Missing output devices in sound preferences dialog

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

Bug Description

Binary package hint: gnome-media


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


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.


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


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
> --
> Missing output devices in sound preferences dialog
> https://bugs.launchpad.net/bugs/319281
> You received this bug notification because you are a direct subscriber
> of the bug.

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
    HDA Intel, ALC888 Analog
    Front speakers
    HDA Intel, ALC888 Analog
    4.0 Surround output to Front and Rear speakers
    HDA Intel, ALC888 Analog
    4.1 Surround output to Front, Rear and Subwoofer speakers
    HDA Intel, ALC888 Analog
    5.0 Surround output to Front, Center and Rear speakers
    HDA Intel, ALC888 Analog
    5.1 Surround output to Front, Center, Rear and Subwoofer speakers
    HDA Intel, ALC888 Analog
    7.1 Surround output to Front, Center, Side, Rear and Woofer speakers
    HDA Intel, ALC888 Digital
    IEC958 (S/PDIF) Digital Audio Output
    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

To post a comment you must log in.
This report contains Public information  Edit
Everyone can see this information.

Other bug subscribers