[ardour-users] A decent sound card for Ardour

Paul Davis paul at linuxaudiosystems.com
Tue Feb 20 06:19:44 PST 2007

On Tue, 2007-02-20 at 13:42 +0000, John Emmas wrote:
> Thanks to everyone who helped me to get my sound card to work
> with Ubuntu (I'm using an RME Hammerfall HDSP 9632).  For reasons
> not connected with the sound card, I've decided to abandon Ubuntu and
> try something else (OpenSuse 10.2).  I've been using OpenSuse for the
> past 10 days and I feel much more comfortable with it than I ever felt with
> Ubuntu.  As luck would have it though, the only thing I haven't been able to
> get working is (you guessed it..) my sound card..!  I installed hdspmixer,
> like I had to do with Ubuntu - but whenever I try to play a sound, a message
> pops up saying "Audio Output Unavailable - Device Is Busy".  So far, I've
> tried Kaffeine and Amarok as my playback devices and I get the same
> message with both.
> I found this web page:-
> http://www.novell.com/documentation/opensuse102/index.html?page=/documentation/opensuse102/opensuse102_reference/data/sec_update_version.html
> which says that I need to change the default mixer from kmix (which is
> apparently preset by default) to hdspmixer - but it doesn;t give any
> indication of how to do that.  Does anyone here happen to know??

no, it has nothing to do with that.

the output of: 

   fuser /dev/snd/pcmC0D0p


   fuser /dev/snd/pcmC1D0p

(depending on whether the HDSP9632 is the first or second audio device
in /proc/asound/cards) 

should be instructive. if you don't fuser installed, then there are some
other things to try.

you probably have another sound daemon or application running that has
the device open. this is rather typical of SuSE.


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