[mythtv-users] [OT] xine with multiple sound cards

Michael T. Dean mtdean at thirdcontact.com
Tue Jun 21 15:21:03 UTC 2005

Dave Ansell wrote:

>> Look at the audio.device.alsa_front_device option in the config file
>> or under "audio" in the gui config.
>      Yes, I saw this also.
>      Mine says default at the moment.
>      Do you know what should I put in there to select card 1?

Assuming you're using the .asoundrc configuration specified at the 
alsa-project.org site ( 
), use "emu10k1" (no quotes) to get analog output on the Audigy.  I've 
noticed that--although the GUI shows an asterisk (which says I have to 
restart xine to see the changes)--the change happens immediately (i.e. 
it doesn't prompt me to restart).  Also, if you change it then close 
xine without playing a video, it won't save the changes, so change it 
then open and play your video.

However, it sounds like you want digital output (i.e. 5.1 output), so 
you'll need a real .asoundrc instead (see 
.http://www.mythtv.info/moin.cgi/DigitalSoundHowTo for some info).

You may also want to consider--since there's really no reason to use the 
integrated soundcard if you have a "real" soundcard (unless you need it 
for capture with a frame grabber)--is to simply ensure you don't load 
the drivers for the integrated soundcard.  Then, you don't have to worry 
about it getting in the way (and you save memory and resources).  If 
you're having a problem with udev automatically loading the drivers for 
you, just disable the on-board sound in the BIOS.


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