Thursday, April 16, 2009

boomer rc3, audio driver for ali5451

I've posted Boomer RC3 yesterday. It will be the last separate binary release of Boomer Phase I -- we're on track for integration into Nevada B115 -- C-Team Commitment review is on Monday.

That said, we've found one problem, which is of a P3 nature, which affects the ability of certain applications (audacity is the only one found so far) to record -- the record process doesn't start properly when triggered. I've got a fix for this, and can offer a binary to anyone who needs it for RC3. We've still not yet figured out whether this problem will be fixed in Boomer Phase I prior to integration, or just after integration -- but in either case it will be build 115 as well.

The other thing is that I've got a binary driver built for the audio controller found on the ALi 5451 southbridge. This is a somewhat older part, but folks might have them on certain motherboards. If you've got one, and you want a binary driver, let me know -- I'll be happy to supply one -- but you'll need to run Boomer RC3 or an OpenSolaris build that has Boomer integrated (i.e. build 115). We'll be handling this one as an RFE after Boomer Phase I integration -- probably also in Build 115. (Note that Dev at 4Front has already tested this binary for me, so I know its good to go -- it is just a recompilation on x86 of the audiots SPARC driver that is in Boomer.)

Anyway, keep your fingers crossed for our integration into build 115.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Very exciting!!! Many thanks to yourself and Dev. Eagerly awaiting 115 and wishing this was going into 2009.06

tkimes said...

I'm running Opensolaris 111 on Virtualbox (v2.2.0) on a Dell D620 laptop and have never been able to get the sound drivers to work until I found boomer RC3. I did not even have to change the Virtualbox configuration from Windows DirectSound / ICH AC97. I installed boomer, robooted and for the first time the volume control was available! The sound preference tests worked. And finally I watched a video on http://hulu.com. The sound was perfectly clear. So your project gets two thumbs up from me! I'll be looking for the integration into 115.