[ardour-users] Hammerfal woes-

Mark Knecht markknecht at gmail.com
Wed Mar 14 07:51:40 PDT 2007

Hi Dave

On 3/14/07, david headon <davidheadonuk at yahoo.co.uk> 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

hdspmixer for Linux is not supplied by RME. It was created by Thomas
Charbonell. Unfortunately Thomas no longer seems to be involved in
Linux audio so there isn't any active support for it that I know of. I
use it with my hdsp9652 successfully, but I've been running it for 3
or more years now.

> .
> Is this a problem with the particular version of the mixer?

I doubt it, but it could be. What happens if you start hdspmixer to
get audio going and then close the mixer before turning on the
Octopre? Does it still crash? IF so it's not the mixer but more likely
something in the hdsp9652 driver. If that was the case then possibly
Paul Davis or someone else involved in the development of that driver
would take a look.

I would also suggest running hdspconf before starting the mixer and
watching it carefully. Bad clocks can make the hdsp9652 config
settings jump around and hdspconf might show that. Once everything is
running start the Octopre with hdspconf running and see if you get
some clues.

Good luck and sorry for your problems,

> 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?
> dav-0
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