[PlanetCCRMA] Saffire LE silence: a few, probably dumb, questions

sevol sevols.ear at gmail.com
Mon Apr 13 18:42:30 PDT 2009

On 4/11/09, Nigel Henry <cave.dnb2m97pp at aliceadsl.fr> wrote:

> When pulseaudio is installed, and enabled, you only see one control when
> opening alsamixer on the CLI. To see all controls for your soundcard, open
> alsamixer as below. This assumes you only have one soundcard on the machine.
> alsamixer -D hw:0
> I've just seen you also have a firewire card. I've no experience with
> firewire, but you could try alsamixer as below, if it's correctly detected
> as
> a second soundcard.
> alsamixer -D hw:1
> Post back the output of:  cat /proc/asound/cards
> Pulseaudio, itself, can be a pain in the backside, and can create more
> problems than it's supposed to be able to resolve. To disable it do the
> following. You can always re-enable it later, if you want it.
> Using Yum:
> yum remove alsa-plugins-pulseaudio
> If you also have KDE, this will also remove, kde-settings-pulseaudio.
> Using Apt:
> apt-get remove alsa-plugins-pulseaudio
> Same as above if you also have KDE installed.
> Nigel.
> btw: sound does work on linux, but sometimes it just takes a bit of time to
> get it sorted out.
Hi Nigel,

First, the short version: Nothing has helped so far to get audio.

Now, the long story :)

With the onboard audio card enabled & running

alsamixer -D hw:0

in the shell, the HDA Intel onboard card shows up.

In fact, there's 2 onboard audio chips on this moterboard. (I think.
If you look at my earlier post, 2

cards show up in the interrupt messages. The 2nd is the HDMI one.)

When I enter:

alsamixer -D hw:1

the HDMI HDA Intel chip shows up. NExt, hoping to find the Saffire LE,
I entered:

alsamixer -D hw:2

but nothing's found; even thought my Saffire LE is plugged in & it's
LEDs have gone from red to green,

indicating that it's functioning with the ffado driver & syncing (I'm
guessing a bit.) & only the

Intel chips show up in the output from 'cat /proc/asound/cards'

I'd disabled pluseaudio earlier. Now I can't remeber the routine I
used to to that, but do remember

checking & pluseaudio wasn't showing up. At some point I did a warm
reboot, & pluseaudo seems to have

resarrected itself. So, following your help, along with some of the
other suggestions, I removed

pluseaudio & disabled onboard sound in the bios, then again entered:

alsamixer -D hw:0

& to my discust, the HDMI HDA Intel chip still shows up.

Again hoping to find the Saffire LE, I then ran:

alsamixer -D hw:1

But nothing's found. (The Saffire LE is still plugged in & seems to be
recognized by ffado.)

& the main thing remains, sadly, no audio.

Thanks for the encouragement,


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