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HDMI audio fix

July 02, 2022 — BarryK

My little Mele mini-PC has been sitting on a shelf, not setup due to lack of monitor, etc. And a lack of bench space. It is good, though, to have all the computers setup ready to use, for convenience when testing a new iteration of EasyOS.

So, unfolded the camp table and found all the parts to get the Mele going. Using my little 24 inch TV, used for camping, as it runs on 12v. That's when I discovered audio output via HDMI to the TV doesn't work.

Looking at the Multiple Sound Card Wizard (usr/sbin/mscw), I see that I did implement a fix for this in December 2021, but it is broken again. Actually, this is a pulseaudio bug, that has been around for years, see discussion here, from mid-2019 to mid-2022:

I have fixed HDMI audio, with this new code in MSCW:

    #20220702 testing on mele mini-pc with tv, hdmi audio, no sound. fix...
# "pactl list sinks" doesn't show the hdmi, pa bug for 3 years...
# ref:
read newCard newDevice <<< "$(get_card_device "$SELECTED")"
pactl load-module module-alsa-sink device=hw:${newCard},${newDevice} #so don't have to restart server.
sed -i '/^load-module module-alsa-sink/d' /etc/pulse/
echo "load-module module-alsa-sink device=hw:${newCard},${newDevice}" >> /etc/pulse/
pactl set-default-sink alsa_output.hw_${newCard}_${newDevice} #so don't have to restart server.
sed -i '/^set-default-sink/d' /etc/pulse/
echo "set-default-sink alsa_output.hw_${newCard}_${newDevice}" >> /etc/pulse/

Rebooted, and yes, audio works.

I notice the posters in the above link are saying the bug affects AMD CPU/GPU PCs, but the Mele has an Apollo Lake J3455 CPU with Intel "HD Graphics 500" and "HDA-Intel" audio.   

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