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Old 06-19-2008, 07:08 AM   #1
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Bose Companion 5 speakers under Lenny

Does anyone have experience of getting Bose Companion 5 speakers to play
with Lenny ?

There is a helpful post on the Ubuntu forums

and using that my Bose speakers worked fine under Ubuntu 7.10 and 8.04.

I've changed to Debian partly because my tower is a few years old and can't
always handle the latest of everything; partly because I just value stability.

I realize that Debian (Lenny, weekly build of June 5th) is less uptodate
than Ubuntu but the speakers did work perfectly for one session with the
same .asoundrc and .asoundconf files as for Ubuntu.

On rebooting they failed -- just a thin steady pitch from the speakers.

Running alsaconf from the menu finds cards:

ens1371 Ensoniq ES1371 [AudioPCI-97] (rev
intel8x0 Intel Corporation 82801DB/DBL/DBM
mpu401 snd-mpu401
legacy Probe legacy ISA (non-PnP) chips

I've tried each of the first three in turn. Under some Rhythmbox won't play
(it will start up and select a track but won't commence to play), under others
it appears to play but is silent. I got a warning for the legacy so didn't
try it.

I've put the .asoundrc and .asoundrc.asoundconf files below.

I'll be really grateful for help.


.asoundrc >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

# ALSA library configuration file

# Include settings that are under the control of asoundconf(1).
# (To disable these settings, comment out this line.)


.asoundrc.asoundconf >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

# ALSA library configuration file managed by asoundconf(1).
# Manual changes to the ALSA library configuration should be implemented
# by editing the ~/.asoundrc file, not by editing this file.
!defaults.pcm.card Audio
defaults.ctl.card Audio
defaults.pcm.device 0
defaults.pcm.subdevice -1
defaults.pcm.nonblock 1
defaults.pcm.ipc_key 5678293
defaults.pcm.ipc_gid audio
defaults.pcm.ipc_perm 0660
defaults.pcm.dmix.max_periods 0
defaults.pcm.dmix.rate 48000
defaults.pcm.dmix.format S16_LE
defaults.pcm.dmix.card defaults.pcm.card
defaults.pcm.dmix.device defaults.pcm.device
defaults.pcm.dsnoop.card defaults.pcm.card
defaults.pcm.dsnoop.device defaults.pcm.device
defaults.pcm.front.card defaults.pcm.card
defaults.pcm.front.device defaults.pcm.device
defaults.pcm.rear.card defaults.pcm.card
defaults.pcm.rear.device defaults.pcm.device
defaults.pcm.center_lfe.card defaults.pcm.card
defaults.pcm.center_lfe.device defaults.pcm.device
defaults.pcm.side.card defaults.pcm.card
defaults.pcm.side.device defaults.pcm.device
defaults.pcm.surround40.card defaults.pcm.card
defaults.pcm.surround40.device defaults.pcm.device
defaults.pcm.surround41.card defaults.pcm.card
defaults.pcm.surround41.device defaults.pcm.device
defaults.pcm.surround50.card defaults.pcm.card
defaults.pcm.surround50.device defaults.pcm.device
defaults.pcm.surround51.card defaults.pcm.card
defaults.pcm.surround51.device defaults.pcm.device
defaults.pcm.surround71.card defaults.pcm.card
defaults.pcm.surround71.device defaults.pcm.device
defaults.pcm.iec958.card defaults.pcm.card
defaults.pcm.iec958.device defaults.pcm.device
defaults.pcm.modem.card defaults.pcm.card
defaults.pcm.modem.device defaults.pcm.device
defaults.rawmidi.card 0
defaults.rawmidi.device 0
defaults.rawmidi.subdevice -1
defaults.hwdep.card 0
defaults.hwdep.device 0
defaults.timer.class 2
defaults.timer.sclass 0
defaults.timer.card 0
defaults.timer.device 0
defaults.timer.subdevice 0
defaults.namehint.showall off
defaults.namehint.basic on
defaults.namehint.extended off

Old 06-19-2008, 07:43 AM   #2
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I posted about this only three days ago.
Please see this thread:
Old 06-19-2008, 10:16 AM   #3
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Bose Companion 5 speakers under Lenny

Many thanks Tredegar. Sound, Bose speakers and rhythmbox all work now.

I did search and got your post but didn't read beyond the original post. Lesson learned I hope.

Best, N


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