Sound card device driver not good

Bug #191086 reported by yizuman on 2008-02-11
4
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
linux-ubuntu-modules-2.6.24 (Ubuntu)
Undecided
Ubuntu Audio Team

Bug Description

Binary package hint: hal

I am using a Compaq Presario 6000 and according to the hardware device information, I am using a nVidea nForce device driver for the sound card. Unfortunately, the sound is not very good, especially music.

Windows XP used a different driver called the SoundMax Integrated drivers, the speakers was boomin' awesome! I am wondering if the SoundMax Integrated driver or equivelant to it is available for Ubuntu?

I'm hearing-impaired by the way and I happen to like the boomin' vibration it makes when using the SoundMax driver, epecially when the speakers are sitting near the floor level where I can feel the floor vibrate :)

Any help on this? Please?

Thanks

ProblemType: Bug
Architecture: i386
Date: Mon Feb 11 16:14:26 2008
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 7.10
Package: hal 0.5.9.1-6ubuntu5
PackageArchitecture: i386
SourcePackage: hal
Uname: Linux anonymous-desktop 2.6.22-14-generic #1 SMP Fri Feb 1 04:59:50 UTC 2008 i686 GNU/Linux

yizuman (yizuman) wrote :
yizuman (yizuman) wrote :

Found a command in terminal that gave some info for my sound card...

**** List of PLAYBACK Hardware Devices ****
card 0: nForce [NVidia nForce], device 0: Intel ICH [NVidia nForce]
  Subdevices: 1/1
  Subdevice #0: subdevice #0
card 0: nForce [NVidia nForce], device 2: Intel ICH - IEC958 [NVidia nForce - IEC958]
  Subdevices: 1/1
  Subdevice #0: subdevice #0

Anyway, it just doesn't sound the same and SoundMax seemed to have made it better.

With it's current settings now, the sound is too low and some garbling as well.

Hope this additional information helps...

yizuman (yizuman) wrote :
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More info...

00:00.0 Host bridge: nVidia Corporation nForce CPU bridge (rev b2)
        Flags: bus master, 66MHz, fast devsel, latency 0
        Memory at ec000000 (32-bit, prefetchable) [size=64M]
        Capabilities: <access denied>

00:00.1 RAM memory: nVidia Corporation nForce 220/420 Memory Controller (rev b2)
        Subsystem: Compaq Computer Corporation Unknown device 00a8
        Flags: 66MHz, fast devsel

00:00.2 RAM memory: nVidia Corporation nForce 220/420 Memory Controller (rev b2)
        Subsystem: Compaq Computer Corporation Unknown device 00a8
        Flags: 66MHz, fast devsel

00:00.3 RAM memory: nVidia Corporation Unknown device 01aa (rev b2)
        Subsystem: Compaq Computer Corporation Unknown device 00a8
        Flags: 66MHz, fast devsel

00:01.0 ISA bridge: nVidia Corporation nForce ISA Bridge (rev c3)
        Flags: bus master, 66MHz, fast devsel, latency 0
        Capabilities: <access denied>

00:01.1 SMBus: nVidia Corporation nForce PCI System Management (rev c1)
        Subsystem: Compaq Computer Corporation Unknown device 00a8
        Flags: 66MHz, fast devsel, IRQ 10
        I/O ports at 24a0 [size=16]
        I/O ports at 24b0 [size=16]
        I/O ports at 2480 [size=32]
        Capabilities: <access denied>

00:02.0 USB Controller: nVidia Corporation nForce USB Controller (rev c3) (prog-if 10 [OHCI])
        Subsystem: Compaq Computer Corporation Unknown device 00a8
        Flags: bus master, 66MHz, fast devsel, latency 0, IRQ 16
        Memory at f8400000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=4K]
        Capabilities: <access denied>

00:03.0 USB Controller: nVidia Corporation nForce USB Controller (rev c3) (prog-if 10 [OHCI])
        Subsystem: Compaq Computer Corporation Unknown device 00a8
        Flags: bus master, 66MHz, fast devsel, latency 0, IRQ 16
        Memory at f8401000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=4K]
        Capabilities: <access denied>

00:04.0 Ethernet controller: nVidia Corporation nForce Ethernet Controller (rev c2)
        Subsystem: Compaq Computer Corporation Unknown device 00a8
        Flags: bus master, 66MHz, fast devsel, latency 0, IRQ 17
        Memory at f8403000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=1K]
        I/O ports at 24d0 [size=8]
        Capabilities: <access denied>

00:06.0 Multimedia audio controller: nVidia Corporation nForce Audio (rev c2)
        Subsystem: Compaq Computer Corporation Unknown device 00a8
        Flags: bus master, 66MHz, fast devsel, latency 0, IRQ 19
        I/O ports at 2000 [size=256]
        I/O ports at 2400 [size=128]
        Memory at f8402000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=4K]
        Capabilities: <access denied>

00:08.0 PCI bridge: nVidia Corporation nForce PCI-to-PCI bridge (rev c2) (prog-if 00 [Normal decode])
        Flags: bus master, 66MHz, fast devsel, latency 0
        Bus: primary=00, secondary=02, subordinate=02, sec-latency=64
        I/O behind bridge: 00001000-00001fff
        Memory behind bridge: f8500000-f87fffff
        Prefetchable memory behind bridge: 20000000-200fffff

00:09.0 IDE interface: nVidia Corporation nForce IDE (rev c3) (prog-if 8a [Master SecP PriP])
        Subsystem: Compaq Computer Corporation Unknown devi...

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yizuman (yizuman) wrote :

Sorry to keep adding more info, but I found my type of PC which is a Compaq Presario 6000EA and located a page that tells me what kind of driver my computer originally had for my sound card...

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/softwareList?os=228&lc=en&cc=us&dlc=en&product=94001&lang=en

Top left reads...

 ADI SoundMax AC97 Audio Driver for Windows 98SE/2000/ME/XP

Ok so I read this page after clicking from above link...

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/softwareDownloadIndex?softwareitem=ob-45392-1&lc=en&cc=us&dlc=en&product=94001&os=228&lang=en

Release Date: 2003-07-26 Version: 5.12.01.3529

Description

This SoftPaq contains the audio driver (NVIDIA chipsets) for the ADI SoundMax Integrated Digital Audio Controller.

NOTES:
# For support of Intel ICH1 chipsets, download SoftPaq SP21180.
# For support of Intel ICH2 or ICH4 chipsets, download SoftPaq SP24482.
# For support of Via686 chipsets, download SoftPaq SP19397.
# For Windows NT 4.0 support, download SoftPaq SP24497.
# For OS2 support, download SoftPaq SP24498
# For support of Linux, visit Alsa for the latest supported drivers

So I visited the Alsa website...

http://www.alsa-project.org/main/index.php/Main_Page

So hopefully I am on the right track and maybe there's a driver that suits my needs...

Unless you know exactly what it is I need and how to install it.

Ok I'll shut up now :p

yizuman (yizuman) wrote :

Ok I found my entire system specs, nothing's been changed except for new speakers on my system....

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/genericDocument?docname=c00009558&cc=us&dlc=en&lc=en&jumpid=reg_R1002_USEN

Hope this helps and maybe get a better driver other than what I got on now.

Caroline Ford (secretlondon) wrote :

Could you attach some files for us?

The result of cat /proc/asound/cards

uname -a > uname-a.log
sudo lspci -vvnn > lspci-vvnn.log
dpkg -i linux-ubuntu-modules-$(uname -r)

Could you go to https://wiki.ubuntu.com/DebuggingSoundProblems and run the automated sound information collection script?

Changed in hal:
status: New → Incomplete
Daniel T Chen (crimsun) wrote :

Normally sound "fidelity" issues are caused by misconfigured (i.e., set too high) mixer levels. The driver itself is not at issue.

Changed in linux-ubuntu-modules-2.6.24:
assignee: nobody → ubuntu-audio
status: Incomplete → Won't Fix
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