Missing output devices in sound preferences dialog

Bug #319281 reported by Christian Roessner on 2009-01-20
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This bug affects 3 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
gnome-media (Ubuntu)
Low
Ubuntu Desktop Bugs

Bug Description

Binary package hint: gnome-media

Hi,

In the preferences pane of the mixer applet, there are missing output devices. See screenshot :-)

http://www.roessner-net.com/bilder/Bildschirmfoto3.png

I miss the Digital output.

Pedro Villavicencio (pedro) wrote :

could you check if there available with pavucontrol? maybe it's a pulseaudio issue.

Changed in gnome-media:
assignee: nobody → desktop-bugs
importance: Undecided → Low
status: New → Incomplete

I have checked it and it is missing there, too.

http://www.roessner-net.com/bilder/pavucontrol.png

Problem still persists after update to pulseaudio-0.9.14. Tested with pavucontrol, too.

BTW: The german translation file for pavucontrol is buggy :-)

(pavucontrol:5683): Gtk-WARNING **: Failed to set text from markup due to error parsing markup: Fehler in Zeile 1, Zeichen 25: »>« ist kein gültiges Zeichen, wenn es auf die Zeichen »</« folgt; »>« darf keinen Elementnamen beginnen

It means:
Error in line 1, character 25: > is not a valid symbol if it follows on </ ; > must not begin with an element-name

Sebastien Bacher (seb128) wrote :

what version do you use exactly? could you add a screenshot to the bug showing the issue directly rather than adding url to other websites?

I use the latest Jaunty versions. Also added proposed and backports repos.

Not having the digital output results in having totem _not_ playing AC3-files over S/PDIF. Instead I only get the 6 channel analog surround sound.

Concerning the images, I let them on my server. When I find the time, I will upload them here.

My guess is that pulseaudio needs some workaround/trick to recognize the digital output. Does it need an asoundrc file? I do not have one, yet. Just the defaults from the distribution.

Sebastien Bacher (seb128) wrote :

The issue is an upstream one and it would be nice if somebody having it could send the bug the to the people writting the software (https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Bugs/Upstream/GNOME)

Changed in gnome-media (Ubuntu):
status: Incomplete → New
Sebastien Bacher (seb128) wrote :

Could you try if that's an issue on karmic?

Changed in gnome-media (Ubuntu):
status: New → Incomplete

H,

Sebastien Bacher schrieb:
> Could you try if that's an issue on karmic?

I do not want to upgrade my stable system, yet.

> ** Changed in: gnome-media (Ubuntu)
> Status: New => Incomplete
>
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> Missing output devices in sound preferences dialog
> https://bugs.launchpad.net/bugs/319281
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frankie (frankie-etsetb) wrote :

I just tested karmik alpha-5.

The sound preferences dialog has a hardware "tab". There is an option:

"Settings for the selected device"

where the profile can be choosed. There are options for many the output devices. Among them:

"Analog Surround 7.1 Output + Digital Stereo (IEC958)"
"Digital Stereo (HDMI) Output"
"Digital Stereo Duplex (IEC958)"
"Digitial Stereo (IEC958) Output + Digital Stereo (IEC958) Input"
I attach a capture from the dialog.

I think the IEC958 should be Surround 7.1, I tried speaker-test and it fails for more than 2 channels:

"Digital Surround 7.1 (IEC958 7.1) Output"

aplay -L
front:CARD=Intel,DEV=0
    HDA Intel, ALC888 Analog
    Front speakers
surround40:CARD=Intel,DEV=0
    HDA Intel, ALC888 Analog
    4.0 Surround output to Front and Rear speakers
surround41:CARD=Intel,DEV=0
    HDA Intel, ALC888 Analog
    4.1 Surround output to Front, Rear and Subwoofer speakers
surround50:CARD=Intel,DEV=0
    HDA Intel, ALC888 Analog
    5.0 Surround output to Front, Center and Rear speakers
surround51:CARD=Intel,DEV=0
    HDA Intel, ALC888 Analog
    5.1 Surround output to Front, Center, Rear and Subwoofer speakers
surround71:CARD=Intel,DEV=0
    HDA Intel, ALC888 Analog
    7.1 Surround output to Front, Center, Side, Rear and Woofer speakers
iec958:CARD=Intel,DEV=0
    HDA Intel, ALC888 Digital
    IEC958 (S/PDIF) Digital Audio Output
hdmi:CARD=Intel,DEV=0
    HDA Intel, INTEL HDMI
    HDMI Audio Output

$ speaker-test -Diec958 -c3 -twav

speaker-test 1.0.20

Playback device is iec958
Stream parameters are 48000Hz, S16_LE, 3 channels
WAV file(s)
Channels count (3) not available for playbacks: Invalid argument
Setting of hwparams failed: Invalid argument

Yfrwlf (yfrwlf) wrote :

Digital surround output is also missing for me on a Realtek ALC889A chipset. I only have "Digital Stereo Duplex (IEC958)" and various combinations of both output and input, while the analogue options include 4, 4.1, 5, and 5.1 surround. So, I guess it's not be detected correctly, or something? :P

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