OSS usage with i3wm on a Lenovo laptop

Waitman Gobble gobble.wa at gmail.com
Sat Feb 13 09:23:31 UTC 2021

On Sat, Feb 13, 2021 at 5:07 AM Jacques Foucry
<jacques+freebsd at foucry.net> wrote:
> Hello friends,
> I run Free SD 12.2-RELEASE-p3 on a Lenovo x280 Laptop.
> My windonw manager is i3wm.
> After many try, I conclude that the correct sound manager is OSS. So I
> uninstall pluseaudio.
> It almost work. I can have conversation, using my headphone on Big Blue Button
> and other software.
> But, I don't find the correct way to control the volumes, mic or headset. :-(
> fossmixer run correctly but I don't interstand how to use it.
> I just want to use the XF86Audio… key to raise, lower sound and mic.
> Here is my /dev/sndstat
> Installed devices:
> pcm0: <Realtek ALC257 (Analog 2.0+HP/2.0)> (play/rec) default
> pcm1: <Realtek ALC257 (Right Analog Mic)> (rec)
> pcm2: <Intel Kaby Lake (HDMI/DP 8ch)> (play)
> Installed devices from userspace:
> dsp: <Virtual OSS> (play/rec)
> Did some had advices for me?
> Thanks in advance for your time and for reading me.
> --
> Jacques Foucry
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The driver is OSS but it looks like you're talking about Virtual OSS,
which I'm not sure is related to OSS. You can use Virtual OSS,
Pulseaudio, or Sndio - these sit "on top" of the driver.
Anyhow, you might try:

% mixer
Mixer vol      is currently set to  25:25
Mixer pcm      is currently set to 100:100
Mixer speaker  is currently set to  59:59
Mixer line     is currently set to   1:1
Mixer mic      is currently set to  67:67
Mixer mix      is currently set to  37:37
Mixer rec      is currently set to  37:37
Mixer igain    is currently set to   0:0
Mixer ogain    is currently set to 100:100
Recording source: mic

I use i3 and I don't think there is a fancy gui applet for audio.

There's a really good X gui mixer with the oss port (not the virtual
port), but that might not work with your hardware.

Waitman Gobble

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