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SubjectRe: [alsa-devel] [regression] 2.6.25-rc4 snd-es18xx broken on Alpha
On 11-03-08 15:07, Bob Tracy wrote:

> Both native ALSA and emulated OSS playback are broken based on last
> night's testing. Just to rule out sound hardware issues, this morning I
> built a 2.6.25-rc4 kernel with OSS (sb driver), and that seems to be
> working fine.

Okay... From your testing report:

>> $ sox foo.wav -t alsa default
> Playback results in infinite loop over the first quarter second or so
> of audio. Using "aplay" results in same looping behavior over a longer
> segment of audio -- maybe a half second.

This is behaviour consistent with the IRQ being dead ...

>> > $ sox foo.wav -t ossdsp /dev/dsp
> Identical results to using "play" (as expected): for the 50K ".wav"
> file, I hear the entire file approx. 1.8 times.

... and this isn't. Worse yet, we have a conflicting report from Michael
where things are fine while using aplay and I'm seeing nothing particularly
suspicious recently. I suppose it used to work and I suppose the behaviour
you are describing above is 100% repeatable?

Given that you can use aplay -- probably no difference with "aplay -M" ?

To get to the bottom of this we might need to get a specific failed version
(for readers, it's not been verified that this is a regression since 2.6.24)
but we can try to get lucky first.

The most recent change to sound/isa/es18xx.c that's not utterly impossible
to have made a difference is 1bc9eed379399484d3f5d5a0834674983969bc1,
"es18xx: Enable wavetable input from ESS chips". I don't know if you're a
GIT user. If you are, you can revert it simply with

$ git revert 1bc9eed3

If you're not a GIT user, applying the attached should work. Unlikely, but
as said, we can try.

> I tried a few rmmod/insmod cycles with different values for dma2.
> Results as follows:
> (a) dma2=1 (== dma1): no change
> (b) dma2 option omitted : no change
> (c) dma2=-1 : probe failed

Okay. A and B seem to at least confirm it's not the 16-bit DMA.

commit 8fa1de6349913b63d8ebfb27003b7045eeb9f12a
Author: Rene Herman <>
Date: Tue Mar 11 15:52:36 2008 +0100

Revert "[ALSA] es18xx: Enable wavetable input from ESS chips"

This reverts commit 1bc9eed379399484d3f5d5a0834674983969bc1e.

diff --git a/sound/isa/es18xx.c b/sound/isa/es18xx.c
index 90498e4..865ab1d 100644
--- a/sound/isa/es18xx.c
+++ b/sound/isa/es18xx.c
@@ -1441,8 +1441,6 @@ static int __devinit snd_es18xx_initialize(struct snd_es18xx *chip)
snd_es18xx_write(chip, 0xB2, 0x50);
/* Enable MPU and hardware volume interrupt */
snd_es18xx_mixer_write(chip, 0x64, 0x42);
- /* Enable ESS wavetable input */
- snd_es18xx_mixer_bits(chip, 0x48, 0x10, 0x10);
else {
int irqmask, dma1mask, dma2mask;
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