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Making audio default to a second sound device in Solaris 11

It finally got to me. I’ve got a nice USB audio adapter that I use at home on my Tecra M11, but I was only ever able to get firefox to use the builtin audio on Solaris 11. I could make it work under Virtual Box by importing it, but I have a nice sound setup in my office and I really wanted to use the Roland/Cakewalk UA-1G natively.

Searching the web found me lots of people asking the question and nothing in the way of answers.

I’d already tried

# cd /dev
# rm audio audioctl
# ln -s sound/1 audio
# ln -s sound/1ctl audioctl

but flash was still playing through the internal speakers.

The answer came when I ran pfiles on the firefox-bin process, I noticed that it had the dsp device for the internal audio controller open.

What I had forgotten was

# rm dsp
# ln -s dsp1 dsp

I went and started a youtube video and had to immediately halt it as the volume through the other device had been set WAY too high, but yea that’s all it took.

The creation of a script called audio that takes an argument of the device is then trivial, and left as an exercise for the reader (yes I’ve already written one).

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Written by Alan

April 17, 2011 at 12:01 pm

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