From: Thomas Fjellstrom <thomas@fj...> - 2013-12-24 02:40:58
I built a new media box expecting things to "just work", but I should have
done a bit more homework.
It seems that the nvidia hdmi does not support multiple clients to open the
device at the same time, either in analogue or digital passthrough mode.
My first attempt managed to get nice surround output for things in XBMC, but
depending on timing, no other apps can output sound.
I use my media box to watch movies, listen to music, and watch recorded TV, as
well as launch up a browser to watch youtube. The problem lies in that last
part. With xbmc launched, youtube is silent.
I've managed to get sound from both by using pulseaudio, but that breaks
surround sound, and outputs stereo audio across all 5 speakers, which isn't
Is there a way I can set this up so xbmc and chrome or firefox can both use the
hdmi output? I launch the browser from xbmc, so xbmc will have had a handle on
the audio device, but I have menu sounds off, so it should let go? Doesn't seem
to totally though.
If that isn't possible, is there a decent discreet sound card that'll do
hardware mixing, and support two programs at once using it? I'll likely just
be using digital output, at least that's my preference. My receiver supports
PCM, many kinds of Dolby, and DTS.
P.s. I apologize for not getting back to Clemens Ladisch about my last
problem, but I haven't had time to mess with that machine the past little
while, what with the holidays and extra work stuff. I'll try and get back to
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