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Old 04-22-2012, 02:57 PM   #1
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Does the Aluratek Bump speaker work on linux?


I recently bought this wireless speaker.

$ uname -r
Quote:
Linux adria 2.6.39-ck #1 SMP PREEMPT Tue Aug 2 23:24:10 EDT 2011 x86_64 Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-2630QM CPU @ 2.00GHz GenuineIntel GNU/Linux
Before plugging in the usb dongle:
$ aplay -l
Quote:
**** List of PLAYBACK Hardware Devices ****
card 0: PCH [HDA Intel PCH], device 0: ALC269VB Analog [ALC269VB Analog]
Subdevices: 1/1
Subdevice #0: subdevice #0
card 0: PCH [HDA Intel PCH], device 3: HDMI 0 [HDMI 0]
Subdevices: 1/1
Subdevice #0: subdevice #0
Once I plug in the ubs dongle:
# tail -f /var/log/messages.log
Quote:
Apr 22 15:33:53 localhost kernel: [ 354.559003] input: SYNIC SYNIC Wireless Audio as /devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:1d.0/usb2/2-1/2-1.1/2-1.1:1.3/input/input13
Apr 22 15:33:53 localhost kernel: [ 354.559102] generic-usb 0003:1A1D:0002.0004: input,hidraw3: USB HID v1.00 Device [SYNIC SYNIC Wireless Audio] on usb-0000:00:1d.0-1.1/input3
Apr 22 15:33:53 localhost kernel: [ 354.700835] usbcore: registered new interface driver snd-usb-audio
Then again:
$ aplay -l
Quote:
**** List of PLAYBACK Hardware Devices ****
card 0: PCH [HDA Intel PCH], device 0: ALC269VB Analog [ALC269VB Analog]
Subdevices: 1/1
Subdevice #0: subdevice #0
card 0: PCH [HDA Intel PCH], device 3: HDMI 0 [HDMI 0]
Subdevices: 1/1
Subdevice #0: subdevice #0
card 1: Audio [SYNIC Wireless Audio], device 0: USB Audio [USB Audio]
Subdevices: 1/1
Subdevice #0: subdevice #0
Once plugged in, the dongle's led starts flickering, but after I turn on the speaker, there is no switch to a steady light (which normally happens under windows), and there is no sound.

$ lsmod | grep '^snd' | column -t
Quote:
snd_usb_audio 87910 0
snd_usbmidi_lib 17921 1 snd_usb_audio
snd_rawmidi 18794 1 snd_usbmidi_lib
snd_seq_device 5036 1 snd_rawmidi
snd_hda_codec_hdmi 21872 1
snd_hda_codec_realtek 292575 1
snd_hda_intel 21418 1
snd_mixer_oss 15331 0
snd_hda_codec 73639 3 snd_hda_intel,snd_hda_codec_realtek,snd_hda_codec_hdmi
snd_hwdep 6006 2 snd_hda_codec,snd_usb_audio
snd_pcm 71224 4 snd_hda_codec,snd_hda_intel,snd_hda_codec_hdmi,snd_usb_audio
snd_timer 18768 1 snd_pcm
$ ls -l /dev/snd
Quote:
total 0
drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 60 Apr 22 15:33 by-id
drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 80 Apr 22 15:33 by-path
crw-rw----+ 1 root audio 116, 7 Apr 22 08:53 controlC0
crw-rw----+ 1 root audio 116, 9 Apr 22 15:33 controlC1
crw-rw----+ 1 root audio 116, 6 Apr 22 08:53 hwC0D0
crw-rw----+ 1 root audio 116, 5 Apr 22 08:53 hwC0D3
crw-rw----+ 1 root audio 116, 4 Apr 22 08:53 pcmC0D0c
crw-rw----+ 1 root audio 116, 3 Apr 22 08:53 pcmC0D0p
crw-rw----+ 1 root audio 116, 2 Apr 22 08:53 pcmC0D3p
crw-rw----+ 1 root audio 116, 8 Apr 22 15:33 pcmC1D0p
crw-rw---- 1 root audio 116, 1 Apr 22 08:53 seq
crw-rw----+ 1 root audio 116, 33 Apr 22 08:53 timer
Finally, alsamixer shows the card, but there is nothing else but this message:
Quote:
This sound device does not have any controls
Thanks for reading this.
 
Old 04-30-2012, 07:57 PM   #2
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hi

I am surprised that alsamixer would show it as it appears to be a speaker device and if its not a mixer,
there can not be any software mixer levels.

however, aplay shows card 1 so I am wrong there.

can you just try a quick test...open a terminal and run as local user

alsamixer -c1

2) are you using alsa only or do you have a sound server as well just as jack or pulseaudio?
 
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Old 04-30-2012, 08:13 PM   #3
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I was wondering what

Code:
lsusb -v
Might show for the chipset on that device also since I was thinking of getting one also. I have seen them on advertised on Satellite TV
Commercials. I wonder about the chipset because it may need firmware to function in Linux properly and maybe a kernel upgrade is all that is needed, (maybe, cuz I don't know)

Currently. I use one of these plugged into one of these with these in conjunction with pianobar in my Motorcycle Shop Desktop. But I am looking for something smaller to carry on the motorcycle with my EEEPC Netbooks on the road.

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Old 05-09-2012, 12:27 AM   #4
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Thank you guys for answering.
I apologize for taking such a long time myself. Since I did not see any reply for several days I assumed there was nobody interested on my post, and forgot to get back to this thread and check again. Sorry.
 
Old 05-09-2012, 06:28 PM   #5
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Smile Answering your questions

$ lsusb -v (I'm printing only the part referring to the dongle, after comparing the output between with and without the dongle in):
Quote:
Device Status: 0x0000
(Bus Powered)

Bus 008 Device 003: ID 1a1d:0002
Device Descriptor:
bLength 18
bDescriptorType 1
bcdUSB 1.10
bDeviceClass 0 (Defined at Interface level)
bDeviceSubClass 0
bDeviceProtocol 0
bMaxPacketSize0 8
idVendor 0x1a1d
idProduct 0x0002
bcdDevice 1.00
iManufacturer 1 SYNIC
iProduct 2 SYNIC Wireless Audio
iSerial 0
bNumConfigurations 1
Configuration Descriptor:
bLength 9
bDescriptorType 2
wTotalLength 132
bNumInterfaces 3
bConfigurationValue 1
iConfiguration 0
bmAttributes 0x80
(Bus Powered)
MaxPower 100mA
Interface Descriptor:
bLength 9
bDescriptorType 4
bInterfaceNumber 0
bAlternateSetting 0
bNumEndpoints 0
bInterfaceClass 1 Audio
bInterfaceSubClass 1 Control Device
bInterfaceProtocol 0
iInterface 0
AudioControl Interface Descriptor:
bLength 9
bDescriptorType 36
bDescriptorSubtype 1 (HEADER)
bcdADC 1.00
wTotalLength 30
bInCollection 1
baInterfaceNr( 0) 1
AudioControl Interface Descriptor:
bLength 12
bDescriptorType 36
bDescriptorSubtype 2 (INPUT_TERMINAL)
bTerminalID 1
wTerminalType 0x0101 USB Streaming
bAssocTerminal 0
bNrChannels 2
wChannelConfig 0x0003
Left Front (L)
Right Front (R)
iChannelNames 0
iTerminal 0
AudioControl Interface Descriptor:
bLength 9
bDescriptorType 36
bDescriptorSubtype 3 (OUTPUT_TERMINAL)
bTerminalID 3
wTerminalType 0x0301 Speaker
bAssocTerminal 0
bSourceID 1
iTerminal 0
Interface Descriptor:
bLength 9
bDescriptorType 4
bInterfaceNumber 1
bAlternateSetting 0
bNumEndpoints 0
bInterfaceClass 1 Audio
bInterfaceSubClass 2 Streaming
bInterfaceProtocol 0
iInterface 0
Interface Descriptor:
bLength 9
bDescriptorType 4
bInterfaceNumber 1
bAlternateSetting 1
bNumEndpoints 1
bInterfaceClass 1 Audio
bInterfaceSubClass 2 Streaming
bInterfaceProtocol 0
iInterface 0
AudioStreaming Interface Descriptor:
bLength 7
bDescriptorType 36
bDescriptorSubtype 1 (AS_GENERAL)
bTerminalLink 1
bDelay 1 frames
wFormatTag 1 PCM
AudioStreaming Interface Descriptor:
bLength 11
bDescriptorType 36
bDescriptorSubtype 2 (FORMAT_TYPE)
bFormatType 1 (FORMAT_TYPE_I)
bNrChannels 2
bSubframeSize 2
bBitResolution 16
bSamFreqType 1 Discrete
tSamFreq[ 0] 48000
Endpoint Descriptor:
bLength 9
bDescriptorType 5
bEndpointAddress 0x01 EP 1 OUT
bmAttributes 9
Transfer Type Isochronous
Synch Type Adaptive
Usage Type Data
wMaxPacketSize 0x00c0 1x 192 bytes
bInterval 1
bRefresh 0
bSynchAddress 0
AudioControl Endpoint Descriptor:
bLength 7
bDescriptorType 37
bDescriptorSubtype 1 (EP_GENERAL)
bmAttributes 0x01
Sampling Frequency
bLockDelayUnits 1 Milliseconds
wLockDelay 1 Milliseconds
Interface Descriptor:
bLength 9
bDescriptorType 4
bInterfaceNumber 3
bAlternateSetting 0
bNumEndpoints 2
bInterfaceClass 3 Human Interface Device
bInterfaceSubClass 0 No Subclass
bInterfaceProtocol 0 None
iInterface 0
HID Device Descriptor:
bLength 9
bDescriptorType 33
bcdHID 1.00
bCountryCode 0 Not supported
bNumDescriptors 1
bDescriptorType 34 Report
wDescriptorLength 53
Report Descriptors:
** UNAVAILABLE **
Endpoint Descriptor:
bLength 7
bDescriptorType 5
bEndpointAddress 0x83 EP 3 IN
bmAttributes 3
Transfer Type Interrupt
Synch Type None
Usage Type Data
wMaxPacketSize 0x0006 1x 6 bytes
bInterval 10
Endpoint Descriptor:
bLength 7
bDescriptorType 5
bEndpointAddress 0x03 EP 3 OUT
bmAttributes 3
Transfer Type Interrupt
Synch Type None
Usage Type Data
wMaxPacketSize 0x0006 1x 6 bytes
bInterval 10
$ alsamixer -c1
Selection_003.png
F6
Selection_004.png
After choosing '2 SYNIC Wireless Audio'
Selection_005.png
 
Old 05-09-2012, 11:54 PM   #6
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I'll be looking through

http://www.linux-usb.org/usb.ids

Quote:
1a1d:0002
to see what I can find which turns up

Quote:
1a1d Veho
0407 Mimi WiFi speakers
Gotta go to bed. Will research some more at a later date this week, maybe tomorrow if I have the time.
 
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Old 05-10-2012, 03:30 PM   #7
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Not much out there

http://forums.linuxmint.com/viewtopi...48628&p=280494

But it seems to work in Linux Mint OK.

Quote:
now sorted - changed output to wireless
I hate threads like this posted in Mint forums.
No details.
 
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Old 05-11-2012, 02:30 AM   #8
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You are right. Extremely cryptic. I hate when an OP solves the problem and then does not bother to explain to the people who have been following, how the solutioon came about and what exactly the solution was.
Now on the other hand, the device showed on that post is not the one I purchased, I believe.
 
Old 05-13-2012, 03:24 PM   #9
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Ok. I started looking for

Quote:
SYNIC Wireless Audio
since

Code:
iManufacturer 1 SYNIC
iProduct 2 SYNIC Wireless Audio
also shows in lusb -v report.

Finding a bit more in that search.

http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1867586

http://support.plugable.com/plugable...from_gsfn=true

I used "SYNIC Wireless Audio ubuntu" as a search term.

From what I gathered. SYNIC wireless chip is supported in the Linux kernel OK. No need for any firmware. The trick is to get pulseaudio or whatever to switch to it from the internal sound card. I know I am sounding kinda cryptic but I don;t own one of these yet to play with it. I guess that what was meant in that cruddy Linux Mint thread. You have to make the default sound go to the wireless usb instead of internal sound card.

I know you told alsa to use the wireless usb and it said it had no controls for it. Maybe a newer version of alsa or using pulse audio in conjuction with alsa may do the trick. I don't know though. Just poking around in the dark here.

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Old 05-13-2012, 03:44 PM   #10
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Also. Here I saw searching in videos

Quote:
Apr 26, 2012 - 15 min - Uploaded by plugabletech
Setting up the Plugable USB2-SYNIC USB 2.0 Wireless Audio Kitby plugabletech 2185 views; Userful ...
The 4 videos (I have not watched them yet)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YcF5ksYnfcY

They are long videos and I am watching NBA basketball playoffs. Sorry.
 
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Old 06-10-2012, 02:00 PM   #11
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Smile

Thank you rokytnji for your thoughtful posts.
I'm marking this thread solved not because I got the speakers to work, but because the number and depth of ideas kindly posted here are outlining the limits (knowledge and current technology available), degree of difficulty, odds of success and possible time the task will require. The information and links on this thread provide initial orientation and resources to start some hacking on this sort of devices.
I plan to learn more about alsa, pulseaudio and Linux sound in general in the future. Once I have a better background (and some scripting abilities) I would like to get another device of this type and make it work (and I will post my findings on LQ). Once that is firmly accomplished, it may lead to other interesting applications, I believe. I do not fear the learning curve (and actually, I'm including this subject on my 'todo' list of subjects to learn).
For the time being, however, I have to pick up my battles
I have some more pressing (bread winning) tasks for this Linux box, so I decided to buy a $25 set of wired speakers. I just need them to perform well enough to understand voice messages.
Thanks again, I'll see you on other threads
 
  


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