September 22, 2011 at 10:35 #942
I’m having a bit of trouble with GeeXbox 2.0
The sound only works 5-10% of the time I boot up into it.
However, there are times when it works fine, but this only happens once in 10-15 reboots!
What happens is that most of the time, the audio doesn’t work at all – it is missing from the menus as well as media playback. It behaves like the audio drivers aren’t loaded before the first Main menu is displayed.
I’m only an intermediate Linux user so have limited skills in trying to diagnose the problem.
Laptops I’ve tested it with
I’m using it with an old HP NC8000 laptop – the specs are –
I’ve tried it with 3 laptops, two NC8000 and one NC6000 and get the same results.
They are all based on the Intel 82801DBx/ICH4xx audio controller (and Intel 82855 chipset?).
I’ve tried it with GeeXbox 2.0 boot CD and the USB created with UNetbootin with the same results.
Note that all three laptops have working audio and work ok with GeeXBox 2.0-alpha2 and earlier versions.
I’m guessing it may be simialr problem to GeeXboX on ARM SoCs – Analog Sound
Where I think the problem may lie
The laptops have buttons for volume up/down/mute and an LED indicator for mute.
Sequence of events:-
If I boot GeeXbox in debugging mode.
After the initial boot. I get a prompt for ‘Root password or Press Control D for normal boot.’.
Pressing enter or control D seems to have the same effect.
If I do either, I notice
LED indicator mute comes on.
LED indicator mute should go off shortly after – if it doesn’t then the whole GeeXbox session continues without sound.
‘GeeXbox – Media Center’ splash screen shows for approximately 1 second.
GeeXbox / XMBC main menu shows.
Things I’ve noticed
F8 – mutes, F9 – volume down , F10 – volume up.
Pressing ‘s’ to shutdown shows a shutdown and reboot mini menu, but I can’t get to the reboot option using keyboard keys!
When the audio did work, I noticed that sometimes the LED mute indicator on the laptop and the Mute icon on the top right are sometimes out of step. When This happens I have great difficulty in disengaging the mute!
Workaround – how I get it the sound to work
Slowing the USB2.0 flash drive helps.
(I slowed it down by inserting a USB1.1 hub between the laptop and flash drive.)
Using this method, the sound works 80-90% of the time!September 22, 2011 at 11:00 #945
can you try that :
add this line
like this :
Description=ALSA mixer configuration
then rebootSeptember 22, 2011 at 11:40 #947
Unfortunately I don’t know how to do what you’re suggesting!
I suppose I’m more a beginner to intermediate Linux user.
E.g. I can almost use Puppy, Ubuntu, Suse, Mephis but struggle with CentOS.
One thing I forgot to mention was that I didn’t use the network because I couldn’t figure out how to get the wireless working – even with the guide in the documentation!
However, I’ve just tried booting the CD and using the wired ethernet, then followed the bit in
regarding loading the XBMC mixer plugin (I didn’t appreciate the significance of it before) and found the master volume and others were set to zero. Using the mixer help restore the sound.
But, getting back to your instructions, presumably I can only get at those files by using a secondary pc and ftp in to access/update the files? Bear in mind I only know how to use a wysiwyg editor in Linux.September 22, 2011 at 12:33 #948
No chance with cd , you need a persistent file
But you can help a little
switch to vt2, login password
amixer > /root/test1.log
return to xbmc with CTRL+ALT+F4
change your settings for sound, then return to vt2
amixer > /root/test2.log
from another computer, access your geexbox via ftp and send us your results ( should be in /root)September 22, 2011 at 14:58 #952
I’ve had some sound problems. With an HDD (internal) install, if I boot with my 750gb USB External HDD plugged in then Geexbox starts with no sound. If I boot with it unplugged then I have sound. This problem is repeatable 100% of the time. However if I boot from a USB flash install then I have sound with the external HDD also plugged in (and without). Weird – but I know how to avoid it.September 23, 2011 at 01:10 #961
I used the wired ethernet cable and booted up a freshly made USB 2.0 flash drive.
I booted up – no sound and saved the details to amixer-nosound.log
I then realised the ethernet doesn’t work on this laptop!
I booted up – no sound and saved the details to amixer1.log.
I installed the XBMC mixer plugin and saved the results to amixer2-after-installing-xbmc-amixer-plugin.log.
I adjusted the master volume, then the PCM volume and save to amixer3-after-adjusting-master-and-pcm-vol.log.
I then shutdown GeeXbox and tried to access the casper-rw contents using this method.
The files are in
(I don’t know how to upload file to this forum.)
It looked like all volume settings were muted/set to zero.
By the way – thanks for all the help and v2.0 looks like it runs better (smoother playback) on my laptop.September 23, 2011 at 02:02 #966
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