Joseph Zikusooka ~ Zik

A software engineer specializing in open source technologies | Very experienced in building and configuring UNIX/Linux systems and servers. Passionate about developing software applications and hardware for the smart home | Currently serving as the CEO of Jambula Labs and the project leader at JambulaTV, a smart home automation and entertainment platform - | This blog focuses on the following areas: Linux How-Tos and Tutorials ::: IT Security News ::: Free and Libre Open Source Software ::: Smart Home Software ::: Digital Innovations in East Africa |

Day: 15 April, 2010

TIP: FM Radio sound using SAA713X based Tuner cards in Linux

During setup and configuration of the AExBox, a multimedia home entertainment and Automation box, I ran across an issue where no sound was emitted from an SAA7134 chipset based card in linux.

The solution is simple.

Use a either radio or fm (part of the fmtools package) to tune the card. For example, ‘fm -q -d /dev/radioX’ -T forever 94.8 65535′. Then using the command line, run ‘aplay /dev/dspX’ where X is the SAA7134 device no. of the tuner card. You can script this process for convenience.

Hope this helps you all home media center enthusiasts out there.

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