Quoting Jimmie James <jimmie...@gmail.com> (from Mon, 16 Mar 2009
With the recent snd_hda changes, I have more audio devices than ever:
hdac0: HDA Codec #0: Realtek ALC880
pcm0: <HDA Realtek ALC880 PCM #0 Digital> at cad 0 nid 1 on hdac0
pcm1: <HDA Realtek ALC880 PCM #1 Analog> at cad 0 nid 1 on hdac0
pcm2: <HDA Realtek ALC880 PCM #2 Analog> at cad 0 nid 1 on hdac0
pcm3: <HDA Realtek ALC880 PCM #3 Analog> at cad 0 nid 1 on hdac0
The new HDA code supports more stuff of your HDA soundchip. As you can
see above you have controls for digital output (and maybe input) at
With hw.snd.default_unit=1 I have (adjusting vol and pcm changes
volume level here.)
Mixer vol is currently set to 55:55
Mixer pcm is currently set to 50:50
Mixer mix is currently set to 0:0
Here you have probably the line-in and line-out jacks for analog data.
With hw.snd.default_unit=2 I have (adjusting vol and pcm does
nothing here, 0:0 or 100:100 nothing changes)
Mixer vol is currently set to 0:0
Mixer pcm is currently set to 0:0
Mixer mic is currently set to 0:0
Mixer mix is currently set to 60:60
Mixer rec is currently set to 0:0
Recording source: mic
The new code knows about front-jacks and rear-jacks, is able to play
on multiple channels (think about discrete home cinema surround sound
like 5.1 or 7.1). What the above (and below refers to, I don't know,
you don't give enough info).
With hw.snd.default_unit=3 I have
Mail notification sounds from Thunderbird are barely audible, and I
can't control the volume for it.
Can someone point me in the right direction to control/use the
different pcm* devices, the man pages aren't totally clear to me.
You could look at /dev/sndstat (AFAIK the color codes of the jack are
listed there, but I'm not sure about this) and the verbose bootmessage
(boot -v), they give more information. You also need to test your
loudspeakers/headphone/whatever on each jack for each pcm device.
If the sound still does not work as expected with a recent version of
FreeBSD, you need to send the (HDA) messages from a verbose boot to
this list with a description of what does not work as expected.
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