Hermes – the media computer

Hermes originally was the Hoard Clients server.
* 1 ASUS A8N-VM CSM Socket 939 NVIDIA GeForce 6150 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard – Retail Item #: N82E16813131570 $79.99
* 1 AMD Athlon 64 3200+ Venice 1GHz FSB Socket 939 Processor Model ADA3200BPBOX – Retail Item #: N82E16819103535 $160.00
* 4 mushkin Pro Series 512MB 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 400 (PC 3200) ECC Registered System Memory Model 991125 – Retail Item #: N82E16820146211 $359.96
* 1 LEGACY 4.7GB 8X DVD-R 25 Pack Disc – Retail Item #: N82E16817131034 $15.00
* 1 Western Digital Caviar SE WD2500JS 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive – OEM Item #: N82E16822144417 $103.00
* 2 Evercool SFF-12 120mm Ever Lubricate bearing type (Long life bearing) Case Cooling Fan – Retail Item #: N82E16835119035 $19.98 I
* 1 LINKSYS SD2008 10/100/1000Mbps Gigabit Switch – Retail Item #: N82E16833124027 $79.99
* 1 ZALMAN CNPS7700-CU 120mm 2 Ball Cooling Fan with Copper Heatsink – Retail Item #: N82E16835118115 $49.99
* 1 ASPIRE X-QPACK-AL/420 Black/Silver Aluminum MicroATX Desktop Computer Case 420W Power Supply – Retail Item #: N82E16811144109 $85.00
* Subtotal: $988.90
* 1 Western Digital WD2500AAJS Caviar Blue Hard Drive – 250GB, 7200rpm, 8MB, SATA-300, OEM (TSD-250AAJS) $44.99
* 1 Visiontek Radeon HD 3450 Video Card – 512MB DDR2, PCI Express 2.0, CrossFireX Ready, (Dual Link) DVI, VGA, HDMI (V261-3450) $59.9
After I could not get the video to work with the AKAI lcd tv via HDMI I went to BestBuy and bought an NVidia GeForce 220.

Did a clean install of Ubuntu 10.04 LTS (Lyric Lynx) 32 bit desktop. Then followed various posts to get HDMI sound working. With
1. Latest NVidia drivers 195.36.24
2. latest alsa drivers 1.0.23
3 /etc/asound.conf
pcm.!default hdmi:NVidia
pcm:iec958 hdmi:NVidia
4. /etc/modprobe.d/sound.conf
options snd-hda-intel enable_msi=0 probe_mask=0xffff,0xfff2

aplay -L
Discard all samples (playback) or generate zero samples (capture)
HDA NVidia, AD198x Analog
Front speakers
HDA NVidia, AD198x Analog
4.0 Surround output to Front and Rear speakers
HDA NVidia, AD198x Analog
4.1 Surround output to Front, Rear and Subwoofer speakers
HDA NVidia, AD198x Analog
5.0 Surround output to Front, Center and Rear speakers
HDA NVidia, AD198x Analog
5.1 Surround output to Front, Center, Rear and Subwoofer speakers
HDA NVidia, AD198x Analog
7.1 Surround output to Front, Center, Side, Rear and Woofer speakers
HDA NVidia, AD198x Digital
IEC958 (S/PDIF) Digital Audio Output
HDMI Audio Output

aplay -l
**** List of PLAYBACK Hardware Devices ****
card 0: NVidia [HDA NVidia], device 0: AD198x Analog [AD198x Analog]
Subdevices: 1/1
Subdevice #0: subdevice #0
card 0: NVidia [HDA NVidia], device 1: AD198x Digital [AD198x Digital]
Subdevices: 1/1
Subdevice #0: subdevice #0
card 1: NVidia_1 [HDA NVidia], device 3: NVIDIA HDMI [NVIDIA HDMI]
Subdevices: 1/1
Subdevice #0: subdevice #0

The nvidia driver install was reverting alsa back to 1.0.21 so I had to reinstall that.
cat /proc/asound/version to get current version.
Made an install script for it.
it enters each of the driver, lib and util directories and does
make install
Then reboot and check.
Check nvidia driver version: cat /proc/driver/nvidia/version

195.36.24 is now the current nvidia driver in the repositories so it doesn’t have to be manually installed (and should survive updates)

Went to Maverick Meerkat (10.10) and alsa is now at the correct level 1.0.23 so everything works out of the box.