[ardour-users] Hammerfal woes-

Paul Davis paul at linuxaudiosystems.com
Wed Mar 14 07:47:05 PDT 2007

On Wed, 2007-03-14 at 14:34 +0000, david headon wrote:
> Hey all,
> I have an RME hdsp 9652 PCI bus with expansion card. 
> I bought this on its linux friendly-high spec merits.
> i recently got an octopre-le for ADAT I/O.
> i have found that i have to run the mixer to get the card working, but
> that a short while after the octopre is switched on it will crash
> ( the mixer- goes haywire! ).
> also, if you boot with the octopre-le switched on, the mixer starts up
> then chashes as before.
> i have heard in forums that RME have not been too quick on the mixer
> updates
> .
> Is this a problem with the particular version of the mixer?
> Also, after shutting the mixer, i can start jack and see all the hdsp
> connections,
> then launch Ardour, and violla, the audio arrives intact, and actually
> soudning rather good.
> THEN, the gui or something freeezes the Xsession solid, and i can't
> even escape to a prompt using ctrl-alt-f1.
> i have high hopes both for octopre-le and Hammerfall, but i keep
> having to restart ( hard shutdown ) when this happens.
> i've poked around with jack settings to see if it's memmory or
> whatever.
> I know i need more ram, but i think there may be a driver/gui issue of
> some kind .
> thoughts?

i don't have many thoughts. i've not heard of this behaviour before.
there have been growing numbers of problems recently with people who
have the newer firmware which is still not properly supported by the
ALSA driver. but in that case, you get no sound from the device at all. 
the behaviour you are describing (locking up X) is much more severe than
that, and is unlikely to be related. however, lets start at the
beginning, by posting the output of /sbin/lspci

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