No sound from ASUS Essence STX 2 on Debian Buster

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No sound from ASUS Essence STX 2 on Debian Buster

Postby skolkerom » 2020-01-03 11:19

Good day.

I have newly installed Debian Buster and ASUS Essense STX 2 sound card.

The problem is that there is no sound from speaker, althouth pavucontrol shows, that audiostream is ok.
I tried to select all outputs one by one(Headphones1, Headphones2, Speaker) with no success.

Alsamixer:
Image

Pulseaudio:
Image Image Image

What can I do to debug that problem?

Please, help and thanks in advance!
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Re: No sound from ASUS Essence STX 2 on Debian Buster

Postby Head_on_a_Stick » 2020-01-03 11:32

Can we see
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aplay -L
lspci -knn | grep -iA2 audio

Have you tried un-muting the "Analog I" output in alsamixer?
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Re: No sound from ASUS Essence STX 2 on Debian Buster

Postby skolkerom » 2020-01-03 11:43

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aplay -L
default
    Playback/recording through the PulseAudio sound server
null
    Discard all samples (playback) or generate zero samples (capture)
jack
    JACK Audio Connection Kit
pulse
    PulseAudio Sound Server
sysdefault:CARD=II
    Xonar STX II, Multichannel
    Default Audio Device
front:CARD=II,DEV=0
    Xonar STX II, Multichannel
    Front speakers
surround21:CARD=II,DEV=0
    Xonar STX II, Multichannel
    2.1 Surround output to Front and Subwoofer speakers
surround40:CARD=II,DEV=0
    Xonar STX II, Multichannel
    4.0 Surround output to Front and Rear speakers
surround41:CARD=II,DEV=0
    Xonar STX II, Multichannel
    4.1 Surround output to Front, Rear and Subwoofer speakers
surround50:CARD=II,DEV=0
    Xonar STX II, Multichannel
    5.0 Surround output to Front, Center and Rear speakers
surround51:CARD=II,DEV=0
    Xonar STX II, Multichannel
    5.1 Surround output to Front, Center, Rear and Subwoofer speakers
surround71:CARD=II,DEV=0
    Xonar STX II, Multichannel
    7.1 Surround output to Front, Center, Side, Rear and Woofer speakers
iec958:CARD=II,DEV=0
    Xonar STX II, Multichannel
    IEC958 (S/PDIF) Digital Audio Output
dmix:CARD=II,DEV=0
    Xonar STX II, Multichannel
    Direct sample mixing device
dmix:CARD=II,DEV=1
    Xonar STX II, Digital
    Direct sample mixing device
dsnoop:CARD=II,DEV=0
    Xonar STX II, Multichannel
    Direct sample snooping device
dsnoop:CARD=II,DEV=1
    Xonar STX II, Digital
    Direct sample snooping device
hw:CARD=II,DEV=0
    Xonar STX II, Multichannel
    Direct hardware device without any conversions
hw:CARD=II,DEV=1
    Xonar STX II, Digital
    Direct hardware device without any conversions
plughw:CARD=II,DEV=0
    Xonar STX II, Multichannel
    Hardware device with all software conversions
plughw:CARD=II,DEV=1
    Xonar STX II, Digital
    Hardware device with all software conversions
usbstream:CARD=II
    Xonar STX II
    USB Stream Output


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lspci -knn | grep -iA2 audio
09:04.0 Multimedia audio controller [0401]: C-Media Electronics Inc CMI8788 [Oxygen HD Audio] [13f6:8788]
   Subsystem: ASUSTeK Computer Inc. Virtuoso 100 (Xonar Essence STX II) [1043:85f4]
   Kernel driver in use: snd_virtuoso


I have tried to unmute Analog Input just now - same result. It is actually input, not output, so the result is expected, I think.

Thanks for so quick reply!
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Re: No sound from ASUS Essence STX 2 on Debian Buster

Postby Head_on_a_Stick » 2020-01-03 11:49

skolkerom wrote:It is actually input, not output

D'oh! So that's what the I stands for...

The card has a kernel driver and PA knows about it so I'm a bit confused here :?

We could try some non-free firmware, I suppose:
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# apt install firmware-linux
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Re: No sound from ASUS Essence STX 2 on Debian Buster

Postby skolkerom » 2020-01-03 11:55

I just realize that I don't hear specific click(it's relay switching click) for that soundcard on startup.
Could this be due to a malfunctioning driver?
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Re: No sound from ASUS Essence STX 2 on Debian Buster

Postby skolkerom » 2020-01-03 12:01

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 # apt install firmware-linux


Done, but situation is unchanged
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Re: No sound from ASUS Essence STX 2 on Debian Buster

Postby Head_on_a_Stick » 2020-01-03 12:03

Did you reboot?

Have you tried any live versions of distributions with newer kernels than Debian stable's 4.19 branch?
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Re: No sound from ASUS Essence STX 2 on Debian Buster

Postby skolkerom » 2020-01-03 12:10

Yes, I did reboot, but haven't tried new kernels.
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Re: No sound from ASUS Essence STX 2 on Debian Buster

Postby skolkerom » 2020-01-15 05:41

My fault, I didn't connect additional power cable.
Thanks!
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Re: No sound from ASUS Essence STX 2 on Debian Buster

Postby Head_on_a_Stick » 2020-01-15 13:43

So my confusion was entirely appropriate then :mrgreen:

Please mark the thread [SOLVED] for the benefit of others who may forget to plug things in...
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