Bug#293885: [Fwd: [Pkg-alsa-devel] alsa issue]

Thomas Hood Thomas Hood <jdthood@aglu.demon.nl>, 293885@bugs.debian.org
Sun, 06 Feb 2005 17:38:57 +0100

Package: alsa-source
Version: 1.0.8-4
Severity: important

I am opening a bug report with your message.  It is an important

-------- Forwarded Message --------
From: George McNinch <mcninchg@member.ams.org>
Reply-To: mcninchg@member.ams.org
To: pkg-alsa-devel@lists.alioth.debian.org
Cc: George McNinch <mcninchg@member.ams.org>
Subject: [Pkg-alsa-devel] alsa issue
Date: Sun, 06 Feb 2005 08:53:54 -0500

I had a serious issue upon upgrading FROM alsa-base-1.0.7-2 TO
alsa-base-1.0.8-4 (which upgrade happened in the testing distribution in
the last few days).

I'm just sending this email rather than a bug report because I doubt I
can be precise enough, and for that I apologize in advance.

After the upgrade, I was no longer able to boot kernel 2.6.8-1, though I
was able to boot kernel 2.4.22.

The boot simply stopped with a message related to isapnp and the module
for my (very old, legacy) sound card cs4232.  By way of hopefully
letting you know what ordinarily happens, here is the portion
of /var/log/syslog reltaed to this card that appears during boot for
kernel 2.6.8-1 when alsa-base-1.0.7-2 is installed.

        Feb  5 22:42:54 mars kernel: isapnp: Scanning for PnP cards...
        Feb  5 22:42:54 mars kernel: isapnp: Card 'CS4236B'
        Feb  5 22:42:54 mars kernel: isapnp: 1 Plug & Play card detected
        Feb  5 22:42:54 mars kernel: ad1848/cs4248 codec driver
        Copyright (C) by Hannu Savolainen 1993-1996
        Feb  5 22:42:54 mars kernel: ad1848: WSS/SB detected
        Feb  5 22:42:54 mars kernel: ad1848: ISAPnP reports 'WSS/SB' at
        i/o 0x534, irq 5, dma 1, 3
        Feb  5 22:42:54 mars kernel: cs4232: set synthio and synthirq to
        use the wavefront facilities.
Something was different under alsa-base-1.0.8-4, and as I said before,
the system was not booted. Unfortunately,  during those failed boots (I
tried several times) /var/log/syslog was not succesfully written to. (In
fact, fsck complained a lot each time on reboot, so I suspect that
various things on the filesystem were left open). And I didn't write
down verbatim the complaining kernel-message. Boot halted in a strange
way (the system wasn't locked up -- pressing Enter on the keyboard
actually scrolled the boot messages -- but the system did not boot).

I did not have this problem booting the old kernel 2.4 with the new
alsa-base 1.0.8.

I have resolve MY problem by booting in 2.4.22 and "downgrading"
alsa-base to 1.0.7-2. Now I can boot the 2.6 kernel again.

Sorry if this is not helpful, but I thought it fairly serious. Please
let me know what I could do to give you more useful information.


Thomas Hood <jdthood@aglu.demon.nl>