Alsa keeps the values in memory and writes it into the 
/etc/alsa/asound.state file during shutdown. The file has a new 
timestamp, so someone is writing into it at least.

Sorry my master asound.state file was working but not standard. I have 
now 5 values that are different between a standard XO (build 767) and a 
"no sound XO"

Master Mono Playback Switch: is "false" should be "true" (line 50)
Master Mono Playback Volume: is "0" should be "28" (line 61)
PCM Playback Switch: is "false:false" should be "true:true" (line 178)
PCM Playback Volume: is "0:0" should be "22:22" (line 190)
Capture Volume: is "0:0" should be "15:15" (line 287)

I hope that helps.

Regards,
Philipp

James Cameron wrote:
> On Wed, Dec 31, 2008 at 09:22:17AM +0700, Philipp Kocher wrote:
>> It seems like always the same 7 values are wrong.
> 
> Which 7 values?
> 
>> 1. Copy /etc/alsa/asound.state of a "healthy" XO to USB flash drive
> 
> Okay, so it is in /etc/alsa on those builds?  Are you sure that file is
> in use?  On the build I'm using, there is a file in
> /etc/alsa/asound.state that is not updated, as well as one in
> /etc/asound.state .  (I would have thought /var would have been more
> appropriate).
> 
> Your process has two steps and requires a working XO.  I think it is
> even simpler to
> 
>       alsactl -f /dev/null restore
> 
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