Fri Jul 15 22:39:39 CEST 2005

ALSA configuration headaches


Advanced Linux Sound
Architecture, or ALSA, is a great way to get headaches
fast, especially if you're doing something a little
more advanced than the usual. I'm trying to configure two
sound cards; the motherboard's built-in sound card
(intel8x0 driver) and a SoundBlaster Live! (emu10k1 driver). I
want the soundblaster to be the "first" card, and the built-in
one to be the second one. For some reason, the system insists
on the built-in one being first.

Why is this not ok? Well, the thing is that the first one
is the default card- and the built-in card is a cheap crappy
little thing useful for simple things. The Soundblaster is an
excellent piece of hardware, with support for S/PDIF et
al. When I just start a melody or a movie I want the audio
sent to the nice card, not the motherboard.

Is this too much to ask? I think not. Im not really sure
where to start, but I've found some documents on the net, and
some man-files on my box. We'll see where it leads me.