[ardour-users] A decent sound card for Ardour

John Emmas johne53 at tiscali.co.uk
Tue Feb 20 06:48:23 PST 2007

Hi Paul,

/dev/snd/ seems to contain a file called pcmC0D0p - but not one called

fuser /dev/snd/pcmC0D0p produces no output at all, whereas
fuser /dev/snd/pcmC1D0p produces the expected output:-

Cannot stat /dev/snd/pcmC1D0p:  No such file or directory

Does that seem like a bad sign??


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Paul Davis" <paul at linuxaudiosystems.com>
To: "John Emmas" <johne53 at tiscali.co.uk>
Cc: <ardour-users at lists.ardour.org>
Sent: 20 February 2007 14:19
Subject: Re: [ardour-users] A decent sound card for Ardour

> 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
> or
>   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.
> --p

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