to IRQ 17
Region 0: Memory at f2620000 (64-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=16K]
Capabilities: <access denied>
Kernel driver in use: HDA Intel
Kernel modules: snd-hda-intel
I just noticed that something strange happens also when the sound is restored to the previous value.
- have music playing via rhythmbox
- have beeps from an app like centerim be emitted at a higher volume
- when the beep starts, there's some noise as described above. The gnome-panel volume applet shows volume go up one level higher
- when the beep is finished, there's a momentary muting of the output (music). This again happens precisely when the gnome-panel volume applet goes from the higher level to lower.
Could this noise by caused simply by clipping? i.e. if we sum two 16bit signals the result might actually leave the 16bit range. Could that be the problem here?
I doubt that; but do you want me to try any debug build(s)?
It could be a result of clipping -- when my audio output is soft, I don't hear the noise and when I do hear the noise, it always sounds the same.
This forum thread seems similar:
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