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Old 08-17-04, 01:07 AM   #1
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Default New nvsound driver. Great sound but still having some problems...

First of all kudos to the nvidia people. You guys are doing great work for us linux fans. The graphics driver is just great and keeps getting better. I have NEVER had a problem with the driver in any way.

But the sound story is slightly different. For months now i have been working with Kernel 2.6 (2.6.7 currently) so had to content with the ALSA drivers (i have given my system config below). The alsa drivers gave a pathetic sound quality and that too with only 2 channels. So naturally i was delighted to find the new NForce nvsound 1.0-0283 drivers from nvidia with 6-channel sound and hardware mixing! The sound quality is great and the hardware mixing really works.

But i am having some small annoyances:

- nvmixer forgets the '5.1 speakers' mode everytime i boot my system and i have to set the mode manually.

- the driver does not have options to create the center channel and the LFE as the windows one does. Does anybody know how to artificially create the center channel from stereo files using this driver or some plugin for any audio player under linux.

- when i play 5.1 AC3 files the channels get swapped in wierd ways. While playing one file the center channel is played in the right front speaker! Similarly while playing multichannel ogg files too the channels dont play at their own place. But strangely when i play multichannel WMA (windows media audio) or WMV (windows media video) files through the mplayer plugin the channels play properly. May be this problem is more concerned with the media players under linux than the drivers.

My configuraton:

ASUS A7N266-E board with original nforce1 chip
Athlon 1800+
Geforce3 Ti 200

I had to do the following to make the nvsound driver work. hope it helps somebody:
- add the boot paramaters 'acpi=off' and 'noapic' to the kernel, otherwise the nvsound module would hang while being loaded.
- use '-channels 6' while using mplayer. Otherwise it says 'Your system is too SLOW to play this!' while playing certain video files and then hangs.

If it feels good. it must be Linux!
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