No output through SPDIf, but analog works. How do I get output through SPDIF?
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Wow, I just conquered this feat like 2 weeks ago. Check the settings on "IEC958 Playback AC97-SPSA" and be sure it's set to volume level '0'. The different levels are outlined on the alsa wiki, but basically 0 is the necessary level to get S/PDIF output. The volume isn't what is actually being adjusted, although that's what is thought.
A side bit of knowledge that I found in my trek for information on this:
S/PDIF stands for:
Sony/Panasonic Digital Interface
Unfortunately that did not solve the problem - there is still nothing coming through.
Although I'm sure that would have inhibited it once I solved the _other_ problems. :-)
What do you think I should check next?
The mobo is definitely communicating with my stereo in digital (you can tell), but there is no actual audio coming through.
I have the things in volume control unmuted.
It's fucking amazziiinnnngg. And stupid at the same time. Tried for hours to solve pb by updating many thing and looking on hundreds of forum.
I don't know if it works a lot but for me just fine, I explain :
I have Asus with SPDIF out on a intel ICH5 (intel8x0) sound chip. Mandriva 2005 installed. I had sound in totem but only for AC3 signal.
But no other sound, not in gnome for events, not in xmms and not even in totem with regular PCM sound.
Seam to work find in players but no sound on the amplifier.
Then I just read some guy says to set slider from digital to 0. So I go to GNOME ALSA mixer and set le IEC958P slider to 0 (not really beleving it will do any good). And I close the panel and hear a sound. Think I dreamed it. AND NO ! THERE SOUND !!!
VERY STUPID !
So pass this info 'cause it won't solve always this pb for everybody but cost only 2 sec so just give it a try.
I'm a bit of a newbie here, and I am experiencing the same problem: no sound through SPDIF. I am not sure I understand the suggestions that were being made. I use Gnome, so I don't have the KDE mixer. As for the Gnome mixer, I am assuming you mean gamix? I have gamix, qamix, ALSA mixer gui, Envy24Control (doesn't seem to do anything), HDSP mixer, RMEDigiControl ("No RME Digi Soundcard found"), Volume Control and VOlume Monitor.
As for hardware, I am using the old SoundBlaster Live! Value with digital output. I just migrated from Windows Millenium and had no problem there getting digital output from WinDVD.
I certainly would appreciate any help I can get. This is driving me nuts!
Thank you for the response RobAnt. I've had so many things to take care of with OpenSUSE that I simply switched to Ubuntu and 100% of issues that I had have been resolved with far less effort than it took to research and experiment with OpenSUSE...and still not get anywhere.
Actually, my problem related to playing SPDIF for DVD through Xine. With Ubuntu, I just had to select SPDIF pass-through in Xine and it worked. I'm not sure if I had tried that or not in OpenSUSE right before I switched. Also, I had used the ALSA mixer without much luck.
This post put me on the right track. I'm running SuSE Linx 10.0 on an ASUS A8N-SLI Deluxe. This mobo has the Realtek ALC850. I plug my audio in through digital coax to my speakers. Yesterday I got the drivers setup correctly, and all looked like it was working. I just couldn't hear it. So, I plugged headphones into the analog output and there was sound. I wanted to use my existing digital connection to my speakers so I found this thread. I looked for IEC958 in each of the volume controls. I couldn't get any of them to give me sound until I opened gamix. Gamix has IEC958 with a drop down list. Just to the right is Playback with a slider. I dragged the slider to the left and clicked the little white box under it. Voila! Just what I needed. Many thanks!
For those running Gutsy Gibbon who haven't had any luck, try going through the following:
Systems -> Preferences -> Sounds
Then under the Default Mixer Tracks portion set the device to the digital device (in our case HDA Intel (Alsa Mixer)) then scroll down and click IEC958 from the list. You then need to increase the volume for IEC958 playback (i.e. the opposite of that posted here).