RME cards: How to show board revision and the loaded firmware version?

Ralf Mardorf ralf.mardorf at alice-dsl.net
Mon May 13 08:54:43 UTC 2013


Preliminary question and regarding to this question multiposted: Does
anybody still use a RME HDSPe AIO ;)?

Hi,

since the issues I get for my RME HDSPe AIO didn't became less, but more
within the last two years, I cleaned a primary partition to install XP,
just to test, if there are issues caused by the mobo, that will appear,
even when not using a *nix driver, but the proprietary driver and latest
RME firmware.

I'm a Linux only user, so sometime ago I installed FreeBSD, just to
test, if the RME card isn't borked, since on Linux only 2 ADAT channels
do work, fortunately all 8 ADAT channels work, using the FreeBSD driver
(no TotalMix).

I bought the card, because it was recommended by members of the Linux
audio community. Don't get me wrong, the blame is on me, I decided to
buy the card and had no time to use it within the first weeks, I only
want to point out, that I did research before I bought the card. I
wonder, if there are different revisions of the RME board?

I know I've written this several times, but somebody might not have read
it and it's a while ago since I ask for the situation of this card on
other machines.

Is there a command that shows the board revision and used firmware
version?

I run my Arch install without the alsa-firmware package and installed it
now.

$ uname -r
3.8.11-rt8-1-rt
$ pacman -Q alsa-firmware
error: package 'alsa-firmware' was not found
$ sudo pacman -Syu alsa-firmware
warning: ardour: ignoring package upgrade (2.8.16-1 => 3.1-1)
alsa-firmware-1.0.27-2
$ pacman -Q alsa-firmware
alsa-firmware 1.0.27-2

Can anybody use a HDSPe AIO on Linux with all available sample rates?
Store alsamixer settings? Does hdspeconf run? Use latency <= 10.7 ms?
Use any latency even => 10.7 ms with getting absolutely no xruns? Use
all ADAT channels?

[root at archlinux rocketmouse]# tuning

########################################################################

# service rtirq status           

  PID CLS RTPRIO  NI PRI %CPU STAT COMMAND	
   36 FF      90   - 130  0.0 S    irq/8-rtc0	
  178 FF      85   - 125  0.0 S    irq/18-snd_hdsp	
  179 FF      80   - 120  0.0 S    irq/20-snd_ice1	
  180 FF      79   - 119  0.0 S    irq/21-snd_ice1	
   75 FF      75   - 115  0.0 S    irq/16-ohci_hcd	
   78 FF      75   - 115  0.0 S    irq/19-ehci_hcd	
   86 FF      74   - 114  0.2 S    irq/17-ohci_hcd	
   91 FF      73   - 113  0.0 S    irq/17-ohci_hcd	
   34 FF      70   - 110  0.0 S    irq/1-i8042	
   24 FF      50   -  90  0.0 S    irq/9-acpi	
   51 FF      50   -  90  0.0 S    irq/42-radeon	
   70 FF      50   -  90  0.0 S    irq/14-pata_ati	
   71 FF      50   -  90  0.0 S    irq/15-pata_ati	
   79 FF      50   -  90  0.0 S    irq/22-ahci	
  165 FF      50   -  90  0.0 S    irq/7-parport0	
  460 FF      50   -  90  0.1 S    irq/43-enp3s0	
    3 FF       1   -  41  0.1 S    ksoftirqd/0	
   13 FF       1   -  41  0.1 S    ksoftirqd/1	

# grep 18: /proc/interrupts
 18:          0          4   IO-APIC-fasteoi   snd_hdspm

Mon May 13 10:31:03 CEST 2013 - 3.8.11-rt8-1-rt - Arch Linux \r (\l)

[root at archlinux rocketmouse]# tuning-rice

########################################################################

# service rtirq status           

  PID CLS RTPRIO  NI PRI %CPU STAT COMMAND	
   36 FF      90   - 130  0.0 S    irq/8-rtc0	
  178 FF      85   - 125  0.0 S    irq/18-snd_hdsp	
   75 FF      75   - 115  0.0 S    irq/16-ohci_hcd	
   78 FF      75   - 115  0.0 S    irq/19-ehci_hcd	
   86 FF      74   - 114  0.2 S    irq/17-ohci_hcd	
   91 FF      73   - 113  0.0 S    irq/17-ohci_hcd	
   34 FF      70   - 110  0.0 S    irq/1-i8042	
   24 FF      50   -  90  0.0 S    irq/9-acpi	
   51 FF      50   -  90  0.0 S    irq/42-radeon	
   70 FF      50   -  90  0.0 S    irq/14-pata_ati	
   71 FF      50   -  90  0.0 S    irq/15-pata_ati	
   79 FF      50   -  90  0.0 S    irq/22-ahci	
  165 FF      50   -  90  0.0 S    irq/7-parport0	
  460 FF      50   -  90  0.1 S    irq/43-enp3s0	
    3 FF       1   -  41  0.1 S    ksoftirqd/0	
   13 FF       1   -  41  0.1 S    ksoftirqd/1	

# grep 18: /proc/interrupts
 18:          0          4   IO-APIC-fasteoi   snd_hdspm

Mon May 13 10:31:47 CEST 2013 - 3.8.11-rt8-1-rt - Arch Linux \r (\l)

OT: I noticed a thread at LAU about a PCIe card from another vendor,
that was recommended to work with Linux, but it doesn't (or didn't?).
Are there any PCIe cards available in the price range and audio quality
of the HDSPe AIO, that are DEFINITIVELY known as working with Linux?

Regards,
Ralf





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