trying to run my firepod

Jeremy Jongepier jeremy at
Sun Oct 31 17:50:43 GMT 2010

On 10/30/2010 07:38 PM, mentoj dija wrote:
> hello list,
> my firepod arrived today, hell yea!
> but now, the challange to keep it running.
> so i found this website
> ( with some instructions
> how to do it.
> *-install a realtime kernel:* obviously there is no one in the standart
> installation. so i just skiped this point. i only want to record and
> dont care for long delays.

What is the output of cat /proc/interrupts ?

> *- Obtain/checkfor FW lib and raw1394: *the libraw1394-11 is installed.
> i'm not sure what to do with this FW lib. but i also installed the
> package libfreebob0 which seemed to be important

If you want to use a FireWire soundcard you need libraw1394 which will 
create a raw1394 device node. Without FFADO won't work, it needs this 
device node.

> *- Set permissions for raw1394 for GROUP="audio"*: thats where i got
> stuck now. don't know what to do. is there a file "raw1394"?

Install the package ubuntu-studio-controls, this tool will allow you to 
set the right permissions. What it does is adding the raw1394 kernel 
module to /etc/modules and it adds some lines to 
/lib/udev/rules.d/50-udev-default.rules so any user of the audio group 
can use the aforementioned raw1394 device node.

> *- Enable/check user for group audio:* group already exists. but enable
> it for what?

Your user account with which you want to use the FireWire soundcard has 
to be a member of the audio group on your system.

> then i filled in all these listed jack settings. i also enabled the
> raw1394 access at ubuntu-studio-control. but jack is not working at all.
> it stops with the message:
> Cannot connect to server socket
> jack server is not running or cannot be started
> before i did all that i tried the "firewire"-driver instead of
> "firebob". and it worked. but with to much x-runs. so ich changed
> settings and stuff, and now, its also not working with this
> firewire-driver ;-)

You need the firewire driver, freebob is deprecated and only there for 
legacy reasons (or a living proof of the developer's procrastination ;) )

> so is there a very simple thing i have to do?

You were already mentioning downgrading to 10.04. That might not be such 
a bad idea, with 10.04 you have a access to multimedia PPA's like the 
ones from philip5, FalkTX and AutoStatic. Besides, 10.04 has a real-time 



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