[PlanetCCRMA] Something's forcing HDMI as default ALSA device

Brian Fay ovaltinevortex at gmail.com
Sat Aug 16 15:08:33 PDT 2014

Hi Janina,

Is it possible to set your default card by modifying or creating a new
~/.asoundrc file? Doing this you should be able to create an alias for

If I'm recalling correctly, I've done this before to make my USB sound card
the default audio device. I'm not sure how Speakup selects its device, but
maybe doing this would help?

The .asoundrc setup will vary depending on setup, but there is some
documentation here:

I hope it helps,
Brian Fay

On Sat, Aug 16, 2014 at 5:06 PM, Janina Sajka <janina at rednote.net> wrote:

> Hi,
> Something about the Linux kernel appears to me to have changed sometime
> after kernel-3.13.10. I'm not certain just exactly when, but all the
> kernels Fedora has released since 3.13.10 force the HDMI device as the
> default ALSA audio device.
> 3.13.10 is the last kernel release where my carefully constructed ALSA
> audio device ordering identifiers, in /etc/modprobe.d/local.conf,  work as
> expected.
> Any kernel beyond puts the onboard hdmi device as the default ALSA
> device, which is simply untenable in my setup. For me it's not even that
> I have nothing hanging off my HDMI port, I need the default device for
> the Speakup screen reader, and I can't affect that on the Speakup side,
> regretably. So, in effect,the system becomes unusable.
> I note the CCRMA kernels for Fedora 20 are now also well behind current
> Fedora releases and wonder if what I'm seeing is just one part of a
> number of changes relating to audio.
> Anyone know anything about this? Is there possibly a bug here that
> should be tagged sooner rather than later? This is a 3-month old issue
> now.
> tia
> Janina
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