snd_es137x && no recording from headset micro

Da Rock freebsd-questions at
Tue Jan 25 13:37:25 UTC 2011

On 01/25/11 23:27, Matthias Apitz wrote:
> Hello,
> I run FreeBSD 8.x in a VMWare hosted on Win7. The VM presents the Intel
> HDA sound card of the laptop as AudioPCI ES1371-A and I have to use the driver
> snd_es137x(4) which works fine with only the problem that I can not
> manage to record from the headset micro.
> The headset micro works fine in Win7 and it switches between the laptop
> build-in micro and the headset micro on plug-in; as well while running
> FreeBSD before as host system on this laptop I could record from both micro (using the
> snd_hda(4) driver.
> The output of /dev/sndstat is:
> $ cat /dev/sndstat
> FreeBSD Audio Driver (newpcm: 32bit 2007061600/i386)
> Installed devices:
> pcm0:<AudioPCI ES1371-A>  at io 0x2040 irq 16 kld snd_es137x [MPSAFE] (2p:4v/1r:4v channels duplex default)
> i.e. there is only pcm0 and no pcm1 (should it?)
> I also tried setting:
> # sysctl
> # sysctl dev.pcm.0.rec.vchans=4
> # sysctl hw.snd.maxautovchans=4
> mixer(1) says:
> $ mixer
> Mixer vol      is currently set to  85:85
> Mixer pcm      is currently set to 100:100
> Mixer line     is currently set to  90:90
> Mixer mic      is currently set to  83:83
> Mixer cd       is currently set to  83:83
> Mixer rec      is currently set to  72:72
> Mixer igain    is currently set to  90:90
> Mixer line1    is currently set to  83:83
> Mixer phin     is currently set to  86:86
> Mixer video    is currently set to  86:86
> Recording source: mic
> and I tried changing to all available recording devices:
> $ mixer bla
> ...
> rec devices: vol, line, mic, cd, line1, phin, phout, video
> with no luck; any idea how could I record from headset micro?
I can't remember too much from Winblow$, but can you tell if VMWare is 
using wdm? Could it be a case of hardware already in use?

Alternatively, could the mixer settings be muted using wdm and the sound 
not coming through?


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