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Cirrus Logic Sound Fusion CS4280, CS461x, CS462x, CS463x devices

This page describes how to enable support for sound devices based on CS46xx chipsets on Debian systems.

snd-cs46xx is a Linux kernel module supporting Cirrus Logic's Sound Fusion CS46xx audio controllers. It is an ALSA driver included in the Linux kernel.

At linux-2.6 2.6.23-1, the binary-only firmware in this driver was removed due to licensing issues. The driver was disabled at this time. Firmware was also removed from the alsa-source package to resolve bug 483918.

At linux-2.6 2.6.31-1~experimental.1, the snd-cs46xx driver was re-enabled and patched to use firmware from userspace (resolving Debian bug 464197).

Device firmware is unable to be distributed by the Debian project, as the snd-cs46xx driver has no license.1 A free redistribution license has been requested from Cirrus Logic.2


Debian 7 "Wheezy"

You are required to supply one firmware file for device use.

  1. Install the alsa-base, alsa-utils and build-essential packages:

    $ su
    # aptitude update && aptitude install alsa-base alsa-utils build-essential
    # exit
  2. Download cs46xx_image.h from Linus' kernel tree:

    $ wget
  3. Download source code for a program to write out firmware from cs46xx_image.h:

    $ wget '' -O write_images.c
  4. Download a patch against cs46xx_image.h:

    $ wget ';att=0;bug=464197' -O cs46xx_image.diff
  5. Apply the patch:

    $ patch -i cs46xx_image.diff
  6. Compile the write_images program:

    $ gcc -o write_images write_images.c
  7. Execute the program to write out firmware:

    $ ./write_images
  8. Install the firmware:

    $ su
    # mkdir /lib/firmware/cs46xx
    # cp cs46xx/cs46xx-old.fw /lib/firmware/cs46xx
  9. Reload the snd-cs46xx module:

    # modprobe -r snd-cs46xx ; modprobe snd-cs46xx
  10. If not already performed, add your user account to the audio group, then log out and log back into your system:

    # adduser yourusername audio
    # exit
    $ exit
  11. Run alsamixer(1) to unmute channels and raise the volume levels.

  12. Test the sound device, for example:

    $ aplay /usr/share/sounds/alsa/Noise.wav
    $ speaker-test -t sine -f 440 -c 2
    $ speaker-test -t wav -c 2


Supported Devices

The page HowToIdentifyADevice/PCI explains how to identify a PCI device.

The following list is based on the alias fields of modinfo snd-cs46xx in Debian 3.2.0 (3.2.65-1+deb7u2) kernel images.

See Also

CategoryHardware | CategorySound