Turning on sound in the new iBook

Iain Sandoe iain at sandoe.co.uk
Mon Jul 30 09:16:22 EST 2001

Hi Chaps,

> Just got around trying it, and it works in the sense that "cat /vmlinux
>  > /dev/dsp" produces sound ;)
> The sound although contains a *lot* of noise. You're mentioning on your
> page a modification to dmasound_core, could you share it with us ?

Someone (Jack Moffitt IIRC) reported to me that the Tumbler needed to be
U16.  Having looked at the Darwin code I can find no evidence of this in
Apple's stuff ... however, it might not be up-to-date.

There are a lot of assumptions in dmasound that are related to the AWACS -
especially in the bits that deal with things like the mksound().

I am working on rationalising the driver to partition out stuff that relates
to the AWACS/Screamer/Burgundy - so that the dbdma drive part of it (shared
between _core.c and _awacs.c can be used).

Ironically, it is the mksound() [SysBeep()] code that is giving me most
grief... (in thinking of a better way to do it so that it is not so

I'd like to get this done first - because it paves the way for more sensible
driver structure - and, in particular, making the SMP locking sensible.


IMHO the most important tumbler/DACA task is getting the keywest-i2c stuff
to be interrupt driven - it is nasty having polled code that might lock up
the kernel for seconds.


If the tumbler really needs to be U16 - I can modify the standard code to
make that as another 'exception'.

time is, as always, the killer here...


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